Macuna, also known as cowhage, is an organic superfood that has been used by ancient healers as far back as 1500 B.C. An herbal medicine that can treat an array of ailments from snakebite to depression.
This bean-like plant is actually a fast growing vine and shrub that grows wild in the woodlands of tropical areas like the Bahamas and reaching as far as southern Florida. An organic superfood legume that belongs to the family of fabaceace whose seed come in brown, beige ad black colors that grows inside a very hairy pod.
As for its nutritional content, macuna has an ample level of plant protein, including fibers, essential minerals and carbohydrates that makes up a healthy diet.
The whole plant is used as medicine that includes the hair of the bean pod, but it’s the seeds that are primarily used as a dietary supplement in powdered form. This organic superfood has also been used for therapeutic purposes for ages to balance the nervous and reproductive system of the body. It can also help develop muscle growth as it contains testosterone, growth hormones and amino acids that builds muscles. For centuries, this amazing velvet bean has been used to improve sex drive in both men and women as well as in calming the nerves. It also aides getting rid of addictive drug cravings, in uplifting your mood, and helping you get a restful sleep.
Macuna is naturally abundant in L- dopa or levodopa, a unique amino acid that is an essential precursor to neurotransmitters known as dopamine, thus making this organic superfood as natural supplement for individuals with low levels of dopamine. Also known as the “feel good hormone”, this dopamine present our bodies can be produced or stimulated through exercise and sexual experiences, but cannot on its own cross the blood-brain barrier. This is one advantage of L-dopa found in macuna which can reach the brain and be converted into dopamine through a process called decarboxylation. This is also the reason why macuna has been accepted as a safer and more effective organic superfood alternative in treating Parkinson’s disease.
Precaution: The hair of the bean pod is a strong irritant and must be handled with caution. It can cause extreme burning sensation, itching and swelling. Symptoms or side effects of macuna are headache, confusion, hallucination, and pounding heartbeat. Individuals who are diabetic, with liver or cardiovascular disease should avoid use of Macuna or at least consult with health provider first.
As a health supplement, macuna is usually sold in powder and tablet form that should contain at least 15% L-dopa. It’s also best to get them from a trusted supplier and make sure that they are organic.
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