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This Mucuna Pruriens review is my personal experience of how I boost testosterone and anabolic function, increase strength and build muscle. Below, I share my unique recipe that enhances the L-Dopa contained in this wonderful legume.
To boost testosterone, you want to assimilate every milligram of the L-Dopa in your Macuna supplement! Adding Enhanced Phospholipid Exchange potentizes L-Dopa and the other beneficial compounds significantly.
Whether you are a man or woman, younger or older, like to lift weights or not, you may benefit from Mucuna Pruriens. Including it in your dietary program can keep you physically stronger, improve mood, enhance libido and sexual response and help prevent loss of muscle mass.
This legume, also popularly known as Velvet Bean and Cow-itch, is most known for the compound, L-Dopa. While there are extracts on the market, finely ground whole bean is the safest way to go - containing a full spectrum of beneficial compounds in addition to the L-Dopa. Note: Not recommended for pregnant women.
In one study, a variety of unprocessed whole ground Mucuna Pruriens samples was shown to contain between 2.18 - 6.17% (average approx. 4.18% pure L-Dopa.
Maximum tolerable daily dose of L-Dopa for a 150 lb person is approx. 1.5 grams (1500 mg).
**Assuming an average L-Dopa content of 40 mg per gram and 4 grams bean powder to a level teaspoon, maximum dose of whole bean powder would be 7 level teaspoons at the very most, allowing for some variance in potency.
I personally would NOT go even that high. At my high dose, I average 4 - 5 teaspoons to very good effect!**
Mucuna Pruriens initially interested me because men who want to boost testosterone naturally, are among my clients. Woman clients have voiced concerns about losing interest in sex have asked me about female libido enhancement.
Personal interest has also fueled my research, as it does with most of my products ;-)
Both men and women need testosterone. In the right amount, this wonderful hormone has a multitude of benefits:
The L-Dopa in Mucuna Pruriens is the precursor to Dopamine, a neurotransmitter. Because Dopamine prevents prolactin from destroying Testosterone, Mucuna Pruriens in sufficient amounts helps boost Testosterone. Boosting Testosterone naturally increases anabolic capacity, strength and endurance. We have more desire and ambition to challenge our limits. It is easier to build muscle.
Heart and circulatory health, energy, mental clarity, libido and sexual responsiveness, youthful skin, achieving and maintaining athletic levels of muscle mass, optimism and enthusiasm for life all depend on healthy Testosterone levels.
On the day of my unexpected breakthrough, I had two Mucuna Pruriens drinks with added Enhanced Phospholipid Exchange. (I hadn't yet added the Montiff Super-Sports formula to my protocol, so this was a good experiment)!
I took the first Mucuna / Phospholipid drink about 40 minutes before, and the second about 15 minutes before my workout.
IMPORTANT: Start slow with 1/4 teaspoon Mucuna Pruriens and 1/8 teaspoon Enhanced Phospholipid Exchange.
Every 2 - 3 days, can add another 1/4 t Mucuna and 1/8 t Phospholipid formula until you are at full dose. If you are a large individual, you may then try going up a bit more: 2 1/2 teaspoons Mucuna Pruriens and 3/4 teaspoon Phospholipid.
Recipe for each drink:
1 rounded teaspoon Mucuna Pruriens powder
1/2 teaspoon Enhanced Phospholipid Exchange
1/16 teaspoon Kal stevia extract powder
6 oz water
Directions: Mix Mucuna Pruriens, stevia powder and a little cool water in a cup. Pour 2 oz hot (not boiling) water into the cup and mix. Add about 4 oz cool water and the Phospholipid Exchange. Stir thoroughly and drink.
One of my weight training exercises is the Single Arm Row with a 30 lb dumbbell. For a number of years, even on a good day, I could do only two sets. The first set would be 10 or 12 reps on a good day, 8 reps on an average day. If I was lucky, the second set I could do 6 reps.
Imagine my astonishment at the following scenario:
I do my first set with the 30 lb weights. Ten reps. After a break doing some push-ups, I do a second set of ten reps. It dawns on me that it actually feels a little easier than the first set - I am intrigued enough to try a third set, something I never did before.
So after another short break, I do a third set of ten reps. It feels really GOOD, and dare I say - yet easier! This is totally unprecedented!
Unexpectedly, I contemplate a whole new vista in my training. Could it be the Mucuna Pruriens?
My fourth set of ten reps for each arm, the weights feel like 10 lb weights instead of 30 lb - wow! Previously, the second set I would quit because the weights seemed to become heavier and heavier.
I also notice I feel more pumped up and ambitious about exercising - want to do more, put more effort into it and do it longer. What a great feeling!
Second Breakthrough: Power Toss of 18 lb medicine ball. My usual number of tosses was 8 reps. One day, I went up to 12 - effortlessly - then went on to do another set of between 8 and 10!
Some other observations...
Since that first day of that weight lifting breakthrough, I ALSO feel more 'pumped up' emotionally - bold, confident, uplifted and optimistic.
More at ease in all situations, yet more alert. In difficult situations, I have both more equanimity and more decisiveness. I am more flexible, but won't back down when firmness is called for.
In addition, my mood is overall more upbeat and optimistic. Difficult situations don't bother me as much as they used to - it is easier to move more boldly through life.
I attribute these changes to the Mucuna Pruriens / Phospholipid Exchange combo, since that is the only thing I did differently during this time period.
Was my first Mucuna Pruriens / Phospholipid Exchange experience just a fluke? No...to this day, my workouts continue to be more intense and enjoyable. I also find I am building more muscle mass.
Perhaps this combination will give you more energy, optimism, enthusiasm, ambition to exercise - and yes, heighten libido as well.
It IS possible to become younger as you grow older!
MUCUNA PRURIENTS NO LONGER A VIABLE OPTION: Regretfully, it has been two years since I have been able to obtain a Mucuna Pruriens powder as excellent as that which inspired this article.
***I personally trialled product from several of the top companies, giving each a good few months worth of use. Sadly, none measured up.***
Because I unequivocally refuse to have any product up on my site that does not meet my standards of excellence, Mucuna Pruriens powder is no longer among the products I would recommend to you.
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