For motivation, drive and feeling good about life
Mucuna is of increasing interest to Western scientific researchers because it has so many measurable beneficial properties, especially for hormones and neurotransmitters. These are the messengers and chemicals in our body that make us feel things; for instance Human Growth Hormone helps our cells to build better and makes us feel young. The hormone testosterone gives us drive and makes us feel powerful. The neurotransmitter serotonin helps us to feel good about life, melatonin helps us to relax and sleep, and dopamine is our ‘reward’ neurotransmitter. It makes us feel good, makes us feel motivated and gives us the drive to move forward with whatever we want to do.
Mucuna contains a lot of L-dopa which is a precursor to dopamine in the body. In fact it has so much L-dopa that research is being done on its use as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, which is a condition related to very low levels of L-dopa.
Mucuna is a stimulating herb and is best taken in the morning. Unlike coffee, mucuna is not a stress stimulator, not is it a blood sugar stimulator. It is a dopamine enhancer. Most stimulant drugs such as caffeine, cigarettes or cocaine work partly by draining you of dopamine, forcing the body to produce more for a short term buzz. In contrast, mucuna is actually giving you dopamine so you feel awesome.
Mucuna is a fascinating tonic herb. It’s not a traditional Chinese herb. It comes from South East Asia and has been in use there for hundreds of years.
I absolutely love mucuna and recommend it for pretty much anyone, except maybe those who are already so driven and hungry and go-getting that nothing will stop them. For everyone else, I really recommend having a teaspoon or two in the morning to set you up for the day. You could have some later in the day to help you out of an energy dip. It makes you feel good about life – give it a go!