The extracts derived from the leaves and root of stinging nettle plant are popular in body building these days because they seem to have testosterone benefits. So, does stinging nettle really boost testosterone? Although the evidence is mixed, initial research confirms that it can lower sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG), a protein that binds to and transports testosterone and estrogen, and possibly increase prostate health.
Now let’s first take a look at some of the facts about testosterone. The production and release of this hormone plays an important role in the puberty in both men and women. On the one hand, boys have low testosterone level before the puberty onset happens and the level increases during puberty to cause body changes. On the other hand, girls have measurable testosterone too but amounts are much less than boys. While this androgen is responsible for the development and maintenance of male physical traits and sex drive, it helps women keep sex drive, mood, energy levels, and bodily functions working smoothly.
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) has long been used in traditional herbal medicine for a variety of ailments. As a health tonic, it softens hair, treats allergy symptoms, purifies the blood, improves metabolic efficiency, stops bleeding, improves cardiovascular health, and more. When it comes to being a natural testosterone booster, it is less well known. However, it does not necessarily mean that this herb is less effective on raising t levels.
Numerous studies have been done to analyze the chemical constituents of nettle and so far more than 50 of them have been found. The typical ones include starch, gum, albumen, sugar, resins, histamine, acetylcholine, choline, serotonin, oleanol acid, sterols, steryl glycosides, scopoletin, secoisolariciresinol, neo-olivil, homovanillyl alcohol and more. These active constituents make nettle own amazing medicinal value on treating arthritis, nighttime urination, nosebleeds, hair loss, and so on. So, how does stinging nettles benefit for boosting testosterone? According to the research, this herb can help it from at least two ways.
On the one hand, the six isolectins found in the seeds, rhizomes, and roots of this plant have to be first mentioned here. By the way, the six isolectins are not found in the stems and leaves of nettle, according to the research. Collectively referred to as U. dioica agglutinin (UDA), six isolectins are considered to be one of very important pharmacological findings. As mentioned at the beginning of this post, UDA can inhibit t from binding with SHBG, which means a lot in boosting testosterone levels because the body will get more bioavailable testosterone for that reason.
On the other hand, nettle can impact the conversion of testosterone to DHT, a by-product of testosterone. This conversion must be done with the help of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. The good news is that nettle can inhibit the production of this enzyme. As a result, this function makes sense to increase testosterone levels. By the way, it provides other health benefits too since it is generally known that DHT is a hormone with powerful androgenic properties and it is involved in the pathogenesis of hair loss and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
The recommended dose of stinging nettle (root) is from 300 to 360mg a day, according to the patient’s age, health, and several other conditions. However, always be guided by a doctor or other healthcare professional before using although it is considered safe. By the way, the same applies to other testosterone boosting natural products like milk thistle and fenugreek.