Kaunch Beej (Mucuna pruriens)

Kaunch Beej - Mucuna Pruriens

Kaunch Beej (Mucuna pruriens)

Kaunch Beej (Mucuna pruriens) is commonly known as ‘the magic velvet bean’ or Cowhage. It’s a Beej or seed of a protein-rich plant that’s used in cooking as well as in Ayurvedic medicine. The benefits of this superfood include improved sexual performance and libido as well as strengthened immunity and combat arthritis symptoms.

In this post, we will focus on what makes Kaunch Beej special, its benefits, side effects, and its well-established link with Ayurveda.

What Is Kaunch Beej?

Kaunch Beej is a seed of leguminous plant that’s popular for its aphrodisiac properties and sperm quality-boosting ability. Medicine is made from the bean and seed. The bean contains Levodopa (L-dopa), a component that’s used to treat Parkinson’s disease. This component also helps provide many of its other benefits.

Kaunch Beej is also known by several names: Nasugunne, Tatgajuli, Konch, Kaunch, Kavach, Khajkuhilee, Cowhage, Doolagondi, Banar Kakua, Naikuruna, Kapikacchu, Kanwach, Kewanch, Kawach, Baikhujnee, Kaucha, Poonaikkali, and Duradagondi.

12 Kaunch Beej Benefits:

  1. Combats gut problems: Kaunch Beej is a superfood with key nutrients like Vitamin E and C that can help optimize your body’s digestive processes. This combats gut problems like bloating, indigestion, acidity, flatulence, and heartburn.
  2. Rich in essential amino acids: The amino acids in Cowhage include methionine which is known to improve skin and hair health. It can also help repair injured muscle tissue.
  3. Enhances bone density: Since Kaunch Beej is a natural source of calcium, you can expect to strengthen or restore optimum bone density.
  4. Manages blood sugar levels: Kaunch Beej contains phytates, polyphenols, and tannins that slow your digestive process, lowering blood sugar levels.
  5. Treats anaemia: Kaunch Beej is rich in iron which helps combat anaemia while boosting energy levels.
  6. Improves mood and sleep: Kaunch Beej contains amino acid typtophan which supports serotonin levels, helping to combat anxiety and insomnia.
  7. Improves heart health: Cowhage contains dietary fibres and niacin that improve good HDL cholesterol levels and lower bad LDL cholesterol levels, supporting a healthy heart.
  8. Pregnancy and lactation support: Kaunch Beej is rich in iron and calcium which helps balance hormone levels and promote milk production.
  9. Treats IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome): The high-quality dietary fibres in Kaunch Beej allows for a stronger metabolism while treating IBS symptoms.
  10. Boosts sexual health: Cowhage balances hormone levels and acts as a natural aphrodisiac to improve sexual performance, sex drive, and stamina in men.
  11. Lowers blood pressure: Kaunch Beej makes use of its dietary fibres to flush out toxins from poorly processed foods while improving blood and nutrient flow to and from the heart.
  12. Combats liver dysfunction: Kaunch Beej is filled with antioxidants that protect the liver and gallbladder from free radical damage.

Kaunch Beej Side Effects:

Kaunch Beej is deemed safe for most healthy people, including those who are obese or diabetic.

But those with kidney problems (like kidney stones) should avoid Kaunch Beej or Kaunch Beej-based supplements. This is because Kaunch Beej is calcium-rich which can increase oxalic acid levels in the body, leading to more urinary calculi (kidney stone) formations.

Final Word:

Kaunch Beej is a superfood for everyone to enjoy. It is especially helpful for men looking to experience its effects as an aphrodisiac. That said, herbal supplements that make use of Kaunch Beej extract would be recommended for men looking for sexual performance gains.

When it comes to male performance, Herbo 24 Turbo Plus is Dr. Vaidya’s best-selling male wellness product. It comes with a blend of several Ayurvedic ingredients, including Kaunch Beej.

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