Mucuna Pruriens
Mucuna Pruriens Supplement
DopaTrax™ Mucuna Pruriens
Mucuna Pruriens Extract L-Dopa 15%
L-Dopa
Mucuna Pruriens
Mucuna Pruriens Supplement
DopaTrax™ Mucuna Pruriens
Mucuna Pruriens Extract L-Dopa 15%
L-Dopa

DopaTrax™ Mucuna Pruriens

$17.99

DopaTrax™ is a premium, all-natural dietary supplement containing a specialty extract of Mucuna Pruriens, also called “the velvet bean”.

This tropical legume is native to Africa and Asia and has been used in traditional medicine for THOUSANDS of years. Local tribal communities use this natural plant against snakebites and for a wide variety of health benefits.

Supplementing your diet with mucuna pruriens can support:

  • Promoted, healthy dopamine levels
  • Enhanced mood and energy
  • Healthy levels of adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisone
  • Healthy levels of testosterone, sex drive, sperm and seminal motility

Combined, it’s no surprise that mucuna pruriens is widely used as a powerful nootropic to try and enhance brain health, and boost testosterone and libido!

Promote Dopamine Levels To Naturally Boost Mood, Energy And Brain Health! 

The active ingredient in mucuna pruriens is levodopa (or L-Dopa), which is the immediate precursor to dopamine (and absorbed better by your body than dopamine itself).

Dopamine is one the most powerful neurotransmitters in your brain - controlling your brain’s pleasure and reward centers.

Taking DopaTrax™ is a natural way to promote your levels of dopamine, and support healthy levels of epinephrine (or adrenaline), norepinephrine (or noradrenaline) and cortisol, (which helps you regulate stress levels).

These hormones help you regulate your mood, energy and emotions, as well as metabolism, posture and motor function.

Supplementing your diet with DopaTrax™ helps you balance your overall brain chemistry, and may increase your overall subjective well-being.

DopaTrax™ Mucuna Pruriens

Support Your Reproductive Health 

Mucuna pruriens has traditionally been used as an all-natural aphrodisiac and libido enhancer

Studies show that it promotes healthy testosterone and prolactin levels. Plus, it also supports overall sperm quality and seminal motility.

DopaTrax™ Mucuna Pruriens

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A Look at the Potential Health Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens Extract

  • Contains L-Dopa, a precursor of dopamine
  • Is a traditional herbal remedy
  • Supports healthy levels of hormones that are active in the brain
  • Supports the response to stress and improves mood
  • Helps to maintain healthy metabolism
  • May help to improve libido and sperm quality

Mucuna pruriens, also known as Velvet Bean or Cowhage, has long been used as an herbal medication in the Indian Ayurveda system. It has traditionally been used to help with many cognitive issues, and is well known for its antioxidant and neuroprotective effects [1]. It has also been traditionally used to treat venom from snake bites by cobras, vipers, and Kraits.

This legume naturally grows in tropical and subtropical regions. Another of its common names is cowitch. It gets this name because it contains a substance known as mucunain [2], which can sting, make you itch, and cause dermatitis. Although Velvet bean can be eaten by humans, and is consumed by numerous ethnic groups, it is largely used as an animal fodder.

The plant contains many bioactive compounds. These include phenols, tannins, and hallucinogenic tryptamines. However, most people are interested in Mucuna because of its large content of the amino acid L-Dopa (levodopa), which is a precursor of the hormonal neurotransmitter dopamine. This hormone is known to play a major role in the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, helps to regulate movement, and is also involved in processes involving reinforcement, motivation, risk taking, and addiction [3].

Mucuna pruriens typically contains from 4 to 7 percent L-Dopa. Some other main phenolics found in the plant are the tetrahydroisoquinolines.

In humans, L-Dopa is naturally created from L-tyrosine. In addition to dopamine it also acts as a precursor to numerous other neurotransmitters, including noradrenaline and epinephrine. It also plays a role in support of the central nervous system and brain health through the mediation of neurotrophic factors [4].

Because of its rich content of bioactive compounds it is no surprise that Mucuna has been associated with numerous pharmacological effects, some of these include possible support of the inflammatory response [5], the presence of healthy antioxidants [1] neuroprotective properties, and the support of healthy blood glucose homeostasis [1]. 

It is also reported to support sperm quality and healthier levels of testosterone in people who have low levels of this sex hormone.

Cognition and Neurobiology

L-Dopa is able to cross the blood-brain barrier, and can then be converted into dopamine (and into other neurotransmitters) [6]. 

The presence of antioxidants is likely to portray neuroprotective effects on dopaminergic neurons [1, 7]. When rats were treated with a Mucuna pruriens cotyledon powder in vitro there was an observable increase in brain mitochondrial complex-I activity, and a restoration of levodopa, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin hormone levels.

It has also been reported that a polyherbal formulation, containing Mucuna extract as one of its key ingredients, was able to support passive avoidance acquisition learning and memory processes in rats [8].

Sexual Health, Sperm Quality, and Libido 

In Ayurveda medicine, Mucuna pruriens seeds have been traditionally used by men for their aphrodisiac effects [1]. Modern studies seem to support these ancient uses.

A study revealed that supplementation with 5 g of Mucuna pruriens powder may support reproductive health through a positive effect on sperm quality aspects such as count and motility [9]. This is likely a result of the observed significant increases in serum testosterone and luteinizing hormone, and of healthier levels of dopamine, adrenaline, and noradrenaline in the seminal plasma and blood [9]. 

The use of the plant is also thought to have a positive effect on libido.

Studies in rats demonstrated that mounting frequency increased, and thus these plants may support aphrodisiac activity and help to promote sexual arousal [10].

