A Building Block of Dopamine
Mucuna Pruriens, also known as the magic Velvet Bean, is a popular tropical medicinal plant, which has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine. Mucuna Pruriens popularity is rooted in its high L-DOPA content, a building block of DOPAmine. Dopamine is one of the most critical neurotransmitters in the brain, allowing us to feel pleasure, satisfaction, and motivation. The high content of DOPA in Mucuna Pruriens makes it an excellent natural remedy, which can support general mental health and well-being.
In addition to the mental health benefits of L-DOPA, all parts of the Mucuna plant possess medicinal properties that exhibit a wide variety of pharmacological effects, including anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and anti-oxidant properties. It might seem like magic, but it’s just the power of plants.
A Powerful Seed
Deep in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, on a plant of large leaves and white flowers, grows the multifaceted Guarana seed (Paullinia cupana, Brazilian cocoa). Named after the Amazonian Guarani tribe, the lush green plant has been a fixture of native culture for centuries. According to Brazilian mythology, the first Guarana plant was grown by a king who planted the eye of a child villager.
The Guarana seed's natural versatility makes it not only a highly effective coffee substitute, but a natural nootropic as well. Guarana can even be used topically as an anti-aging serum. While further research is still warranted, other potential benefits include: antidepressant effects, cardiovascular support, libido enhancement, neuro-protection, longevity promotion and weight loss.
With naturally occurring caffeine, theobromine, theophylline, tannins, and flavonoids, scientists believe the synergistic interactions of these and other compounds are what makes Guarana's effects so diversely profound.