mucuna pruriens
mucuna pruriens

Organic Mucuna Pruriens Powder

Even modern day medicine is based on herbs, plants and things we can find in nature. It was what the ancients used to treat ailments and diseases.

Ayuverdic medicine, one of the oldest medical practices in the world, has utilised herbs and plants for their therapeutic properties. One such plant is called mucuna pruriens. It is so nutritionally dense companies have tried and successfully harnessed its nutrients into products like mucuna pills and mucuna powder.

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What is it?

Mucuna pruriens—cowhage or velvet beans as it is sometimes called—is a vine from the Fabaceae family. It is a fast growing legume that is endemic to South America, India, West Indies, Africa and other tropical areas. The colour of the seeds of the beans can be brown or beige, sometimes black, depending on the variety. On the outside, the pod is velvety and can cause skin irritation. In Daoism, mucuna is known as a “jing” enhancing herb—something that would nourish the body at the fundamental level. In ancient ayurvedic medicine, mucuna is called “kapikacchu” and it has been used therapeutically since 1500 BC. Aside from being a nitrogen soil fixer and soil fertility restorer, the ancients also utilised this powerful plant to treat snakebites and other types of poisoning, mood swings, depression, sexual drive, stress and intestinal problems. They also used mucuna to balance disorders in the nervous and reproductive systems of the body.

What are its nutritional content and health benefits?

The ancients were not far off in how they perceived and used mucuna. Today, research has proven that some of the health claims of this plant are indeed scientifically sound and true.

Research has found that mucuna contains significant levels of L-Dopa (levodopa), an amino acid that turns into dopamine through a process called decarboxylation. Dopamine helps promote sound sleep. Mucuna also has DMT (dimethyltryptamine), bufotenine and 5-MeO-DMT. These are compounds which has similar properties with psychedelic plants. Although not a psychedelic plant itself, mucuna can be considered a spiritual plant as it promotes a general sense of well-being, relieves anxiety and regulates sleep.
Men with psychological stress and fertility issues who participated in a study showed that after a supplementation of mucuna, the quality and count of their sperm increased. They also manifested a positive response to stressors. These effects can be accounted to the fact that mucuna can reactivate the body’s defense system and maintain homeostatis in the body.

Research on the positive effects of mucuna on Parkinson’s disease is still in its preliminary stage, but so far, the results are positive. Initial studies indicate the L-dopa in mucuna can help in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease as Parkinson’s is partly characterized by the decrease of dopamine production by the brain.Other mucuna powder benefits include treating vaginal discharge, excessive menstrual bleeding, involuntary ejaculation and parasitic worms, building muscles among others.

What makes our mucuna powder different?

Not all mucuna powders are the same. There are indications that will tell you a real, high quality mucuna powder from an inferior one.
The soil where our mucuna plants grow are fertile and free of contaminants. We don’t resort to chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and fungicides to grow and cultivate our crops—they are grown naturally, irrigating them with clean water and exposing them to plenty of sunshine. To prove our mucuna is certified organic, we can show you soil certifications and the approval of EU certification bodies.
You can tell a high quality mucuna powder by the lack of ingredients in the label. Most mucuna powder contains ingredients you can’t even begin to pronounce. Our mucuna powder is made from 100% pure, unadulterated organic mucuna extract which makes it really potent and nutritionally powerful.
You’ll find our mucuna powder has a brownish orange colour. This is natural and not caused by any artificial food colouring. It also has a smoky, caramel and slightly bitter flavour. This is all natural as well.
Most mucuna powder products tend to be really bitter. But as we have mentioned earlier, our powder has a smoky, caramel and only slightly bitter taste which you can take up straight in a glass of warm water.

Where and how much can we deliver?

Impact Foods can provide a consistent supply of organic mucuna powder UK in bulk, private label and white label. We can also deliver to any place in the UK and all throughout Europe.