When we touch anything that feels uncomfortable, it’s everyone’s reflex to pull away. That’s the human thing to do – like accidentally touching touch a hot pot, for example. On the contrary, Stinging Nettle might be one of the few painful things that you’re going to want to get your hands on (metaphorically speaking, of course).
This plant has a blanket of spikes but, dude, trust me its potential benefits are worth it! That being said, today’s article is basically my review on the research behind Nettle’s use, not just as a testosterone booster, but also as a men’s health supplement. Before that though, let me share a few of what I think are the best supplements that use this herb in their formulas. Let’s get to it!
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 contain irritating chemicals that are very painful when it comes into contact with our skin.
What’s so cool and ironic about this though, is that these same nasty spikes can make an already painful area feel better – a bit like pain-relievers, if you will. 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 tenderness though, Stinging Nettle has other benefits as it has been used as alternative medicine for treating various illnesses ranging anywhere from diarrhea to asthma.
Specifically for testosterone, however, science has yet to fully explore its full range of benefits. Moreover, strong research is on the herb is hard to find. 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) team 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 for induced 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, leading 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; ultimately leaving us with a boost in “free” test.
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 has the potential to be an aromatase inhibitor. However, to me, this potential remains untapped until further and better research arrive. Moreover, the same research also describes the aromatase inhibition to be “weak to moderate”. So, yes, there’s potential but its effect on estrogen and/or aromatase probably isn’t the best.
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 natural 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.
Recap: Best Testosterone Supplements with Stinging Nettle
|T-Booster Supplement||My Review||Website|
|#1 – Prime Male||My Review||www.primemale.com|
|#2 – Test Freak||My Review||www.pharmafreak.com|
|#3 – Nugenix Ultimate||My Review||www.nugenix.com|
|#4 – Super Test||My Review||www.beastsports.com|
|$5 – Isa-Test GF||My Review||www.isatori.com|
Well, there’s certainly promise here. Basing on the researches I’ve referenced to, Stinging Nettle has multiple ways where it can improve male health and/or increase testosterone. In summary, Stinging Nettle:
- has lignans that bind to SHBG in place of T
- 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 biological environment of the involved organism (which in this case is us humans), all the experiment is 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.