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Don Gauvreau MSc, CSCS
Don Gauvreau, A.K.A. The Supplement Godfather, is one of the leading researchers and product formulators in the sports supplement industry.
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Mucuna Pruriens Increases Testosterone

Q. What's you opinion of Mucuna pruriens for increasing testosterone? 

A. Mucuna pruriens goes by the common names of velvet bean and cowitch. This ingredient has been used for quite some time as it provides a great natural source of L-dopa and can help increase dopamine production in the brain.

Dopamine is the “feel-good” neurotransmitter, and by increasing its output, you can inherently boost mood and feelings of well-being. Dopamine also plays a key role in growth hormone secretion, and it can inhibit somatostatin secretion, which then results in a greater stimulatory effect of growth-hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH). All of these benefits are great, but what really piqued my interest is some of the new research that shows just how effective mucuna can be as a testosterone-boosting agent! This is the kind of cool shit that really gets me excited about supplements.

The mucuna-testosterone research was conducted at a university in India and included 150 male subjects (75 fertile and 75 unfertile) between the ages of 25 and 40. Each subject was given 5,000 milligrams of mucuna seed powder every day for three months. Before and after the mucuna treatment, subjects had their testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), and prolactin levels tested, along with a few other parameters. The end result? Both testosterone and LH levels increased significantly while prolactin levels decreased big time! This happened in all subject groups—both fertile and unfertile men. Testosterone increased by up to 43 percent and LH by 56 percent while prolactin levels decreased by as much as 32 percent! Those are pretty incredible results, and the decrease in prolactin is something that really sets mucuna apart from almost all other test boosters currently available.

Prolactin has several minor functions in the body, but it’s most well known for stimulating the mammary glands to produce milk (something we guys would never want!). On top of that, elevated levels of prolactin are shown to decrease testosterone and LH. So, by reducing prolactin, you can increase test and LH! On top of that, prolactin is associated with gynecomastia (aka “bitch tits”), and I don’t think anyone that wants that condition. In addition to all of these amazing effects, the mucuna also had a profound effect on improving fertility in men, which makes sense considering there’s a correlation to fertility and greater testosterone levels.

The one important thing to remember when using mucuna to boost testosterone is that you must use a full-spectrum mucuna seed powder, which is exactly what was used in the research studies. In addition to providing L-dopa, a full-spectrum mucuna powder also provides a variety of other micronutrients and phytochemicals that have interrelated effects on increasing testosterone and LH. I’m just about to release a full-spectrum mucuna product to the market under my SD Pharmaceuticals brand. It’s definitely worth using if you’re looking for an effective way to naturally increase test levels with zero side effects!

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