Living with Parkinson’s: We have science on our side
Updated: Jun 19
There is a wealth of peer reviewed scientific studies available that support the use of natural Mucuna pruriens bean in the treatment and support of those with Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects over 10 million people worldwide. While there is no known cure for Parkinson's, there are a variety of treatments and therapies available to help manage the symptoms of the disease. One such treatment that has been gaining attention in recent years is the use of natural Mucuna pruriens bean. In this blog, we will explore the wealth of peer-reviewed scientific studies that support the use of Mucuna pruriens in the treatment and support of those with Parkinson's disease.
Mucuna pruriens is a tropical legume that is native to India and has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. The bean contains a high concentration of L-DOPA, a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter in the brain that is involved in movement, motivation, and reward. In Parkinson's disease, dopamine-producing neurons in the brain die off, leading to a dopamine deficiency and the characteristic motor symptoms of the disease.
Numerous studies have investigated the efficacy of Mucuna pruriens in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. One study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry found that Mucuna pruriens was as effective as standard pharmaceutical medication for the treatment of early-stage Parkinson's disease. The study compared the use of Mucuna pruriens to the standard medication levodopa and found that both treatments produced similar improvements in motor symptoms.
Another study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that Mucuna pruriens improved motor symptoms and quality of life in individuals with Parkinson's disease who were experiencing pharmaceutical levodopa-induced dyskinesias. Dyskinesias are involuntary movements that can occur as a side effect of levodopa treatment.
A systematic review of the literature published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease concluded that Mucuna pruriens is a safe and effective alternative to levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. The review found that Mucuna pruriens improved motor symptoms, reduced medication-induced side effects, and had neuroprotective effects.
In addition to improving motor symptoms, Mucuna pruriens has also been found to have neuroprotective effects. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that Mucuna pruriens had antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protected dopamine-producing neurons in the brain from oxidative stress.
To sum it up, the scientific literature supports the use of natural Mucuna pruriens bean in the treatment and support of those with Parkinson's disease. The bean's high concentration of L-DOPA and neuroprotective properties make it an effective alternative to standard medication for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson's disease, it may be worth exploring the potential benefits of Mucuna pruriens in consultation with a healthcare professional.