I've grown and eaten Velvet Beans for maybe eight years now....taken in three week cycles on and off their L-dopa content triggers the pituitary gland to make more Human Growth Hormone. Body builders use it to add lean muscle mass....I learned of it back then from two guys at my gym who suddenly were packing on muscles. It can delay graying of hair in men and act as a potent aphrodisiac. The pods form ONLY in the fall. This price for 5 POUNDS of the powder is incredible, especially compared to the gel caps!