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Nettle Root Powdered 50:1 Extract

To ensure that you receive the maximum about of benefit from the products you purchase and use, we are pleased to offer our 50 times concentration of Nettle (Urtica dioica) Root. This highly concentrated powdered extract ensures that you receive clinically relevant levels of the active compound Beta-Sitosterol, the active compound present in Nettle Root which benefits the prostate, raises free testosterone levels, and prevents testosterone from metabolizing to estrogenic compounds.

Product Highlights

  • Wild harvested Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) roots;
  • Nettle Root is considered to be the male herbal ally;
  • Prepared using a traditional hot water extraction process, which eliminates the need for harsh solvents and other chemicals;
  • Extracted to a fifty times (50:1) concentration;
  • Packaged in our domestic FDA cGMP facility using food grade products;
  • Contains no fillers or drying agents and has never been irradiated;
  • Brought to you by RAW Forest Foods, the leaders in pro-androgenic and tonic herbs;
  • Nettle Root may help benefit the health of the prostate and to block the conversion of sex hormones into damaging metabolites (DHT and estradiol).*

Intended Uses

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What You'll Find Inside

Each pouch contains 65 grams of our Nettle Root Powdered 50:1 Extract. It takes over 70 pounds to produce each 65 gram pouch of extract.

The dark, opaque color of our pouches aids in protecting the inner ingredients from harmful UVA/UVB destruction. Within the outer pouch, you will find an additional inner pouch to help preserve the freshness of the product and to make it easier for you to use.

All RAW Forest Foods packaging is food grade and done domestically in our certified organic, FDA cGMP facility.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. View our full Terms and Conditions.

An Overview

Nettle Root is a top contender as the number one herb for men and women as we move into middle age--and for those worried about damaging estrogen metabolites and waning levels of free testosterone. For many people Nettle Root is the herb.

Nettle Root is the root (also known as the rhizome) of the common Stinging Nettle plant (Urtica dioica). It has the unique ability to optimize functions of the endocrine system related to reproductive health, simultaneously maximizing and protecting.

Stinging Nettle plant

Nettle Root is fantastic when used as a standalone herb, and it should always be used side-by-side when using any herbs, nutritional supplements, or drugs which increase levels of androgen (male sex) hormones, or when there is an issue of an overabundance of estrogen in the body or an under-abundance of free or total testosterone. Additionally, Nettle Root is a must for anyone with symptoms of estrogen toxicity.

With Nettle Root a Potent Extract is a Necessary

Beta-Sitosterol (β-Sitosterol) is the highly researched active compound found in Nettle Root. It is β-Sitosterol that awards so many benefits to men. The problem with β-Sitosterol is that it is naturally occurring in Nettle Root in insignificant doses. While the compound is beneficial, it is present in the unprocessed roots in amounts too low to matter. This makes it of paramount importance to use a high quality, potent concentrated or standardized extract of Nettle Root, so that you are guaranteed significant levels of β-Sitosterol.

In an effort to provide our customers with the highest quality products available, we are pleased to offer a fifty (50) times concentrated extract of Nettle Root. This 50:1 powdered extract ensures that high levels of β-Sitosterol are present and as such, ensures that you receive all the benefits that Nettle Root has to offer you (we also offer standardized β-Sitosterol in capsule form).

An Overview of Beta-Sitosterol

Beta-Sitosterol is the active compound found in Nettle Root and is a plant sterol ester. The vast majority of research into Beta-Sitosterol has been focused on its benefits on prostate health. Research has shown that Beta-Sitosterol has a high effectiveness in reducing symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), including:

  • Improved urine output;
  • Decreased residual urine in the bladder;
  • A 3.5-fold improvement on the International Prostate Symptom Score (1).

Furthermore, research into the prostate health promoting benefits of Beta-Sitosterol has shown great promise against several types of prostate cancer, decreasing cancer cell growth and inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells (1).

Other common uses of Beta-Sitosterol include (2):

  • Treatment for hair loss;
  • Enhancing sexual activity.
  • Heart disease and high cholesterol;
  • Boosting the immune system;
  • Support for common cold and flu (influenza), HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, psoriasis, allergies, cervical cancer, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), asthma, bronchitis, migraine headache, and chronic fatigue syndrome;
  • Preventing colon cancer;
  • Prevention of gallstones;
  • Support for symptoms of menopause.

