Personally, I really don’t like eating mushrooms. There’s something about the texture that just doesn’t suit my taste. Regardless of how I feel about it though, a lot of people include mushrooms in their diet and it’s really one of the most common foods out there.
But did you know that a certain type of mushroom might be able to help boost your testosterone? The mushroom I’m talking about is Agaricus Bisporus. It can also be found in testosterone boosters which is why in today’s review, we’re going to be checking out some of the research that surrounds it and see whether or not it’s actually effective.
WHY TEST BOOSTER SUPPLEMENTS USE AGARICUS BISPORUS
Although several other species of mushroom have been linked to treatments of different health conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol, Agaricus Bisporus, to my knowledge, hasn’t correlated to any specific health benefit. Because of this, I find it very intriguing why some testosterone boosting supplements include Agaricus Bisporus in their stack.
As part of an everyday meal, Agaricus Bisporus may come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. There’s a white variation and a brown one. Additionally, it can also be harvested young where it is called button mushrooms or when it is matured where it is then called Portobello.
It’s actually quite uncommon for Agaricus Bisporus to be sold as a supplement but again, that isn’t stopping natural testosterone boosters to include it in their formula. This mushroom has a few compounds that have been suggested to inhibit aromatase – an enzyme that converts our favorite manly hormone (testosterone) into estrogen.
In testosterone boosters, the manufacturers use Agaricus Bisporus for this very reason. By inhibiting aromatase activity, Agaricus Bisporus may theoretically lower levels of estrogen while simultaneously increasing testosterone. That’s cool and all but I say “theoretically” because the research that back this claim is honestly, pretty weak. Let’s check them out anyway.
STUDIES ON AGARICUS BISPORUS SUGGEST:
Suppress aromatase in isolated cells
According to this research, “natural compounds such as flavones and isoflavones have been shown to be inhibitors of aromatase”. Because of this, vegetables that contain these said phytochemicals, including Agaricus Bisporus were “screened for their ability to inhibit aromatase activity in a human placental microsome assay”.
That sounds so scientific so let me make it simple for you. The research basically intends to test vegetables for their influence on the metabolism of the aromatase enzyme.
The researchers then prepared heat-stable extracts from vegetables and screened them for their ability to inhibit aromatase activity. As stated in the research, “white button mushroom (species Agaricus bisporus) suppressed aromatase activity dose dependently”.
Contain aromatase inhibiting compounds
Similar to the previous research, this one also mentions White Button Mushrooms (Agaricus Bisporus) as potential aromatase inhibitors and estrogen biosynthesis regulators. This led the researchers to conduct a research aimed to evaluate the activity of mushroom extracts in their ability to suppress aromatase in vitro and in vivo.
In vitro studies are also known to be “test tube experiments”. These studies are performed in a controlled environment outside of a living organism. By isolating the test subjects outside their usual biological surroundings, it allows for more convenient analysis. However, by doing so, it also has the weakness of likely failing to precisely replicate biological environments.
In vivo studies on the other hand, means “within the living” in Latin. As opposed to test tube experiments, in vivo studies refers to experimentation using a whole, living organism. While this type of experimentation offers a better insight towards the nature of a substance, it can still be misleading in that it may offer accurate short term analysis but lacks the ability to see long term effects. For more information, click here.
Going back to the study, the in vitro studies used Chinese hamster ovary cells while their in vivo analysis had mice injected mice with MCF-7aro which are aromatase-positive cells. According to these studies, the major compounds in Agaricus Bisporus are unsaturated fatty acids like linoleic acid, linolenic acid, and conjugated linoleic acid.
Furthermore, the research also states that “the physiologically relevant aromatase inhibitors in mushrooms are most likely conjugated linoleic acid and its derivatives“.
How Do I Take AGARICUS BISPORUS?
The fact that there still isn’t any human research to back the potential estrogen regulation of Agaricus Bisporus, I can’t really tell you for sure how much you should be taking.
If anything though, research seems to suggest about 100 mg of Agaricus Bisporus for aromatase inhibition in microsomal assay.
There hasn’t been much research surrounding the health benefits of Agaricus Bisporus. Specifically for testosterone and estrogen, there really isn’t much either. Furthermore, the research that supposedly backs its aromatase inhibiting benefits are done in test tubes or in animals.
For what it’s worth though, Agaricus Bisporus does seem to have potential as a natural aromatase inhibitor but I can’t really say for sure if it works, and even if it does, I also can’t be sure of how good it can be. Regardless, I think the few research that it has under its belt explains why some testosterone boosters use it as a supplement in their stack.
But if I had to be really honest, I personally wouldn’t choose Agaricus Bisporus over more promising aromatase inhibitors such as Luteolin. If you really wanted to try it out though, you could always just up your mushroom intake.
TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS THAT USE AGARICUS BISPORUS
- P6 Extreme – A heavily dosed testosterone booster using Agaricus Bisporus extracts
- Animal Test – A bodybuilding oriented testosterone booster with Agaricus Bisporus polysaccharides
- The Gear – Uses 150 mg of potent Agaricus Bisporus standardized to contain 20% polysaccharides
- Tauro-Test – Has White Button Mushroom as a part of its 3 ingredient Estocut Control Matrix
- Methyl Andro – Also has Agaricus Bisporus but it’s likely dosed too low