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Four pages have been either added (3) or updated (1) this week to be more comprehensive and correct:
Ginger has been added, mainly due to its interesting claims of increasing testosterone and also being in every pregnant woman's arsenal (for morning sickness, not related to testosteron); a sort of humorous pairing of topics.
It does appear to increase testosterone reliably in mice at high dosages, and apparently in a dose dependent manner (so lower dosages might be good as well). Only problem is that no human studies have been conducted and no mechanisms of action seem to have been looked at. Ginger does appear to induce testicular shrinkage if used for over 28 days, similar to a steroid cycle, so it sucks that we don't know the precise mechanisms (it just appears to be more testicular than it does hypothalamic)
Stinging Nettle has been added due to its addition to many test boosters, but it doesn't appear to increase testosterone. It might (has the mechanisms) but the one human study came back negative.
It is quite effective at increasing urination rates in suffers of benign prostatic hyperplasia; many trials have been conducted on this. It would probably be a good 'male health supplement' for older individuals due to high rates of benign prostatic hyperplasia, but just be aware that it hasn't been shown to increase testosterone. Just urination and well being.
Might also be anti-inflammatory.
Speaking of anti-inflammatories, Bromelain has been added as it was requested in our FAQ entry list. Bromelain appears to be an effective anti-inflammatory, although its usage in society appears to be higher than the amount of research on it implies. There is research, but most seems to be on the mechanisms rather than applied and blinded trials.
A lot of trials, usually on cardiovascular health and sinusitis, are very old and have not been replicated either. Sad face :(
Bromelain is a weird compound as well, an interesting read even if you aren't looking into buying it. It is an enzyme, but it gets into the blood and acts on cells when orally ingested. For those of you who took high school biology or a secondary education's 'intro to physiology', orally absorbing enzymes is not something that should logically happen. Yet it does, and it digests receptors on immune cells; dafuq?
Finally, our page on Magnolia officinalis was updated. The areas concerning cancer metabolism are still lacking a bit and will be updated soon, but the page is no longer crap.
Published By Kamal Patel on 2012-06-14 20:37:00