Toronto, ON (PRWEB) September 30, 2012
Bel Marra Health, well known for offering high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, supports recent research that shows the velvet bean, or Mucuna pruriens, may also serve as a potential herbal treatment for nicotine cravings.
According to a recent medical report published in the journal Natural Products Research, velvet bean, or Mucuna pruriens, may also serve as a potential herbal treatment for nicotine cravings. Velvet bean has been historically considered as a tropical legume known for its capacity to induce itching and inducing other hypersensitivity reactions in the body. Its leaves and seeds have been used for centuries as a remedy for various conditions related to damage to the body, including snake bites and movement disorders.
The medical report described the results of a study that examined the production of L-dopamine in velvet bean cultures performed in the laboratory. Young roots of the velvet bean were inoculated and propagated for several weeks. During cultivation, small tissues samples were collected from these growing plants and assayed for L-dopamine content. The results of the study showed that velvet bean was capable of producing high amounts of L-dopamine, which is considered as a common anti-depressant that is given to patients suffering from depression.
CEO of Bel Marra Health Jim Chiang says, “The findings of the research study showed that the use of velvet bean shows a potential for inclusion in treatment regimens for individuals who want to quit smoking to prevent further health damage. One of the biggest challenges in smoking cessation is the depression that ensues once smoking has stopped.” Smokers thus face intense cravings for nicotine and sadly, often succumb to these strong sensations and eventually return to the habit of smoking. It is thus important that an effective approach for smoking cessation be identified in order to keep a person from going back to smoking. This may also prevent further damage to the body and help improve lung function.
The production of L-dopamine in velvet bean may thus alleviate symptoms of depression among smokers and thus may lessen the pressure to go back to the smoking habit. More importantly, keeping away from smoking may prevent damage to the lungs, as well as other blood vessels of the cardiovascular system. Lung function generally improves after a few weeks to months after smoking cessation and thus an ex-smoker may notice this difference once he or she engages in regular physical exercises such as jogging, walking, or swimming.
Spokesperson for Bel Marra Health Dr. Victor Marchione says, “The seeds of the velvet bean plant have been used in various countries as coffee, in which the seeds are dried and eventually ground and brewed. The seeds are actually capable of imparting a relaxing effect on the coffee drinker, thus decreasing the need to find another method of achieving a calm condition.”
The recent medical report on the L-dopamine content in velvet bean presents its potential use in treating cigarette cravings and assist a person in preventing further damage to one’s health. It may also be possible that in the future, this legume might be used in the treatment of mental health conditions such as depression.
(SOURCE: “Taylor & Francis Online”, Enhanced production of L-DOPA in cell cultures of Mucuna pruriens L. and Mucuna prurita H., Oct 2011)
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