Effects Upon Free Testosterone

As a standalone herb, Nettle Root works intelligently to optimize sex hormones. For men, Nettle Root works primarily to keep testosterone active (free) in the body for a longer period of time. On average, only two (2) percent of total serum testosterone is free, and only free testosterone is active. The other ninety eight (98) percent of testosterone is bound testosterone and is no longer active. The glycoprotein sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) binds to free testosterone rendering it useless (and setting the stage for a potentially dangerous series of chemical processes).

Nettle Root works to bind to SHBG so that testosterone does not have the opportunity to bind to it. This action dramatically increases levels of free testosterone, the kind of testosterone that works positively on the body, the mind, the soul. As Lee Myer, the popular men's health author, states, "Free testosterone is the type of testosterone 'that will supercharge our brains, blood, muscles, sex lives and all the other things we associate with testosterone.'"

For women, Nettle Root works similarly by blocking SHBG. SHBG has an affinity for all sex hormones, and keeping levels of free estrogen is important in women as is keeping levels of free testosterone is important in men. For most healthy individuals, High levels of estrogen and testosterone are damaging only after they have become bound to SHBG. Once estrogen or testosterone have become bound to SHBG, they begin the process of being converted into harmful estrogen metabolites, like estradiol. By keeping these sex hormones free, the rates of conversion to harmful metabolites are decreased.

For men, Nettle Root even works to unbind testosterone which has already become bound by SHBG, further increasing levels of important free testosterone and further decreasing the conversion to estrogen metabolites.

DHT and Hormonal Hair Loss

Unlike the commonly used herb Saw Palmetto, which is usually recommended both for prostate issues and for hormonal hair loss in men and women, Nettle Root is effective in treating both, without preventing the important conversion of testosterone to DHT. Many researchers view DHT as the active form of testosterone, and testosterone as only a prohormone to DHT. In fact, DHT is 15-30 times more potent than testosterone. Furthermore, unlike testosterone, DHT cannot be converted to the harmful estrogenic metabolite esterdiol. A you will see, DHT actually protects this conversion from happening.

DHT (Dihydronetestosterone) is named as the #1 culprit in both hormonal hair loss (androgenic allopecia) and enlarged prostate--Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), and Saw Palmetto (as well as prescription finasteride) works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT. However, not only is DHT vitally important to men's health, DHT is not actually the culprit people claim it to be. To understand why, a more in depth knowledge of the body is needed.

DHT has many functions throughout the body, and to perform these functions, it binds to testosterone and DHT receptor sites, which are found throughout the body, including the brain and the sex organs. In the prostate and in the scalp, Nettle Root competes with DHT and attaches to the receptor sites, this means that DHT is still available for its important functions, but is not able to aggravate the prostate or interfere with hair growth. Nettle Root directly blocks the enzyme which causes hair loss in cases of androgenic allopecia. It can be used as a stand alone herb for treating male pattern baldness.

Additionally, DHT is vital in the prevention of the aromatization of testosterone to esterdiol, and DHT also unbinds bound testosterone from sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), rendering the inactive bound testosterone free and active again. The enzyme aromatase converts both testosterone and estrogen, which are benign, into harmful estrogen metabolites, which can cause a plethora of issues, including prostate, breast, and cervical cancer. This process is called aromatization. Nettle Root blocks aromatization for happening.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and Prostate Cancer.

Throughout Europe, which has shown a much greater understanding of male physiology and has a much greater track record of treating BHP and prostate cancer than the US, Nettle Root has been used widely to treat BPH. Clinical research in Europe has shown that it may be effective at relieving symptoms of BHP, such as reduced urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate.

The symptoms of BHP are caused by the enlarged prostate pressing on the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder). Interestingly, laboratory studies have demonstrated Nettle Root to be as effective as finasteride (a medication commonly prescribed for BPH) in slowing the growth of certain prostate cells.

