Does nettle root work for better sexual performance?
So, nettle root – or stinging nettle – is used to treat or diminish the symptoms of a vast array of conditions. However, science hasn’t done much to back up those claims. Thus, I propose to investigate the matter with the little science available and the much more numerous anecdotal evidence.
Usually, nettle root is used to treat urination problems (related to a large prostate) but the plant is also used as a diuretic and an astringent.
On a more manly note, Romans used stinging nettle as a tonic but not as you would think… They would actually beat themselves up with the actual plant! Tough gig!
Nonetheless, once cooked, it doesn’t sting. At all. So, there’s no reason not to try it out because of that “irritating” fact!
Let’s delve into the matter… does nettle root work for better sexual performance?
Does Nettle Root Work for Better Sexual Performance? – What Do We Know
So far, the scientific community has isolated more than 50 compounds within the nettle. The types and concentrations of those do vary according to the portion of the plant. Some of the most known compounds are plant sterols, acetylcholine, histamine, oleanol acid, flavonol glycosides and isolectins.
Traditionally, the compounds of nettle root are used to treat enlarged prostate issues, joint pain, urinary infections, hay fever and tendonitis.
So, how could nettle root work for better sexual performance?
Isolectins found in nettle do a good job at inhibiting the binding of testosterone to SHBG – sex hormone binding globulin. Those isolectins then will play a part in maintaining hormonal balance in the body. Because when too much testosterone binds to SHBG, it isn’t available to be used by our bodies. Consequently, this causes a decrease of free testosterone levels – the kind that can be used by our bodies straight away. (1)
How Does it Work?
It would seem that some compounds in nettle root can decrease the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone by inhibiting the chemical that causes the conversion. Moreover, dihydrotestosterone levels increase naturally with age and, this form of T is linked to hair loss and prostate tissue growth (benign prostatic hyperplasia).
However, the true impact of dihydrotestosterone is still the subject of debate within the scientific crowd. But still, a bunch of German scientists report that nettle root extract could be beneficial to reduce the symptoms and the severity of prostate tissue growth (aka. benign prostatic hyperplasia).
So, basically, nettle root extract can increase the amount of free testosterone levels and reduce the risk of prostate growth.
Thus, by increasing testosterone levels and improving prostate & urinary tract health, you will naturally improve both libido and sexual performance. And let’s not mention many health benefits, including muscular growth and a more efficient metabolism.
Accordingly, in traditional medicines, nettle has been used to strengthen overall, reproductive and sexual health. (2)
Also, nettle has been shown to reduce – and even sometimes block – oestrogen production. Which is a feminine hormone found in low quantities in men and for good reason. By blocking excess production of oestrogens, it allows a boost of T levels.
Now, let’s have a look on how to benefit from nettle root properly…!
Does Nettle Root Work for Better Sexual Performance? – Tips
To have the best results, it is recommended to either choose a nettle root extract (high concentration) or dried nettle root.
For the latter, you will have to boil 2/3 of a cup of water with 4 tablespoons of dried nettle root. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes, strain and drink it 3 to 4 times per day.
For the nettle root extract, carefully follow the instructions provided.
While nettle in itself is considered pretty safe (even the itching is without much risk), too much of it can cause stomach upset and fluid retention.
In some very rare cases, erectile dysfunction and decrease semen count has been observed. So, if you have had issues in that area, discuss taking nettle with your doctor beforehand. Especially, if you take other medications.
Also, know that stinging nettle has been used to treat a variety of other conditions: internal bleeding, including uterine bleeding, nosebleeds, bowel bleeding; the leaves for anemia, poor circulation, an enlarged spleen, diabetes and other endocrine disorders, stomach acid, diarrhea and dysentery, lung congestion, asthma, rash and eczema, cancer, preventing the signs of aging, wound healing and as a general tonic.
So, even if scientific claims are lacking, nettles and nettle root show a lot of promise and it would definitely be interesting to see where the “nettlemania” goes!
Keep yourself informed to stay healthy!
This article (Does nettle root work for better sexual performance) was written by Michael King.
(1) Asian herbals and aphrodisiacs used for managing ED. Peter H. C. Lim. Transl Androl Urol. 2017.
(2) Improve Your Sex Life And Protect Against Heart Attack. J. Phillip Vogel. Life Extension Magazine. May 2003.