Mucuna pruriens is referred to as a natural herbal supplement originating from ancient Indian medical practices although it’s technically a legume that grows in the tropics. This adaptogen can be used to lower stress, reduce anxiety, improve focus, boost libido and improve mood.
Mucuna treatment may not only induce the activation of sexual behavior but may also increase plasma testosterone levels. It has been reported recently that l-DOPA and its metabolite dopamine stimulate the hypothalamus and forebrain to secrete gonadotropin-releasing hormone.
Another study found that Mucuna pruriens had an antidepressant effect due to an increase in dopamine production.