Also known as “velvet bean”, Mucuna pruriens is a tropical plant that is known for its ability to reduce the level of prolactin (a female hormone) in the bloodstream. As the male body contains both male and female hormones, Mucuna pruriens lowers prolactin levels in men, which helps to prevent testosterone depletion. Another important benefit of Mucuna pruriens is its ability to lower the level of cortisol (. the “stress hormone”) in the bloodstream. Clinical research shows that cortisol essentially dismantles testosterone molecules before they are even able to leave the testes.
When measuring testosterone levels, it is critical to determine the levels of both free and total testosterone to understand the cause of any observed symptoms of deficiency (Khosla et al 2008).
Because of difficulties with equipment standardization and inter-laboratory variability, it is recommended that physicians consistently use the same local laboratories and gain familiarity with the accuracy, precision and definition of normal values for the assays offered in their communities (Morales et al 2010).
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