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Pueraria lobata

Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) is a root plant that appears to have traditional usage in alleviating migraines and hangovers.

Our evidence-based analysis on pueraria lobata features 32 unique references to scientific papers.

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The lone study on Kudzu root used a product containing 100mg of isoflavone equivalents, which appeared to be slightly effective for promoting cognition in postmenopausal women. It is unsure if this is near the optimal dosage or not.

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The Human Effect Matrix summarizes human studies to tell you what effects Pueraria lobata has on your body, how much evidence there is, and how strong these effects are.

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Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
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Consistency of research results
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Notes
grade-d Minor - See study
Small boost in attention in menopausal women (independent of reductions in symptoms of menopause); needs to be reinvestigated
grade-d Minor - See study
A small boost in cognition in menopausal women given the supplement; needs to be replicated and uncertain if it applies to otherwise healthy youth.
grade-d - - See study
No alterations in Apolipoprotein B have been noted
grade-d - - See study
No significant influence of Pueraria lobata on circulating estrogen levels (although it itself may be a phytoestrogen; weak)
grade-d - - See study
No significant alterations have been noted in follicle-stimulating hormone concentrations following pueraria lobata ingestion.
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No detectable influence on HDL-C levels
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No significant influence on circulating LDL-C has been noted with supplementation
grade-d - - See study
No significant alterations in luteinizing hormone has been detected with pueraria lobata ingestion.
grade-d - - See study
No significant influence detected on symptoms of menopause (as assessed by rating scales)
grade-d - - See study
No significant influence have been detected on total cholesterol

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Things to Note

Primary Function:

Also Known As

Kudzu, Gegen

Do Not Confuse With

Pueraria Mirifica (same genera, different herb), Japanese Knotweed (also called Kudzu)

Goes Well With

  • Angelica dahurica (enhances absorption of Puerarin from Pueraria Lobata)

  • Savlia Miltiorrhiza (Danshen) for anti-inflammatory purposes

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