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Also known as Velvet Beans, our Mucuna Pruriens are grown in India, where the plant thrives in sunny, humid environments and where communities in the area have looked after it for generations. The seeds of the plant have been used as an aphrodisiac and an inducement to lucid dreaming in Ayurveda for thousands of years. In extract form, the amino acid L-DOPA, (a precursor to dopamine) is bioavailable and easy to incorporate into beverages.
Mucuna pruriens is grown throughout India where the plant thrives in sunny, humid environments and the communities in these areas have tended to the plant for generations. The plant is a climbing shrub and grows vines up to 50ft in length with small, thinly stemmed leaves that are heavily grooved with pointy ends. The flowers are white, lavender or purple in color and the fruit is long and leguminous with hairy husks that encase up to seven seeds in their pods. Fuzzy hairs, that can cause irritation are present all over the plant but disappear as the plant matures and is ready to be harvested.
When the plant is ready to be harvested, the pods are removed and split open to remove the seeds. When the seeds have been harvested, they are cleaned, dried, ground and extracted 5:1 using pure water and ethanol. The solution is then chilled and filtered numerous time, resulting in a more concentrated product. After the mucuna pruriens seeds are concentrated, they are tested and checked for quality, dried, milled and sifted.
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value*|
|Mucuna pruriens extract (Mucuna pruriens) ()
[standardized to 15% L-DOPA] 1200mg
*Daily value not established.