Stinging Nettle Root Extract
For as long as man has been acquainted with agriculture, he has used the stinging nettle as both herb and food.
Scientifically known as urtica dioica, the stinging nettle is a herbaceous and flowering plant whose impeccable versatility has made it a native species in different Subtropical and Temperate regions of Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America.
Its handle has been known to cause some skin irritation and inflammation, hence its name.
This is specifically attributable to a protective mechanism composed of specialized hairs called Trichomes that inject chemicals into the offender’s skin.
However, basic heat treatment such as cooking or boiling or preservation measures such as drying renders the product safe for consumption.
The wisdom of the sages passed from generation to generation coupled with recent scientific backing has elevated the healing properties of this great herb to higher standards.
From increasing free testosterone to promoting prostate and urinary tract health as well as enhancing hair growth and treating joint pain, stinging nettle root extract is clearly one of a kind herb.
Taking Charge of Your Prostate and Urinary Tract Health
Men will definitely be pleased to learn that afflictions of the prostate such as BPH – Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia can be treated using the stinging nettle root extract.
A common condition among half the population of men above 50 years, the disease is characterized by an enlarged prostate which also complicates urination by either pressing on the bladder or the urinary tract leading to frequent urination as well as urinary tract infections.
The University of Maryland Medical Center surmises that the benefits accrued from using this extract can greatly relieve symptoms such as the urge to frequently urinate as well as post dripping urination.
An additional merit of the extract is its inhibitory effect on the aromatose enzymatic conversion of androgen into estrogen. This has significant efficacy in suppressing prostate cell metabolism and growth as well as promoting hair growth.
Increasing Free Testosterone In Your Body
Given the myriad of important nutrients that the extract contains such as vitamins (A, C, &K), minerals (phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and iron), essential amino acids, fatty acids, and powerful antioxidants, the element that increases free testosterone as well as promotes prostate and urinary tract health is lignans.
This compound exhibits an affinity for binding to Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) which in turn has a binding affinity to testosterone.
By consuming the extract, the lignans inherent in the product deny SHBG’s capacity and in so doing free up already available testosterone. Making testosterone biologically available for use in the body, greatly enhances reproductive health as well as prevention of osteoporosis.
What Hair Growth Demands
Efforts in the treatment of BPH using a drug called Finasteride inadvertently lead to the discovery of the cause of hair loss and ways to mitigate it.
Apparently, a compound called Dihydro-testosterone (DHT) attacks hair follicles and the drug Finasteride was able to prevent the conversion of testosterone into the destructive compound, that is DHT.
Natural alternatives among plants and herbs containing Finasteride were thereafter sought and applied in promoting hair growth.
An ability to treat BPH implied a parity that also promoted hair growth, This made it easy to identify the stinging nettle as a legitimate candidate and further enhanced the value of its root extract over time.
The use of the root is more commonly used compared to other parts of the plant as it versatility renders it to be used as an extract, tablet, tea or tincture. However, in whichever form you choose to take it, you stand to reap the full rewards the herb has to offer.