Synonyms: velvet bean extract, cowitch extract, L-DOPA
Mucuna Pruriens Overview
This an an extract of mucuna pruriens, or the velvet bean. A standardized extract is preferred (15% L-DOPA in this case) over an extract ratio. Why? Because a ratio extract, such as 30:1 does not tell us L-DOPA–the active ingredient–is in the supplement.
A 15% standardized extract ensures a minimum of 60 mg of L-DOPA per capsule, or 120 mg of L-DOPA per serving.
L-DOPA is the effective phytochemical in this supplement. L-DOPA is converted to dopamine in the body and is responsible for the mood benefits of this supplement. Dopamine also has a multitude of beneficial effects on learning, memory, and brain health. If you are looking for more information on L-DOPA benefits, Nootropics Expert has extensive research.
Take 2 capsules of Mucuna Pruriens 15% L-DOPA one to three times daily as needed. L-DOPA has a half-life of only around 90 minutes. One serving (2 capsules) yields 120 mg L-DOPA.