Product No. P1325

Muira puama is from the Olacaceae family, and the genus is Ptychopetalum (species olacoides). It is a small bush that grows up to 5 metres in height and produces flowers with a pungent, jasmine-like fragrance. The bark and roots of the plant are used medicinally.

The active constituents of muira puama are free long-chain fatty acids, sterols, coumarin, alkaloids and essential oils. Chemically, it contains 0.05% muirapuamine, 0.4% fat, 0.5% alkaloids, 0.6% pholbaphene, 0.6% alpha-resinic acid, 0.7% beta resinic acid, 0.5% of a mixture of esters (including behenic acid, lupeol and beta-sitosterol), as well as tannin, volatile oils and fatty acids.

Muira puama has been used as a herb in Europe for a considerable length of time, and is listed in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia, a source on herbal medicine from the British Herbal Medicine Association. It is considered a safe herb.

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