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J Tradit Complement Med. 2012 Oct;2(4):331-9.

The Magic Velvet Bean of Mucuna pruriens.

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1
Department of Chemistry, University of Siena, Italy.
2
Department of Internal Medicine, Endocrine-Metabolic Sciences and Biochemistry, University of Siena, Italy.
3
Department of Life Science and Biotechnologies, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy.
4
Department of Life Science and Biotechnologies, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy ; Department of Food and Nutrition, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea.

Abstract

Mucuna pruriens (Fabaceae) is an established herbal drug used for the management of male infertility, nervous disorders, and also as an aphrodisiac. It has been shown that its seeds are potentially of substantial medicinal importance. The ancient Indian medical system, Ayurveda, traditionally used M. pruriens, even to treat such things as Parkinson's disease. M. pruriens has been shown to have anti-parkinson and neuroprotective effects, which may be related to its anti-oxidant activity. In addition, anti-oxidant activity of M. pruriens has been also demonstrated in vitro by its ability to scavenge DPPH radicals and reactive oxygen species. In this review the medicinal properties of M. pruriens are summarized, taking in consideration the studies that have used the seeds extracts and the leaves extracts.

KEYWORDS:

Antioxidant; Diabetes; Mucuna pruriens; Parkinson's disease; Phytochemicals; Skin

PMID:
24716148
PMCID:
PMC3942911

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