Akarkara Root and Its Effect on Testosterone
- September 26, 2017
Anacyclus pyretherum, more commonly known as akarkara root, is an aphrodisiac herb used in the Indian herbal medicine, Ayurveda. It grows over much of the Mediterranean region, as well as in northern India, the Himalayas and in some Arabian countries.
Although no human studies have been conducted, preliminary evidence seems to confirm the traditional claims of fertility and libido enhancement. In animal studies, Akarkara root has shown the ability to boost testosterone and enhance sexual health.
One study on rats used daily injections of 50, 100 or 150 mg/kg of an akarkara root extract over a 28-day period. Compared to the control group, the treatment significantly elevated the levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). Both of these hormones promote the synthesis and release of testosterone.
Another investigation, also done over 28 days, found that 50, 100 and 150 mg/kg doses of akarkara all triggered significant increases in testosterone, sperm count, motility and viability.
In yet another study, the effects of testosterone were compared to the effects of akarkara on 32 male rates. The akarkara group received either 50 or 100 mg/kg body weight of akarkara extract every day for 28 days. Compared to the testosterone group, the male rats treated with akarkara were more receptive to female rats and had up to four times more sexual intercourse.
These results are likely due to the main bioactive ingredients in Akarkara root, alkylamides. One, by the name of LS-MS, is known to have a stimulatory effect on the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the master switch of the endocrine system, which produces testosterone.
For any man over the age of 30, this is big news. After 30, testosterone levels naturally start to decline by up to 2% each year. Lower testosterone levels (Low T) could result in weight gain, loss of muscle, fatigue and lack of libido.
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