Mucuna Pruriens, or Velvet Bean, is a legume grow on trees in tropical climates like; the Caribbean, India, and Southern Florida . It is notorious among its handlers for the itchiness that is caused by serotonin on the plants surface. It has been celebrated by Indian Ayurvedic medicine for sexual health long before Western adoption . Mucuna Pruriens is most notably recognized for its high concentration of L-Dopa. L-dopa is a direct precursor to Dopamine, a neurotransmitter with a strong influence on mood .
How to take
With a Meal on an As Needed Basis
150-200 mg per serving
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