Velvet Bean, Mucuna pruriens
By Dick Culbert (Gibsons, B.C., Canada) (Mucuna pruriens, the Velvet Bean) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Ton Rulkens (Mozambique) (Mucuna pruriens – pods) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Medicinal Garden information:
Preliminary evidence shows that some preparations of Mucuna pruriens may be effective in the treatment of Parkinsons disease
Levodopa (L-dopa), found in high concentrations in velvet bean, is a precursor to dopamine and may effective for the treatment of parkinsons disease, whose symptoms are associated with a depletion of the neurotransmitter dopamine.Reference link
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