Mucuna Pruriens (velvet bean, cowhage) is one of the best natural substances that raise HGH levels. It contains a lot of l-dopa (levodopa), which is a precursor for dopamine, a neurotransmitter of the brain involved in mood control, concentration, sexual desire, and sleep. It has a long history of usage in Indian traditional medicine, or Ayurveda, for its ability to stimulate sexual desire and improve semen quality.
However, Mucuna pruriens is being studied for its use in treating people with Parkinson’s Disease due to being one of the few significant sources of l-dopa. As stated earlier, the l-dopa contained in Mucuna pruriens is used by the body to synthesize dopamine, which then stimulates HGH release, as well. Note though, that more studies to confirm its effect on humans are needed.
Found in tropical Africa, India, and the Carribean, it is a climbing plant, producing leguminous seeds in pods that are about 4 inches long. Young plants are covered in fine hairs that disappear as the plant gets older. It is actually an important forage or fallow crop on denuded soils in the tropics, but since gaining a reputation as a valuable supplement for Parkinson’s Disease, many farmers have started growing Mucuna pruriens commercially. In India, people actually consume these beans as if it is part of their staple diet.
I’ve been taking Mucuna pruriens capsules for a couple of months now, although I’m only taking a fairly low dose. As I’m taking it with my amino acid stack, I can’t really state that Mucuna pruriens is alone responsible for improving the way I feel. I believe in always keeping it natural though, and that’s why I have it as a permanent addition to my daily intake. The best way to take Mucuna pruriens in my opinion though, is as a powdered (non capsule) form. That way, you can easily take in a few grams per serving, as opposed to the tiny amounts contained in capsules.
Mucuna pruriens also has a higher content of l-dopa compared to broad beans/fava beans (Vicia faba). So why is dopamine getting attention in its relation to HGH? Dopamine has been shown to stimulate HGH release in experiments done with fish, and in limited tests, humans. In critically ill patients, dopamine did raise HGH levels; as well as in insulin dependent diabetic patients, and children with growth problems.
Right now, medical science is more preoccupied with the role of l-dopa and dopamine in treating Parkinson’s Disease, and that’s why I think there isn’t much attention devoted to its effect on growth hormone release. Nonetheless, if you want a cheap but natural growth hormone inducing food source, Mucuna pruriens is ideal, being easily available in many stores online and offline. Update: This herb is also included in the formulation for the growth hormone releaser – GenF20 Plus.