Nettle Root has benefits beyond Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), and has been shown clinically to reduce cancerous cell proliferation in the prostate. A study published in the February 2000 issue of "Planta Medica" found that Urtica dioica root (Nettle Root) extract inhibited proliferation of human prostate cancer cells in the laboratory. This study confirms the many findings that testosterone and DHT are not the causes of prostate issues, but that prostate issues can actually be resolved when testosterone and DHT are brought back to healthy levels, and conversions of male sex hormones into estrogen metabolites is blocked.

Androgenic Herbs and Nettle Root

Androgenic herbs, for this discussion, are a class of herbs which contain the androgen (male sex) hormones or which increase the body's own production of these hormones. Pine Pollen is an example of a herb which contains androgen hormones (including Androstenedione, Testosterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone, and Androsterone); herbs that increase the production of testosterone include Tribulus, Cistanche Tubulosa, and Tongkat Ali. Whenever levels of testosterone are increased, through herbs or through conventional medicine, it is vitally important to control both the actions of SHBG and aromatase.

Increasing levels of testosterone can be harmful over the long run of these two processes are not managed. Nettle Root controls both, and should always be used side-by-side whenever levels of testosterone are being elevated. Furthermore, for the sake of efficacy, only 2% of testosterone is free and active. Meaning you only receive 2% of the benefit whenever you raise levels of free testosterone. By including Nettle Root, the levels of free testosterone are dramatically elevated, and you get a much better effect.

Botanical Illustration of Urtica dioica

botanical urtica dioica

Medicinal Compounds

In its entirety, Nettle Root--as a whole plant--contains a plethora of known medicinal compounds, including Beta-Sitosterol. For our customers, Beta-Sitosterol is the compounds which is of the most interest, as it has the major benefits for reproductive, endocrine, and general male health (though is just as important for female health as well). However, it is important to highlight the many health promoting compounds found in the plant, as using plants as medicine requires a holistic appreciation of the entirety of the plant, not simply the isolated compounds.

While the root of the Stinging Nettle plant contains the target ingredients for endocrine and reproductive health, both the above and below ground parts of the common Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) plant are medicinal and edible. The leaves from the plant make a delicious green to add to soups, stews, baked dishes like casseroles, and anywhere a cooked green is used (heat neutralizes the stinging compounds). Some of the compounds found in Nettle include:

  • 14-octacosanol;
  • An N-Acetylglucosamine moieties lectin;
  • Anthocyanins, including Pelargonidin;
  • Beta-Sitosterol (β-sitosterol);
  • Chlorogenic Acid and caffeic acid (a metabolite of chlorogenic acid)
  • Coumaric Acid, of which p-coumaric acid is at 5mcg/g
  • Fatty acids, including oleic, gadoleic, stearic, palmitoleic and erucic;
  • Lignans, including (+)-neoolivil, isolariciresinol, and pinoresinol;
  • Oleanolic Acid;
  • Quercetin, Kaempferol, and Isorhamnetin, and glycosides (including rutinoside and isorhamnetin-3-O-neohesperidoside);
  • Scopoletin;
  • Secoisolariciresinol, enterofuran , and 3,4-divanillyltetrahydrofuran (which binds to SHBG);
  • Stigmasterol;
  • The stinging hairs of the above-ground parts contains serotonin, acetylcholine, and histamine compounds;
  • Ursolic Acid;
  • Vanillic acids, including homovanillyl alcohol, hydroxycinnamic acids, and ferulic acid;
  • Vitamin C.

Some of the listed compounds are present primarily in the above-ground parts of the plant, most notably the serotonin, acetylcholine, and histamine compounds. These compounds are present in great concentration on the under-side of the leaves, and which account for the stinging sensation of the Stinging Nettle plant.

As mentioned elsewhere, Beta-Sitosterol is present only in small amounts in the whole Nettle Root, which is why extracts--like this 50:1 concentration--are so important if Nettle Root is to be used medicinally. Such an extraction will alter the other compounds present.

