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Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2017, 5(12), 925-927
DOI: 10.12691/jfnr-5-12-7
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Androgenic and Anabolic Possibilities of Mucuna Pruriens

Renata Leite Tavares1, 2, Maria da Conceição Rodrigues Gonçalves1, 2, Jailane de Souza Aquino1, 2, Raquel Suelen Brito da Silva3, 4 and Alexandre Sérgio Silva3, 4,

1Department of Nutrition, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil

2Nutritional Sciences, João Pessoa, Brazil

3Department of Physical Education, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil

4Physical Education, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil

Pub. Date: December 05, 2017

Cite this paper:
Renata Leite Tavares, Maria da Conceição Rodrigues Gonçalves, Jailane de Souza Aquino, Raquel Suelen Brito da Silva and Alexandre Sérgio Silva. Androgenic and Anabolic Possibilities of Mucuna Pruriens. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2017; 5(12):925-927. doi: 10.12691/jfnr-5-12-7


Mucuna pruriens is an Indian legume composed by high amounts of proteins and carbohydrates and small concentration of lipids. It has been used ethnopharmacologically as hipoglicemic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, hypolipidemic and mainly to Parkinson Disease treatment. Since Mucuna pruriens improves spermatogenesis, testis weight and increased the production of testosterone in rats, it has been assumed that mucuna has anabolic potential for muscle hypertrophy, so it has been commercially exploited as an ergogenic aid. This mini-review shows, in addition to promoting increased testosterone, increase in epididymal protein, thus confirming that its extracts may have influence on androgenic aspect. Despite this, it is necessary to confirm these findings in humans, since the studies analyzed were made only in animal model.

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