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Muira puama

Muira puama (Marapuama, Potency Wood) is a traditionally used aphrodisiac and nerve tonic in the Brazil region. Lacking in quality human trials and sexuality trials, it appears to be quite effective as a cognitive enhancer.

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How to Take

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Recommended dosage, active amounts, other details

The recommended oral dose of muira puama appears to be 1000-1500mg of a 4:1 concentrated extract (equivalent to 4,000-6,000mg of the basic extract). It is unsure if this is the optimal dose or whether it needs to be taken with a meal.

100-300mg/kg appears to be the active range for anti-stress and anxiolytic effects in rats, which converts to an estimated human equivalent of:

  • 1,100-3,300mg for a 150lb person

  • 1,500-4,400mg for a 200lb person

  • 1,800-5,500mg for a 250lb person

These are currently the recommended intakes as the higher end of the recommendation is similar to what is recommended to humans that appears to be effective.

Things to Note

Also Known As

Potency Wood

Do Not Confuse With

Mucuna Pruriens

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