Our Nettle Root Extract Powder is specifically for those customers looking for a Nettle Root Extract that contains high levels of Beta-Sitosterol while retaining the natural integrity of the original plant. This powdered extract is for those looking for a more holistic Nettle Root product. For those customers seeking to singly target Beta-Sitosterol, the compound present in Nettle Root which has been thoroughly studied to offer benefits to male reproductive health, we offer our Beta-Sitosterol Capsules. These capsules are standardized to contain a 45% concentration of Beta-Sitosterol (β-sitosterol), more than what a 50:1 concentration contains.

Indications

Because of its positive effects upon the prostate and its ability to elevate levels of free testosterone, Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) Root is a fantastic addition for men. Additionally, for people using natural or synthetic suppliment or compounds to increase androgen (including testosterone) levels, Nettle Root should always be including to help protect the prostate (as mentioned above).

Contraindications

Not enough information is known about the safety of use while pregnant or breast feeding(2).

Beta-sitosterol is contraindicated in people who have sitosterolemia, a rare inherited fat storage disease. Do not use Beta-Sitosterol if you have sitosterolemia.

Stinging Nettle Root Extract: Suggested Dosage

Suggested dosage of our Nettle Root Extract is 1 teaspoon. There are approximately 43 servings in every 65 gram pouch of this product. Some may benefit from using the formula twice a day--once in the morning and again in late afternoon or the early evening.

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Other Ingredients: Vegan/vegetarian plant celulose capsules.

This product is GMO free and is vegan/vegetarian.

Of course, whichever way you decide to use it, the best way is the way that ensures regular, consistent use, because no gain is made from a product that sits untouched in the cupboard.

Learn more about using all of our products here.

Ideal Storage

Store this product, and all RAW Forest Foods products, in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and moisture. Try and use in a timely manner after opening the package.

Cycling Herbs

For those customers who prefer to rotate their pro-androgenic and tonic herbs, we suggest a schedule of five days on and two days off, or four weeks on and one week off.

Disclosures

Before starting any new medicinal herbs or nutritional supplements (from our company or otherwise), customers should consult with their qualified health care practitioner. This not because we question the safety of our products, but because we believe in the strength of our products and that plants have a medicinal, therapeutic potential.

This product is not for use by those under the age of 18, who are pregnant or nursing, or who are allergic or adverse to any of the ingredients contained within.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please view our full Terms and Conditions.

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Customer Reviews 5 (14 Reviews) Write a review of this product

5 Stars
Always happy with RFF products quality and impact to my general health

I have just started taking the nettle root, wanted to see how it impacts me in conjunction with the pine pollen and endo-strength formula I always am impressed with all the products I order from RFF, I am expecting to be very pleased with the Nettle root

5 Stars
Just get it

You won't regret it

4 Stars
Good product wrong one sent!

The product is high quality ,however the wrong one was sent. I wanted a standardized nettle .it does not say this on package as described.disappointed. I can get in contact with anyone from the company.

5 Stars
Great Product & Packaging

Just received it so I haven't tried it yet. Looks like very high quality ingredients as well as the quality packaging that re-seals easily, like a zip-lock bag! Very fast deliver too.

4 Stars
Very well balanced formulas

Great combination that fortify so the system quickly

5 Stars
Great nettle root effective

Several people have commented on being able to feel the effects .

5 Stars
Just started using and notice improvement already. Good flavor too.

We just started using the Nettle Root and have already noticed improved energy and stamina. Happy to report that it also has a nice flavor.

5 Stars
Truly Awsome Stuff

I purchased this product because of the 50 to 1. And I purchased it to raise my testosterone. And it truly does everything it say's. I am 59 and have a healthy prostate due to this product. I believe I have been a customer for about 2 yrs. No one else and I have tried them. Products come close to this. I use it in my morning coffee. absolutely delicious.

5 Stars
Energy and Drive

I have sampled several different products from Raw Forest Foods and found this Nettle Root extract to be among the best. For about a week I took 2 heaping teaspoons in the morning on an empty stomach. This definitely produced a noticeable effect. During this time I felt more energy and drive to do thing more - and more completely. For example: snow shovelling. Seriously, the amount of snow I had to move this one day would normally have been almost overwhelming, but this gave me an extra boost to get it done. So for that reason, I give this product a five star review.

5 Stars
Nettle Root Extract Powder

I like this product...I make a warm/hot tea with it and it tastes nice and earthy.