As men age, they will experience a diminished production of testosterone in the body. Testosterone is the quintessential male hormone that is responsible for increased muscle strength, a deep voice, sexual drive, and many other factors.
Both men and women have testosterone in their body, but men have a much higher concentration of the hormone than women do. After the age of 24 or 25, the production of this male hormone begins to decline significantly over time. By the time the male is in his late 30s and 40s, he will likely have noticed a significant change in physical abilities, stamina, ability to recover from a workout, and a lower libido.
Choosing testosterone boosting supplements can be challenging, especially with so many on the market. Paying attention to the ingredients that each of these supplements contain is important. Understanding the specific ingredients is one of the keys to choosing the right supplement for each individual.
Eucommia ulmoides is one of many ingredients that are found in various testosterone boosting supplements.
What is Eucommia Ulmoides?
Eucommia ulmoides is actually a species of small tree that is native to China. Even though it is having difficulty sustaining itself in the wild as a direct result of cultivation and humans spreading out, it is widely cultivated privately and farmed throughout the country. Its bark is used for various herbs and in traditional Chinese medicine.
The small tree grows to approximately 45 feet tall, or 15 m. It is a deciduous plant and its leaf veins can solidify into a rubber component. It flowers from March to May but the flowers are inconspicuous.
Eucommia ulmoides is sometimes planted in various botanical gardens throughout Europe and North America. There are many different uses for this type of small tree, including the creation of certain elastic materials.
As for its ability to help boost testosterone production in the body, it has been used in various traditional medicinal practices for centuries to help address various health problems in men and women. Some of these problems are directly associated with sexual impotency and more.
How Effective is Eucommia Ulmoides?
There have not been a tremendous number of studies conducted through the years on Eucommia ulmoides and its ability to boost testosterone levels in the body. One study, listed below, focused more on its impact on blood pressure. The second study we looked at focused on the impact on phytoandrogens and lipidic augmenters.
In the first study conducted by Greenway, Liu, et al. at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System, in the United States, the researchers were looking to determine whether Eucommia ulmoides was safe and effective as a way to treat hypertension. Hypertension is commonly referred to as high blood pressure and it can be caused by a number of health issues, including environmental, dietary, and natural.
The study was conducted on 24 healthy adults that had elevated blood pressure readings. The blood pressure readings were between 120-160/80-100. The test subjects were given 500 mg of Eucommia ulmoides extract three times a day for a period of eight weeks.
What the researchers found was that Eucommia ulmoides didn’t have any direct impact on blood pressure readings between the control and test groups. The ingredient was determined to be safe because there were no registered side effects among the test group. It did reduce blood pressure by a few points for the some test subjects.
(Read more about this study at Alt Med Review.)
In the second study we looked at that tested Eucommia ulmoides, researchers Ong and Tan at the Department of Pharmacology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, conducted a test using Wistar rats to determine how Eucommia ulmoides impacts testosterone levels, phytoandrogens, and lipidic augmenters.
The test group of rats were provided extracts of Eucommia ulmoides in dosages of 1 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, and 50 mg. The results were relatively inconclusive as the researchers did not note any significant difference in hormone production or other activity within the young male rats.
It’s interesting to note that in this particular study, the researchers used Eucommia ulmoides as a supplement to 5000 µg of testosterone injections, though they also did not note any significant increase in testosterone levels. These tests did show some effect on testosterone with regard to prostate growth.
(Read more about this study at NCBI.)
Eucommia ulmoides does show certain promise with regard to testosterone production in males, but mostly through traditional Chinese medicine and other natural remedies. The two research studies that we found that had been directly connected to this particular ingredient did not test directly for testosterone production.
More studies will need to be conducted on Eucommia ulmoides to turn determine its true effectiveness with regard to testosterone boosting for healthy male adults. We will continue to focus on finding any research studies that have been conducted in recent years on Eucommia ulmoides and testosterone production. If we find them, we will update them here accordingly.