Can Astragalus Membranaceus Boost Testosterone
Astragalus Membranaceus is a semi-common ingredient found in an ever increasing number of male health supplements… often those aimed at boosting a flagging sex drive and other symptoms associated with low testosterone Astragalus Membranaceus is a natural herbal extract that is commonly used in traditional medicines…it is thought to have anti inflammatory effects and is also believed to increase life expectancy..
Also known as Astralagus, Huangqi, membranous Milk Vetch Root, Ogi, Huang Qi and TA-65
A member of the Fabaceae group of herbs.. it is native to areas of Mongolia, Northern China and Siberia.. The root is the main source for any extracts and is often used in a warm drink where it has a sweet taste with a slight element of heat.
It contains a great many various flavanoids, saponins and polysaccharides along with amoino acids, sucrose and phenolic acids. These Include
- HDTIC Isomers
- Gluconic Acid
The key ingredient is one of the astrogalosides… a steroidal saponin
In traditional Chinese Medicines, Astragalus Membranaceus has been used to treat diarrhoea, fatigue, reduced appetite, breathing issues, sweating and frequent colds.. it is also thought to increase longevity.. although an interesting thought, something that remains unstudied and unlikely.
It has been shown to have benefits when protecting heart health.. Studies have shown that it has a slight benefit when used to lower blood pressure
Astralagus and Testosterone
There have been no clinical studies carried out that either prove or disprove the effects on testosterone production… one study did demonstrate a slight increase in sperm motility in Wistar rats,
There are suggestions that it could help preserve male fertility, but there have been no clinical tests carried out on human subjects to confirm this possibility.
Despite its inclusion in a number of testosterone boosting supplements, there is no direct evidence whatsoever that Astralagus has ANY effect on testosterone production whatsoever.. the possibility of it being able to boost sperm motility should not be discounted, but overall, its currently not one to be recommended without further testing..