When a person touches something and it hurts, the immediate response of any normal person would be to pull their body away from whatever it is that’s making it hurt. Like accidentally touching a hot pot, for example.
That said, the scientists who did some research on Stinging Nettle must be some badass mofo’s for even daring to touch this spikey plant. Was their pain worth it though? Did their research give life to a potential natural testosterone booster or is Stinging Nettle just another dud? Let’s get to the review and find out.
WHY TEST BOOSTER SUPPLEMENTS USE STINGING NETTLE
Otherwise known as Urtica Dioica, Stinging Nettle is a perennial plant of the family Urticaceae. It got the “stinging” part of its name from the fine hairs (spikes) on its leaves and stem. These spikes are very painful when it comes into contact with our skin because it contains irritating chemicals.
What’s so cool and ironic about this though, is that when the spikes of Stinging Nettle come in contact with an area of our body that’s already painful, it somehow decreases the pain. According to scientists, this may be because Stinging Nettle reduces inflammatory chemicals and disrupts the transmission of pain signals.
Aside from numbing an already existing pain though, Stinging Nettle has other medical benefits as it has been used to treat various illnesses which include anywhere from diarrhea to asthma.
As a testosterone booster, the benefits of Stinging Nettle are still not fully explored by science and strong research is hard (if not impossible) to come by. For what it’s worth though, the in vitro studies of Stinging Nettle do show numerous ways of how it can potentially influence male health.
STUDIES ON STINGING NETTLE SUGGEST:
Treat benign prostatic hyperplasia by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase
In this rat research, the goal was to investigate the effects of Stinging Nettle on benign prostatic hyerplasia (BPH) which was caused by testosterone. This research was done by conducting in vitro studies to determine the ability of Stinging Nettle to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase – an enzyme which converts testosterone into DHT.
The rats were divided into a total of 11 groups which consisted of a vehicle (control) group and groups treated with several forms and concentrations of Stinging Nettle (Urtica Diotica). All groups except the vehicle group were administered with testosterone for 28 days to induce hyperplasia. As with any experimental research, appropriate parameters were measured.
According to the study, “petroleum ether and ethanolic extract of (Stinging Nettle) possess appreciable inhibitory potential against 5a-reductase“. This means that Stinging Nettle does have DHT inhibiting potential which then led the researchers to conclude that Stinging Nettle “can be used as an effective drug for the management of BPH“.
Furthermore, all the Stinging Nettle treated groups had higher levels of testosterone compared to the rats treated with testosterone alone.
While the results of this research does sound promising, it still is a rat research so there can be no assurance that it translates to humans. As such, here’s another research on the effects of Stinging Nettle on lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Here are some of the results:
- Improved LUTS in the Stinging Nettle group compared to placebo
- No change in testosterone in both groups
- No side effects for both groups
First of all, the research basically deems Stinging Nettle as a safe supplement. Second of all, the results of the research show that Stinging Nettle may “have beneficial effects in the treatment of symptomatic BPH” but it does so without necessarily boosting testosterone levels.
Has lignans with strong affinity to SHBG
According to this next research, Stinging Nettle or Urtica Dioica contains several lignans. These lignans were then tested in the research for their affinity to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in an in vitro assay.
As the research states, all of the lignans found in Stinging Nettle except (-)-pinoresinol had an affinity to bind with SHBG. In particular, the lignan (-)-3,4-divanillyltetrahydrofuran had an “outstandingly high” affinity.
With the compounds found in Stinging Nettle though, the lignans bind to SHBG in place of testosterone which ultimately leaves us with more “free” test. And you know what that means? More manliness, of course.
Inhibit aromatase enzyme
Aromatase is the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen (yes, that happens). Obviously, we as men don’t want that because estrogen is a female sex hormone. Thankfully, Stinging Nettle may help.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my hands on the full text of this next research but as stated in the abstract, the following compounds isolated from Stinging nettle displayed aromatase inhibiting properties:
- oleanolic acid
- ursolic acid
- (9Z,11E)-13-hydroxy-9,11-octadecadienoic acid
That said, Stinging Nettle still does have potential as an aromatase inhibitor. However, this potential remains to be untapped until further and better research arises. Moreover, the same research also describes the aromatase inhibition to be “weak to moderate”. So yes, there’s potential but the potential doesn’t really seem too big.
How Do I Take STINGING NETTLE?
When taking Stinging Nettle, pay close attention to which part of the plant is being used. The root of the plant is what you want because as several research has shown, it’s the part that has the most benefit for testosterone and prostate health. The leaves? Well, not so much.
Also, do check for the form at which Stinging Nettle is given. My personal recommendation is taking it at a concentrated 10:1 extract. This means that it takes 10 parts of Stinging Nettle to make a single mg therefore, delivering more of the active compounds that give Stinging Nettle it’s man-enhancing promise. Other high quality forms such as standardized ones are fine, too.
For dosage, plain forms obviously need a larger dose and I’ve seen several manufacturers use somewhere between 250-750 mg. When your Stinging Nettle is concentrated or standardized though, the required dosage is much lower. Given that you have a 10:1 extract, I think 150 mg is a good place to start.
Well, there’s certainly promise here. Basing on the researches I’ve referenced to, Stinging Nettle has multiple ways where it can affect male health. In summary, Stinging Nettle:
- has lignans that bind to SHBG in place of testosterone
- has compounds that inhibit the aromatase enzyme
- Inhibits 5-alpha-reductase
These three mechanisms all lead to boosted testosterone with the bonus of prostate health and a reduction of estrogen. Seems good when I put it that way, huh? However, do keep in mind that the all the research I’ve shown here are all done in vitro.
When a compound is tested outside the actual biological environment of the involved organism (which in this is us humans), all the experiment is really doing is testing for the possible actions of that said compound in a controlled environment. Although again, there’s potential, we still don’t know how well it works until solid human trials have been done.
TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS THAT USE STINGING NETTLE
- Testorod – Solid for young men looking to build muscle. Uses 1 g of Stinging Nettle root
- Tauro-test – A combination of “free” testosterone, GH, fat-burning, and performance enhancers that uses an active compound found in Stinging Nettle
- SPARTN – Has a potent 4:1 extract of Stinging Nettle in its prop blend
- Testogen XR – Marketed by a legendary olympian, Testogen XR has Nettle root inside its prop blend
- Test HP – Focused on boosting “free” testosterone for anabolic muscle growth, this one uses Stinging Nettle as its primary ingredient in its prop blend