Mucuna Pruriens is the botanical name for the Velvet Bean aka Monkey Tamarind. Native to Africa and Tropical Asia. In West Africa Mucuna Pruriens is known as “Werepe” or “Agbala” and “Kapikacchu” in India. Werepe has a very high L-DOPA content which is a direct precursor to dopamine, this is credited for its many therapeutic benefits. Werepe has been prized for its traditional use in the treatment of many health issues like Parkinson’s disease and improving infertility.
Always consult your healthcare provider, this is not medical advise, but the benefits of Mucuna Pruriens are available for public reasearch.
Preliminary research suggests that dose-matched Mucuna pruriens is roughly equivalent to pharmaceutical L-DOPA for reducing the general symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Mucuna pruriens is also researched in the context of sperm quality for infertile men. Preliminary evidence suggests it to be effective, with improvements in sperm motility and concentration being its best-substantiated effects.
5g of dried powder has been used with efficacy in some human studies on Parkinson’s Disease and fertility. This dose or doses upwards of it should be a good starting point.
If your supplement is standardized for L-DOPA and you are supplementing for an effect attributed to L-DOPA, then start with about 1/2 the L-DOPA equivalent and work up if needed.