Velvet Bean

Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens) is a member of the Fabaceae family. Velvet bean is indigenous to tropical regions, especially Africa, India, and the West Indies. The velvet bean seed is used medicinally. The climbing vine has white to purple flowers and seed pods covered by reddish-orange hairs. Velvet bean is commonly roasted and ground up as a coffee substitute, typically under the name Nescafe in Central America and Brazil. Velvet bean is also a popular remedy. It serves as a diuretic, nerve tonic, and aphrodisiac. Velvet bean has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used for ulcers, diarrhea, cough, sexual debility, menstrual disorders, uterine stimulant, and blood purifier. The seeds of velvet bean are high in protein, carbohydrates, lipids, fiber, and minerals. They are also rich in novel alkaloids, saponins, and sterols.

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