- Product Type:Raw Material/Extract
- Active Ingredients:β-sitosterol
- Marketed Country:China
- Targeted Country:North American/Europen
- Recommended Storage Condition:Keep in Cool and Dry Place
- Shelf Life Period:24 Months
- Health Function:Men's Health
- Supply ability:10 Metric Ton Months
- Lead Time:5 Days
- Nearest Port:Shanghai
- Accepted Delivery Terms:FOB, EXW, CFR, CIF, CIP, DDP, DDU, Espress delivery
- Accepted Payment Currency:USD
- Accepted Payment Type:Credit Card, L/C, Money Gram, Paypal, T/T, Western Union
Introduction of Nettle
Urtica dioica, also known as stinging nettle, is a flowering plant that has been used since antiquity as a wellness herb and food source. The ancient Greeks, for instance, used it as a laxative and diuretic, while both European and Asian peoples ate its boiled shoots for sustenance. It was also employed to make cordage for weaving, fishing, and sailing.
Stinging nettle is significant for its role as a global folk herb, used for centuries to help with everything from diarrhea to asthma. Although other plants under the Urtica genus are also believed have health supportive uses, Urtica dioica — Stinging Nettle — is by far the most used and well-known.
In modern herbal practices, stinging nettle is primarily used to help with men's health concerns. It is especially popular for helping to maintain a normal prostate size, which can in turn help with urinary health and sexual performance in men.
nettle root is also being investigated as a potential testosterone
booster. Let’s look into some of the ideas behind nettle’s roles in
Nettle's Possible T-Boosting Bio-Activities
Stinging nettle root appears to have three main actions which could theoretically increase testosterone levels. Although these mechanisms show a lot of promise, most of the findings thus far are restricted to studies done with isolated compounds rather than whole, living organisms.
Inhibition of aromatase
Nettle blocks aromatase, an enzyme required to convert testosterone into estrogen. As a result of this action, stinging nettle could theoretically reduce estrogen and increase testosterone levels at the same time. In fact, a whole class of drugs with this effect already exists: Aromatase inhibitors (AIs). AIs are used to treat a variety of sex hormone-related disorders in men, and appear to be effective at increasing testosterone levels in older men. Nonetheless, this bio-activity remains in question due to lack of human research and because nettle contains relatively small amounts of the aromatase-inhibiting compounds.
Stinging nettle also contains compounds known as lignans, which have the ability to bind with sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), a protein required to transport and store sex hormones in the bloodstream. The majority of testosterone is bound to SHBG and cannot be used by the body; only about 2% remains free and active. By binding with SHBG, lignans could thus theoretically increase free testosterone levels in the blood.
· Bonus: Stinging Nettle’s ability to block SHGB has also been suggested as one of the bio-activities that makes the herb so effective at maintaining normal prostate size.
The third significant activity of stinging nettle appears to be inhibition of the enzyme 5a-reductase, which is required to convert testosterone into one of its more potent metabolites — dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In doing so, nettle could further boost active testosterone levels. Furthermore, given that elevated DHT is associated with the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia and male pattern baldness, stinging nettle could potentially be even better than a simple T-booster. Despite this, it is important to keep in mind that since DHT is also a sex hormone with many functions in the body, this activity could possibly be counter-productive.
Available Forms of Nettle Urtica
Stinging nettle is sold in many different forms, including dried or freeze-dried leaf, root extracts, capsules, tablets, and even juice and tea. Other forms:
· Standardized Stinging Nettle: May supply 1% silicic acid
· Concentrated Extract: Commonly presented as a 10:1 herbal concentrate, though may range as high as 50:1
Supplements in Review Recommendation
· Stinging Nettle as 10:1 Concentrated Extract, 150 mg
Stinging Nettle is great for mature men. Its well-documented prostate support, combined with its potential as a T-Booster, make it an ideal herbal supplement for countering common age-related health concerns in men.
A concentrated 10:1 root extract seems a good nettle starting point. It will deliver more active compounds per mg — so a smaller 150 mg serving may still support T. Use of a concentrated herbal extract also makes sense because some of nettle’s active aromatase-inhibiting compounds are only present in the herb in small amounts.
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