Benefits of velvet bean.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.

This is not medical advice I have written this for educational purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.

Velvet bean (Mucana pruriens)

Velvet bean has been found to be neuroprotective. It has been shown to prevent or reverse the effects of Parkinson’s disease. It is a good source of protein for those who have sulfation issues because the proteins in velvet bean are low sulfur proteins. It does contain anti-nutrient substances so should not be taken near meals. It contains a trypsin inhibitor which could help those with COPD but it inhibits the breakdown of proteins in the body. The levels of antinutrients in Velvet bean are very low so it would take very excessive amounts to cause negative health effects. It can cause damage to the pancreas. This is why I believe Velvet bean should be pulsed. Velvet bean contains L-dopa which can help increases dopamine levels the feel good hormone. This can help to reduce the effects of stress helping to protect the adrenals. When the adrenals are upregulated and get depleted or damaged the body will shunt progesterone to produce adrenal hormones the can have dramatic effects on the hormones in the body and can make menstruation very painful for women. By protecting the adrenals you can reduce the risk of this happening. Most beans contain trypsin inhibitors . It is when we consume high amounts that it can be a problem. Velvet bean is high in tryptamine. If tryptamine levels get too high it can cause a reaction similar to that of histamines. Velvet bean has an insulin mimetic so can decrease glucose levels in the blood which would help with certain types of diabetes. Velvet bean enhances memory and improves kidney function.

Velvet bean can help to improve sleep quality and increase tolerance to stress.

Velvet bean has been shown to reduce some of the effects of aging, arthritis and inflammatory disease. It has been shown to help prevent high blood pressure. Velvet bean also has potent antioxidant properties. Velvet bean increases antioxidant enzymes.

It can decrease body temperature but increases tolerance to pain. It also neutralizes Cobra venom. It increases sexual stamina and fertility. Because velvet bean improves the health of the HPA axis it would help to restore normal hormone levels. It also could help restore hormone levels because it restores the membrane potential in mitochondria which means nutrients could be taken into the mitochondria and waste could be removed more easily which would also improve the mitochondrias ability to burn fat.

Velvet bean stimulates the release of growth hormone which is usually inhibited during chronic illness. It would prevent muscle atrophy and increase muscle growth.

Most recommend starting with 5 grams a day. Side effects if taken in excess are headache, pounding heartbeat, psychosis-being easily agitated, confusion, delusions or hallucinations. Velvet bean consumed in excess can cause stomach ulcers. Do not take velvet bean during the day or when driving it reduce motor function in the body. If used in moderation velvet bean is actually gasoprotective.

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