Akarkara Root and Testosterone: New Discovery or Supplement Industry Marketing Hype?

Akarkara root (Anacyclus pyrethrum) is an aphrodisiac herb from the Indian herbal medicine, Ayurveda. It grows pretty much all over the mediterranean region, and in Northern India, Himalayas, and some Arabian countries. As a plant it’s quite similar to chamomille, and the bioactive compounds – alkylamides – are the same ones that can be found in the notoriously ineffective maca root.

Akarkara root is touted to be a strong testosterone booster, pro-erectile agent, and fertility booster…

…But is that the real truth, or just market talk? Let’s find out:

Akarkara Root and Testosterone Levels

akarkara root supplement and male hormone levelsThere are two things that make the whole herb seem quite suspicious.

Firstly, its testosterone boosting effects have only been tested on rodents. And although certain rats share a remarkably similar reproductive system when compared to humans, there are plenty of herbs that work in rodents, but not at all in humans.

Akarkara root could potentially be one of them.

Secondly, most of the bioactive compounds (alkylamides) in the root are the same ones that can be found in Maca…

…And Maca root, which is often sold as testosterone booster, does not really boost testosterone (see link above).

I would of have bought the root myself for testing purposes, but I soon found that nobody really sells the herb it in its natural form. The only supplement that I found containing Akarkara, is that bottle of ‘Muscle Pharm Battle Fuel’ (affiliate link), that you can see on the image. However the supplement also contains plenty of other compounds, so it’s pretty useless for testing purposes anyway.

Here’s what the science says about Akarkara root:

a) In this study, the researchers gave 50-150 mg/kg of Akarkara root to their subject rats for 28 consecutive days. At the end of the study, they noted dose-dependent increases in both testosterone and luteinizing hormone, highest ones being 2x the baseline. Testicular weight was also increased in the rodents receiving Akarkara root extract.

b) An alkyaimde by the name of LS-MS, which can be found in Akarkara root (but not in Maca) is known to have a stimulatory effect on the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the master switch of the endocrine system and the stimulation of it is linked to increased testosterone production.

c) Both, the water and petroleum extracts of the herb improve erectile quality and mounting frequency in rodents. Surprisingly, the effects continued for up to 15 days after the supplementation was ceased (study, study)


So does Akarkara root work or not? I honestly can’t say.

The studies done on animals are very interesting, and clearly show a boost in testosterone. But on the other hand, there’s no human studies published anywhere on the internet, and Akarkara shares the same bioactive ingredients with the Maca root, and Maca is ineffective at boosting testosterone.

So I can’t really recommend the root as a supplement, at least not before there’s some human studies to back up its effects.

However if you want to give it a shot, the only supplement that I know containing Akarkara root, is the one linked above.

Akarkara Root and Testosterone: New Discovery or Supplement Industry Marketing Hype? was last modified: March 27th, 2017 by Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala is the founder of Anabolic Men, and an Independent Researcher that has been credited with organizing the findings that have helped thousands of men reach hormonal balance.
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  1. Andy on 18/12/2014 at 15:40

    A combination of this herb & Eucommia Bark made my voice deepen.

  2. Global on 20/12/2014 at 14:41

    Ali, you should check out the list I’ve sent you on email.

    • Ali Kuoppala on 30/12/2014 at 21:50

      I’ll have to take a look at it. My email inbox is currently so messed up and full of unanswered emails that it’s seriously stressing me out 😀

      • Global on 30/12/2014 at 22:21

        I can imagine 😛

        Just wanted to let you know that there’s an desent amount of herbs and techniques there for testosterone production and release that you haven’t covered…yet. Just as an tip incase you wondering what to review about next 😉

  3. Ali Kuoppala on 30/12/2014 at 21:53

    Hey, Greg O’Gallagher’s programs are what I would recommend. Also check out Lyle McDonald’s work at bodyrecomposition.com. The guy is a prophet when it comes to losing fat mass whilst maintaining the maximum amount of muscle tissue.

    • Ryan on 31/12/2014 at 08:45

      Thank you so much Ali- this guys site looks amazing! Odd that I haven’t came across Lyle mentioned on reddit or anything- anyway, thanks again.

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