In the world of testosterone boosting supplements, Pedalium murex has gained a lot of attention, especially in recent years. As men age, they begin to have difficulty getting through a workout, maintaining muscle mass, and even may experience a diminished sexual drive.
These are all natural processes that occur as people get older, but thanks to testosterone boosters, the average male adult doesn’t have to sit around and let nature dictate their energy levels, strength, vitality, or even their libido.
Most testosterone boosting supplements contain various ingredients, all specifically designed to help either increase the production of testosterone, reduce its binding to other agents, or increase the amount of free testosterone. Free testosterone is the key to helping men get a better workout, become more energized, and have a stronger libido. When testosterone is bound to SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) or to the protein albumin, it isn’t going to provide the same kind of benefit as free testosterone will.
Is Pedalium Murex Effective?
Pedalium murex is an herb that bears fruit and is commonly confused with tribulus terrestris. Pedalium murex does not have the same kind of research background that tribulus terrestris has had, especially in recent years.
At the moment, there is not enough formal research to indicate whether Pedalium murex is safe and effective at different dosages. However, the research that has been conducted and reviewed seems to indicate that 200 mg/kg seems to be the optimal dosage, but that was in laboratory rats. For human consumption, this averages out to be approximately 2,200 mg for a healthy male adult weighing approximately 150 pounds. For a 250 pound individual, the dosage may need to be 3,600 mg.
Throughout traditional medicine, there have been many uses for Pedalium murex. One of those was as an aphrodisiac. An aphrodisiac is any ingredient that helps to boost sexual interest and libido.
In certain research studies, Pedalium murex has been shown to potentially help increase in sperm motility and boosting urinary health for test subjects. Currently, it has only been studied on rats with regard to any impact it has on testosterone boosting or production.
In the first study we found, conducted in 2012 by Sharma, Thakur, and Dixit at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. H.S. Gour University in India, the researchers used Wistar rats to determine the comparative effects of Pedalium murex. They were specifically looking to measure serum testosterone levels during and after treatment.
Serum testosterone levels refer to testosterone levels that are found in the blood, rather than in other parts of the body. It is a limiting measure, but it can be effective in certain circumstances.
The test subjects rats were provided an ethanol extract of 50, 100, 150 mg/kg body weight/day. The rats were given this supplement for 28 days.
The researchers discovered a significant increase in testosterone levels in the blood. The increase was measured for 14 days after the treatments were finished. This means that elevated testosterone levels were measured for approximately two weeks after the supplements had stopped being provided to the rats.
(Read more about this study at NCBI.)
The second study that we discovered with regard to Pedalium murex and testosterone production was conducted in 2010 by Balamurugan, Muralidharan, and Polapala at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology C.L.Baid Metha College of Pharmacy Old Mahabalipuram Salai in India. These researchers were trying to determine any aphrodisiac activity among male rats who were provided Pedalium murex as a supplement.
They chose male albino rats that had testicular damage caused by direct ethanol induction. Each of the test subject rats were provided a petroleum ether extract of Pedalium murex.
These researchers found that testosterone levels were increased relative to untreated, control subject rats. After treatment, the testicular damaged test subject rats found normal testosterone levels once again.
The researchers also noted a significant increase in sperm motility among the test subject rats. Overall, it was found that there was a slight increase in testosterone levels for certain groups when administered Pedalium murex as an extract.
(Read more about this study at Tubitak.gov.)
While the research is promising with regard to Pedalium murex and its ability to help boost testosterone levels in the body, due to the limitations on the test subjects being rats, especially testicular damaged rats in the second study, more needs to be done to determine not only the overall effectiveness for human male subjects, but also its safety.
We will continue to pay attention to any new research studies that are being conducted or have been published on Pedalium murex related to testosterone production for human male subjects.
Based on the research found in the results the researchers concluded, it appears that Pedalium murex can certainly be effective at boosting overall testosterone levels for male adults.