Muira Puama and Testosterone: Aphrodisiac with Possible Testosterone Enhancing Qualities
Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides, Natural Viagra, Potency Wood) is a herbal aphrodisiac and a potential testosterone booster that comes from the Amazonian rainforests.
Muira Puama is basically a flowering tree, with the active ergogenic compounds located in the barks and roots of the herb, and by ergogenic compounds I mean that the active ingredients such as the muirapuamines, beta-sitosterol, and several alkaloids found in Muira Puama, did show an anabolic – ergogenic- potentially even testosterone boosting effects in this study.
However Muira Puama is not really used as a testosterone booster that often, but its use as an aphrodisiac is far more common.
And few studies have already shown that the potency wood may live up to the name after all:
Muira Puama is a potential Ergogenic Aphrodisiac
In the Brazilian medicine book, the herb is told to relieve the symptoms of impotence and erectile dysfunction. Thus, why Muira Puama is believed to be an aphrodisiac.
The active ingredients such as sterols, muirapuamine, and alkaloids in theory should be pro-testosterone and also beneficial for erectile health…
…But do any of the claims actually hold water in the modern day research?
a) Firstly, this study conducted back in 2000, examined several herbs and their effects. The researchers claimed that Muira Puama and the active ingredients (mainly sterols and muirapuamine) were ergogenic and had possible testosterone boosting mechanisms. However this isn’t enough to actually prove anything.
b) A French sexologist called Jaques Waynberg took some Muira Puama from the Brazilian rainforest back to Europe where he examined the herb and its effects in his clinic for more than a decade. One of his studies where 362 men with erectile problems used Muira Puama for 2 weeks, showed that 62% of the men in the study noted “dynamic improvements” in sexual performance and hardness of the erections (source).
c) Few other studies have found out that Muira Puama improves sexual function, serves as a nerve tonic, and increases blood flow to the pelvic region (source).
But that’s about it. The research on this claimed potency wood is scant.
Even though there’s a ton of interesting compounds in Muira Puama that should boost testosterone production – such as sterols, muirapuamine, and, alkaloids – I really don’t know why the scientists have forgotten this herb and why the supplemental industry isn’t tapping into the market of this “hot new magical testosterone booster” like they normally do.
In other words, the herb has plenty of potential, but not that much of scientific evidence to really back up anything.
The science behind Muira Puama is scant, but promising.
Not to mention the fact that the “potency wood” is filled with pro-testosterone and pro-erectile compounds, which in theory should be good thing hormonally.
But until there’s peer reviewed human studies about its effects on male testosterone levels (like there already is on its erection boosting benefits), we can only theorize.
If you’re going to try Muira Puama, this tincture should do the trick (affiliate link).