A reader writes: Would you recommend “Mucuna pruriens,” known by many names such as “Velvet Bean,” for neurological treatment, such as Parkinson’s or depression? It seems this plant has similar medicinal effects as vitamin B.
Macuna pruriens is the name of a plant. L-Dopa is extracted from that plant. L-Dopa is a precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Any neurologic condition that manifests because of a dopamine deficiency may improve when more dopamine can be manufactured by the body because the precursors are present in higher amounts. Other supplements that are very important for support of nerve function include all the B vitamins. Essential fatty acids help to make up the myelin sheath, so strong levels of the omega-3 and omega-6 oils are also important. Many neurologic conditions are caused by toxic metals, especially mercury from teeth fillings. Removing the cause (getting rid of the amalgam fillings) and chelation can be the most important aspect of treatment of neurologic disease.