Nootropic Effects of Boosting Dopamine 

As mentioned above, the L-Dopa found in Mucuna pruriens is able to act as a precursor of dopamine, and thus boost its levels in the system. This hormone is known to have many beneficial effects on promoting motivation, maintaining healthy mood, good sleep, and general well being.

The dopamine hormone plays a major role in sleep and is may help to reduce tiredness and irritability through improving sleep quality.

Dopamine plays a major role in positive reinforcement and reward perception and maintaining a healthy balance of dopamine levels is very important for well being. Having insufficient amounts of this hormone can lead to lethargy and apathy, and disrupt healthy sleep patterns. 

Further Reading  

  • Reddit: What are your nootropic experiences with Mucuna pruriens when stacked with EGCG / decarboxylase inhibitor {https://www.reddit.com/r/Nootropics/comments/4qbg6o/experiences_with_mucuna_pruriens/}
  • Quora: Is Mucuna Pruriens better than Wellbutrin (bupropion)? {https://www.quora.com/Is-Mucuna-Pruriens-better-than-Wellbutrin-bupropion}
  • WebMD: Information on its uses, side effects, interactions, and dosage requirements {http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1020-cowhage.aspx?activeingredientid=1020&activeingredientname=cowhage}

Citations, Reviews, Abstract, and References 

[1] Lampariello et al. The Magic Velvet Bean of Mucuna pruriens. J Tradit Complement Med. 2012 Oct-Dec; 2(4): 331–339. 

[2] Infante. Outbreak of acute toxic psychosis attributed to Mucuna pruriens. The Lancet. 1990;336:1129.

[3] As described by Macalester college: URL [https://www.macalester.edu/academics/psychology/whathap/ubnrp/alcohol04/Emotions/dopamine.htm] 

[4] Lopez et al. L-DOPA is an endogenous ligand for OA1. PLoS Biol. 2008 Sep 30;6(9):e236. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0060236.

[5] Hishika et al. Preliminary phytochemical and anti-inflammatory activity of seeds of Mucuna pruriens. Indian J pharmacol. 1981;13(1):97–98.

[6] Kulhalli P. Heritage Healing. 1999 Jul;:29–30. 

[7] Misra and Wagner. Extraction of bioactive principles from Mucuna pruriens seeds. Indian Journal Biochem Biophys. 2007 Feb;44(1):56-60.

[8] Shah and Goyal. Investigation of neuropsychopharmacological effects of a polyherbal formulation on the learning and memory process in rats. J Young Pharm. 2011 Apr;3(2):119-24. doi: 10.4103/0975-1483.80296.

[9] Shukla et al. Mucuna pruriens improves male fertility by its action on the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal axis. Fertil Steril. 2009 Dec;92(6):1934-40. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2008.09.045. 

[10] Suresh et al. Dose- and time-dependent effects of ethanolic extract of Mucuna pruriens Linn. seed on sexual behaviour of normal male rats. J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Apr 21;122(3):497-501. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2009.01.032. 

[11] Lampariello et al. Proeteomic profiling and post-trasductional modifications in human keratinocytes treated with Mucona Pruriens leale extract. Oxygen Club of California World Congress. Oxidants and Antioxidants in Biology Cell Signalling and Nutrient-Gene Interactions; pp. 20–23. 2012. 

[12] Guerranti et al. Protection of Mucuna pruriens seeds against Echis carinatus venom is exerted through a multiform glycoprotein whose oligosaccharide chains are functional in this role. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2004 Oct 15;323(2):484-90.

Questions and Answers 

Is L-Dopa used as a psychoactive?

Yes, it has hallucination properties and is used in the manufacturer of INN levodopa drugs and medications such as Pharmacopa and Sineme. However, the amount of L-Dopa that is naturally found in Mucuna Pruriens is at a much lower amount than is used in the pharmaceutical industry, and so is very unlikely to have hallucinatory effects.

Can I just eat Mucuna Pruriens beans to get L-Dopa?

Unfortunately this bean contains large amounts of trypsin inhibitors. These can be destroyed through cooking the beans, but unfortunately this also largely diminishes the L-Dopa content too. 

Is it good for the skin?

Preliminary studies suggest that an extract from Mucuna pruriens may have benefits for skin [11], further research work is required before its potential role in the support of skin health can be fully determined. 

What is the best source L-Dopa / Mucuna Pruriens?

Each of our DopaTrax™ product’s capsules contain a 750 mg dose of Mucuna Pruriens extract. A serving size dosage is two capsules, and there are sixty servings per container. 

When to take? Should I take Mucuna Pruriens with food?

Many people report that they find it acts quicker if taken on an empty stomach, however, it has also been reported to cause stomach reflux discomfort if it is not taken with food. So you may wish to experiment to find what works best for you. Some people have mentioned that if they take it an hour or so before going to bed, and do not take carbs, that it may help to support better sleep. 

What is DOPA Mucuna used for?

As it is rich in protein, L-Dopa, and contains compounds with antioxidant properties it is often used in the support of brain health.

What is Velvet bean extract good for?

See above.

Can I take if I am on another medication?

In cases like this we recommend that you first discuss it with your doctor or health care professional. 

Are there any side effects?

We recommend that you read the WebMD article listed in the further reading section below for information on any potential toxic effects and interactions. 

Tell me more about the VitaMonk Product?

DopaTrax contains a Mucuna Pruriens extract that provides 15% L-Dopa. The product is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. We only use the highest quality ingredients in all of our products. They are available for sale online here, and you can also buy them on Amazon. We offer free shipping on all purchase orders over $35.