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Health Benefits of Kapikachhu, Mucuna Pruriens or Velvet Beans (Image - Red Beans)

Kapikachhu Powder Benefits (Health Benefits of Kapikachhu, Mucuna Pruriens or Velvet Beans)

on January 07, 2022
Kapikachhu, also known as Mucuna Pruriens or the velvet bean is an Ayurvedic herb with rare medicinal values. It gained the limelight internationally when it was identified as a natural source of L-Dopa, which serves as a precursor to 3 neurotransmitters: dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. Because of this property, it is being vouched as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

Kapikachhu powder ( a.k.a mucuna pruriens powder or velvet bean powder) is mentioned as a strong aphrodisiac in ancient Ayurveda texts and is widely trusted by Ayurvedic experts for improving male reproductive health by increasing testosterone levels, improving sperm count, motility, quality of semen, libido, etc. Besides this, Kapikachhu powder has anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antibacterial properties which makes it a very beneficial herb for the treatment of various diseases. Here is how you can benefit form the use of Kapikachhu.

Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens / Kapikachhu or Velvet Beans powder

Kapikachhu powder for the treatment of Parkinson's disease:

velvet beans is used to treat Parkinson's disease (Image - An old man showing thumbs up)

It relieves the symptoms of tremors, muscle rigidity, and slowed movements. One study found that supplementation with Kapikachhu powder was beneficial in treating Parkinson's patients because it inhibited oxidative damage (free radicals damage cells and tissues) and increased dopamine levels.

Mucuna pruriens or Kapikachhu powder benefits for male

Mucuna pruriens or Kapikachhu powder has many benefits for the male. Mucuna pruriens is used for increasing sperm count, testosterone levels, and fertility. It is found to be high in L-Dopa, which is the precursor of dopamine. Dopamine serves as a neurotransmitter involved in mood, pleasure, movement, cognition, motivation, and libido. Therefore, Kapikachhu powder may be helpful for both male and female infertility. A study done on the effects of L-Dopa supplementation on infertile men found that supplementing with Kapikachhu powder significantly increased sperm count, sperm motility, quality of semen and testosterone levels after 12 weeks. These findings indicate that Kapikachhu powder may be effective in the treatment of infertility and increasing libido.

Kapikachhu powder for treating stress and anxiety

Administration of Kapikachhu powder(velvet bean seeds powder) resulted in decreased anxiety and increased levels of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that plays a role in anxiety. Kapikachhu powder reduces stress by increasing dopamine levels in the brain.

Kapikachhu powder for improving cognitive functions of the brain

Kapikachhu powder has been shown to improve mental focus, concentration, attention span, and clarity.

Kapikachhu powder for anti-aging

Kapikachhu is used for antiaging ( Image - A women having Wrinkle on her face)

Kapikachhu powder is an antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage which causes signs of aging such as wrinkles and hair loss.

Kapikachhu powder for kidney stones and urinary tract infections (UTIs)

A study was conducted to test the efficacy of Kapikachhu powder for treating urolithiasis or kidney stones. Results showed that supplementation with Kapikachhu powder significantly decreased kidney tissue damage associated with kidney stones, increased antioxidant enzymes in the body, decreased blood urea nitrogen levels, increased urinary excretion of urolithin A and B metabolites. Therefore, Kapikachhu powder may be effective in the treatment of these conditions.

Kapikachhu powder for treating schizophrenia

People who suffer from schizophrenia experience hallucinations and delusions - false beliefs or impressions not supported by reality. When tested on rats, Kapikachhu powder was found to have beneficial effects in treating schizophrenia due to its ability to inhibit certain dopamine receptors in the brain that are associated with this disease.

Kapikachhu powder for treating depression

People who suffer from depression experience loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, feelings of sadness and emptiness, changes in appetite, sleeping/wake cycles, loss of energy, and difficulties thinking or concentrating. Kapikachhu powder was found to be effective against depression due to its ability to increase levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that regulates mood).

Kapikachhu powder for treating cancer

Supplementation with Kapikachhu powder increases levels of Glutathione (GSH), which is the body's master antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells against the damaging effects of free radicals that are responsible for aging, cancer, heart disease, and other conditions. When tested on mice with prostate cancer, Kapikachhu powder was found to have anti-cancer effects because it inhibited the growth of prostate cancer tumors by up to 32%. Kapikachhu powder was also found to inhibit leukemia cell proliferation in mice with leukemia.

Kapikachhu powder for treating diabetes and obesity

Kapikachhu powder inhibits enzymes involved in carbohydrate metabolism, which resulted in decreased plasma glucose levels, increased insulin levels, and decreased plasma lipid levels, all of which result in improved sugar control. Kapikachhu powder also inhibited adipocyte differentiation (adipocytes are the cells that form fat tissue), which prevented the development of obesity.

Kapikachhu powder for treating osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by low bone density and deterioration of bone tissue. Supplementation with Kapikachhu powder increased levels of estrogen (a hormone associated with stronger bones), inhibited the growth of osteoclasts (cells that break down bone tissue), activated estrogen receptors, and inhibited enzymes involved in glucocorticoid metabolism, which has been shown to protect against bone loss.

Kapikachhu powder for treating arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease characterized by pain and tenderness in the joints. Kapikachhu powder protects against arthritis due to its stimulatory effect on the immune system. Kapikachhu powder also inhibits inflammation and pain, decreases oxidative damage, and helps with autoimmune arthritis.

Kapikachhu powder as a sports supplement

Velvet Bean Seeds powder can be used as a sports supplement ( Image - A man playing basket ball)

 

The synthetic version of L-Dopa is known as Levodopa. A bodybuilder would never use Levodopa because it will shut down his/her natural ability to produce dopamine and other essential neurotransmitters. Therefore, a bodybuilder or athlete would use Kapikachhu powder to achieve greater levels of the neurotransmitters that Levodopa provides but it should not be taken before any tournaments as it may put them at risk for positive drug tests.

Kapikachhu use is an integral part of traditional medicine in India for centuries. More than 7 million people in the country rely on treatment with Kapikachhu for various diseases. Kapikachhu powder is known for numerous health benefits, more so for men as a source of growth hormone, testosterone, and fertility promoting agents – with promising results. Velvet beans have also been used traditionally as an aphrodisiac. It has been scientifically researched as a highly promising source of L-Dopa, which has been used to treat Parkinson's and other related diseases of the brain. It has many pharmacological actions like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, diuretic, anticancer, anti-hyperglycemic, etc. Kapikachhu powder is also used as analgesic and anthelmintic.

FAQs

How should Kapikachhu powder be used?

You can take one teaspoon of Kapikachhu powder with warm water or it can also be taken with warm milk as that is also considered a good carrier for Kapikachhu.

Is Kapikachhu powder useful for male infertility problems?

Yes, taking Kapikachhu powder supplement has been shown scientifically to significantly increase sperm count, sperm motility, quality of semen, libido, and testosterone levels after 12 weeks. Thus, it has been used since ancient times for the treatment of male infertility.

What is the dose of Kapikachhu powder?

The usual dose of Kapikachhu powder is 6-8 g daily for most of the indications; however, you should consult your Ayurvedic doctor for the appropriate dosage for you.

Can we take Kapikachhu powder along with other medications?

Kapikachhu powder is a natural plant-based product and does not react with other medications but it would be better to discuss it with your Ayurvedic physician.

Who should not consume Kapikachhu powder?

Pregnant and breastfeeding ladies should not consume Kapikachhu powder as there are not enough studies available to document its safety profile in this group.

1 comment
by jane on May 16, 2022

thanks very much for compiling and sharing the above health information. we do appreciate.

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