There are so many different types of testosterone boosters on the market, it can be difficult to discern which ones would be most effective. It all starts with the ingredients contained within those specific supplements.
One of these ingredients is called Tulbaghia violacea, but is it really effective at helping the human body to increase production of testosterone?
There are numerous physical as well as emotional problems that can develop as a result of lower testosterone levels. After the age of 24 or 25, the male body begins to produce less testosterone every year. That can lead to diminished strength, loss of muscle mass, more difficulty getting through a workout, lower stamina levels, a diminished sex drive, and even increased fatigue and lower energy levels.
The goal should always be to focus on producing an increase in “free” testosterone, and not just total testosterone. If the testosterone that is produced is bound to the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) or to the protein albumin, it is not going to be helping increase energy levels, stamina, or even strength.
That’s why it’s important to look at every single ingredient within these testosterone boosting supplements on the market to determine which ones may actually be effective at elevating the levels of free testosterone in the body.
What is Tulbaghia Violacea?
Also commonly referred to as “society garlic” or “pink agapanthus,” Tulbaghia violacea is a particular kind of flowering plant that is found within the onion family Alliaceae, and is indigenous to the southern part of Africa. It is believed to have been imported and naturalized in Tanzania as well as Mexico.
It can grow to approximately 2 feet tall and is a perennial flowering plant with narrow leaves and large clusters of violet flowers that produce a strong fragrance between the mid-summer months and autumn.
It can be also used as an ornamental plant, but would need to be protected from winter frost in northern climates. It has been used for medicinal purposes to treat a variety of ailments, most recently as a way to help boost testosterone levels and energy levels for athletes as well is an anti-cancer agent for in vitro species.
Is Tulbaghia Violacea Effective at Boosting Testosterone Levels?
The main question about any supplemental ingredient is whether or not it will actually help the body produce an increased level of testosterone. As more supplements are released on the market with new ingredients, there will continue to be more research studies conducted on their effectiveness in this regard, but to date we have only been able to find one research study conducted on Tulbaghia violacea and its effects on testosterone levels.
Unfortunately, this study was only conducted on testicular cell cultures of certain laboratory mice. The most effective studies are those conducted on adult human male subjects, especially those over the age of 25 who would naturally be experiencing diminished testosterone levels.
Let’s take a look at this one study, though, to determine whether Tulbaghia violacea is worth exploring further.
In this study conducted in 2010 by Ebrahim and Pool at the Department of Medical Biosciences, University of the Western Cape in South Africa, these researchers wanted to see the effect of Tulbaghia violacea extracts on testosterone secretion by testicular cell cultures. They conducted this study on laboratory mice, providing a Tulbaghia violacea ethanol extract, with and without luteinizing hormone treatment, for a period of 4 hours.
The researchers concluded that LH induced testosterone production significantly increased as compared to placebo controlled groups. The increase was measured at approximately 72%.
Among those laboratory mice that did not receive any luteinizing hormone treatment, there was no measurable increase in testosterone concentrations.
This research could indicate that Tulbaghia violacea may actually improve the functionality of luteinizing hormone receptors and that could speed up the conversion of cholesterol to testosterone. It can also help free certain levels of testosterone in the body, which can be important at boosting energy levels, stamina, strength, and libido.
(Read more about this study at ScienceDirect.)
Even though there was only one research study conducted on Tulbaghia violacea to this point in time, the researchers found extremely positive increases in testosterone levels.
It is important to continue scouring for other research studies with regard to Tulbaghia violacea and they will be posted here, especially those that are eventually conducted on human male subjects.