Are you feeling run down, tired, and have difficulty getting through a workout? If you are a man over the age of 25 it may not be the result of more stress at work, not getting enough time at the gym, or other external factors. It may actually be the result of decreased testosterone production and retention your body.
Once a man reaches the age of 25, he begins to have lower levels of testosterone each year. By the time he is in his 40s, he is likely experiencing a significantly diminished libido, less strength, and more difficulty staying in shape. In other words, it will take more effort just to maintain the muscle he is gained and to keep in top physical condition.
That is where testosterone boosting supplements become essential. However, not every supplement is going to be as effective as others. Some will include ingredients that are much more potent at either boosting testosterone production in the body, promoting more free testosterone (which is the crucial aspect of building muscle, boosting sexual drive, and keeping in peak physical condition), or increasing luteinizing hormones. It is the luteinizing hormones that increase the production of testosterone in the body.
What is Paederia Foetida?
Paederia foetida is a type of flowering plant that produces a strong sulfurous odor and is commonly called a skunk vine. These plants most commonly grow in tropical climates throughout Asia, the Polynesian islands, Hawaii, and other similar locations.
There have been numerous uses for these types of flowering plants through centuries. Paederia foetida has certain antimicrobial properties and has also recently been linked with anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation, and testosterone boosting abilities.
The chemical makeup of Paederia foetida includes certain dietary fatty acids and even ursolic acid which is commonly found in apple peels. This has been associated with certain anabolic functions.
Does Paederia Foetida Work at Boosting Testosterone Levels in the Body?
The main question that most men will have with regard to Paederia foetida is whether it can actually help to promote an increase in testosterone levels throughout the body. There has only been limited research conducted on Paederia foetida with regard to testosterone levels, and both of them were conducted on laboratory rats.
We have included whatever sparse research has been found regarding Paederia foetida here to take a closer look on the potential impact it can have for the average male adult who is experiencing some of the common side effects of decreased testosterone levels in his body.
The first research study we found that looked directly at the impact of Paederia foetida on testosterone levels was conducted in 2012 by Devendra, Sharma, et al. at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. H.S. Gour University, India. The researchers in this study wanted to determine the effect of ethanol like extract of Paederia foetida leaves on sexual behavior and spermatogenesis in male rats.
These researchers weren’t directly looking at a link between Paederia foetida and boosting testosterone levels, but they did find certain evidence promoting the potential for this ingredient to be effective as a testosterone boosting supplement.
They conducted this test on laboratory rats, providing them ethanol like extract of Paederia foetida leaves in 50, 100, and 200 mg/kg body weight dosages. It is unclear how long the rats received this supplement.
The researchers found a nearly 100% increase in testosterone levels at the higher dosages. In other words, at 200 mg/kg body weight, there was a nearly doubling of the testosterone levels in the laboratory rats.
The extract was also directly linked with a significant increase in both mount in intromission frequency, which is referring to sexual potency. The researchers concluded that Paederia foetida could very well be a potential aphrodisiac in traditional medicine, but they did not make any direct conclusions regarding testosterone levels in the body.
(Read more about this study at ScienceDirect.)
In 2014, Kumar, Anwar, et al. at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, India wanted to determine whether the leaves extract of Paederia foetida could provide any antioxidant potential. These researchers did not look at or directly measure the effect on testosterone levels.
They did, however, determined whether this ingredient could be potentially toxic to the laboratory rats.
What they found was that there was no acute toxicity with any of these normal dosages. They only experienced acute toxicity once they began providing 2000 mg/kg body weight extract to laboratory rats on a daily basis.
Even though this research study doesn’t support the notion that Paederia foetida could be a positive testosterone boosting supplement, it did highlight that it is safe for consumption on a daily basis.
(Read more about this study at NCBI.)
While we would normally like to have more research studies conducted on any particular ingredient for testosterone boosting supplements, and especially on human subjects, these two (although sparse) research studies that were conducted on Paederia foetida highlight that it is effective as a testosterone boosting supplement and that is also safe.
That being said, it is important to continue looking for more research studies on this important ingredient that is commonly used in testosterone boosting supplements. When we find more research on Paederia foetida, we will post them here, especially those that are conducted on human subjects.