Media Darlings and Even More Herbs

Three supplements reported in the media; four other random herbs

Written by Kamal Patel
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A variety of pages have been added to Examine's database, with some having already being mentioned on our facebook page. The two herbs Pueraria Mirifica and Butea Superba have already been mentioned in a previous blog post, and they won't be elaborated on in the current blog post.

A few media darlings have been completed, including Griffonia Simplicifolia (a source of 5-HTP) and Velvet Antler. The two supplements are pretty lackluster to be honest, as there is no theoretical reason to ever use Griffonica over straight 5-HTP. Velvet Antler looks promising but is too preliminary to come to any conclusions at this moment in time; it requires more research, but we cannot prove nor disprove the tissue repair aspect (that being said, it doesn't appear to boost anabolic hormones or induce aphrodisia it seems).

5-HTP itself has been greatly updated, although not currently complete. It does appear to suppress food intake by increasing satiety, but requires a higher dose than some sources recommend (100-150mg) when in actuality it may need 200mg thrice a day for these effects. However, there is some evidence for its food reducing effects when taken before meals.

Three other seemingly random herbs have been added as well that have not had a spike in media attention lately:

  • Pedalium Murex is a berry which appears to have its history intertwined with Tribulus Terrestris, and Pedalium actually did boost testosterone in one study in animals. It is possible that when investigating the effects of 'Goshukra' (a term for an herbal therapy where both Tribulus and Pedalium berries were used) that researchers picked the wrong berries.

  • Paederia foetida has been added. It seems to be like almost everything else in our Testosterone Booster list where it has one animal study in favor of its efficacy but beyond that has limited evidence. Another thing to merely store in a database and potentially keep an eye on.

  • Psoralea Corylifolia is fairly interesting. It has estrogenic properties (although much weaker than Pueraria Mirifica mentioned earlier) yet the same molecule in question, Bakuchiol, appears to be a fairly potent adrenaline and dopamine reuptake inhibitor. High doses of the seed have induced locomotion and anti-depressant effects in animals, and Bakuchiol and/or Psoralea ether extracts may have a role in augmenting the effects of catecholamine-mediated cognition.

  • Andrographis Paniculata is a major update, and due to its efficacy in fighting off symptoms of the cold or flu it currently adorns our new stack page on Cold and Flu. Kan Jang tablets, a mixture of Andrographis and Siberian Ginseng, have in one study been shown to be more effective than Echinacea purpurea extract.

Last but not least, we added our 14,000th citation yesterday!