Våren Forest Nettle ß-Sitosterol (Beta-Sitosterol)
Made with standardized Nettle Root Extract (45% ß-sitosterol), Swedish Flower Pollen Extract (10:1), and Piperine
From our Våren Forest Nettle Collection
ß-Sitosterol is the active compound present in Stinging Nettle (Radix Urtica dioica) Root. The issue with Stinging Nettle Root and with ß-Sitosterol is that in the un-extracted root, the compound is present in quantities too low to be therapeutic. A strong extract is vital. This is why we offer our customers this potent, isolated extract, and our broad spectrum Våren Forest Nettle Root Extract (50:1) powder and our combined Pine Pollen and Nettle Root Extract. These capsules contain an extract of Stinging Nettle Root that has been standardized to contain 45% Beta-Sitosterol.
Stinging Nettle Root has long been considered one of the top herbs for men, and is often called The herbal male ally. It is known to help support prostate health (in particular benign prostatic hyperplasia) and to support healthy levels of free testosterone.
To further support the male genitourinary system, we have re-formulated this product with a clinical grade Swedish Flower Pollen Extract (10:1). Swedish Flower Pollen is highly regarded as a tonic for supporting prostate health. Unlike other therapies for prostate support (both pharmaceutical and herbal), Swedish Flower Pollen does not interfere with testosterone or DHT (5α-Reductase inhibitors).
Nettle Root and Swedish Flower Pollen is a synergistic combination.
Lastly, Piperine, an extract of Black Pepper, is added in small amounts to the formula to increase the bio-availability of the main ingredients.
An OverviewMany people over 40 experience a drop in energy, sexual performance, and libido or a loss of energy or diminished health. Nettle Root is a top performer in helping improve waning levels of free testosterone or anyone with symptoms of estrogen toxicity. For many people, Nettle Root is the herb. It is a top contender as the number one herb for men and women as we move into middle age.
The isolated active compound found in nettle root is Beta-Sitosterol. In all of the clinical research, Beta-Sitosterol has been found to account for the strong protective effects of Nettle Root. The problem, however, is that Beta-Sitosterol occurs in insignificant quantities in the root. Nettle root extract helps to achieve a better concentration, but we know our customers demand the best, so we offer you our 45% Beta-Sitosterol capsules.
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.
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, it is a must for anyone with symptoms of estrogen toxicity.
The Necessity of a Potent Extract
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 Nettle Root which has been extracted and standardized to include a forty-five (45) percent content of Beta-Sitosterol. This potent extract promises that each capsule contains clinically significant levels of Beta-Sitosterol so that you can enjoy all the benefits that Nettle Root has to offer.
We also offer a potent 50:1 powdered Nettle Root Extract for those preferring a slightly less potent but more holistic powdered Nettle Root Extract.
The RAW Forest Foods Difference
- A potent standardized Nettle Root extract offering a forty-five (45) percent Beta-Sitosterol concentration;
- Encapsulated using vegetarian, vegan, and Kosher capsules in our FDA GMP facility;
- No fillers, no drying agents, never irradiated. Our promise;
- Packaged and select manufactured in an FDA cGMP facility here in the US;
- From RAW Forest Foods, the premier and most trusted androgenic herb company.
An Overview of ß-Sitosterol (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 a level 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 estradiol. As you will see, DHT actually protects this conversion from happening.
DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is named as the #1 culprit in both hormonal hair loss (androgenic alopecia) 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 alopecia. Nettle Root 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 estradiol, 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 BPH 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 cancer 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.
Pro-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 Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
As a whole plant, Nettle Root contains many additional compounds to Beta-Sitosterol which have a health-promoting benefit. Both the above and below ground parts of the common Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) plant are medicinal. Aside from Beta-Sitosterol, the following compounds are present in Urtica dioica:
- An N-Acetylglucosamine moieties lectin;
- Anthocyanins, including Pelargonidin;
- 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);
- Secoisolariciresinol, enterofuran, and 3,4-divanillyltetrahydrofuran (which binds to SHBG);
- The stinging hairs of the above-ground parts contain serotonin, acetylcholine, and histamine compounds;
- Ursolic Acid;
- Vanillic acids, including homovanillyl alcohol, hydroxycinnamic acids, and ferulic acid;
- Vitamin C.
However, not all of these compounds are present in the root of the plant. Most notably the serotonin, acetylcholine, and histamine compounds, which are present in the hairs on the under-surface of the leaves which account for the stinging sensation of the Stinging Nettle plant.
As previously mentioned, Beta-Sitosterol is present in small amounts in the unextracted Nettle Root. It takes a considerable amount of the root to bring it to the standardized content which our capsules have. This means that there is a loss of the other compounds, as listed above because the goal here is to isolate the medically relevant Beta-Sitosterol.
For those looking for a more holistic product, our popular powdered Nettle Root Extract, which is a strong 50:1 concentration, retains and concentrates the plethora of compounds present in Nettle Root, while still ensuring a relevant level of Beta-Sitosterol. 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. These Beta-Sitosterol capsules are for those customers interested in obtaining a potent, isolated and standardized, Nettle Root Extract, targeting Beta-Sitosterol, the compound present in Nettle Root which has been thoroughly studied to offer benefits to male reproductive health.
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 supplement or compounds to increase androgen (including testosterone) levels, Nettle Root should always be includied to help protect the prostate (as mentioned above).
Not enough information is known about the safety of use while pregnant or breastfeeding (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.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia evaluation and management by urologists and primary care physicians: practice patterns from the observational BPH registry.
- Testosterone replacement therapy in hypogonadal men: assessing benefits, risks, and best practices.
- The role of phytosterols and phytosterolins in immune modulation: a review of the past 10 years.
Våren Forest Nettle ß-Sitosterol (Beta-Sitosterol)
Other Ingredients: Vegan/vegetarian plant cellulose 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.
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.
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.
Before starting any new medicinal herbs or nutritional supplements (from our company or otherwise), customers should consult with their qualified healthcare 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.
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I have been using it in combination with Tongkat Ali (as suggested by Ryan) and I have been amazed by the results. Here is my review (20 year old male) First I noticed an increase in overall energy and well being , increase in appetite and mental focus (most probably due to the extra free testosterone). I go to the gym regularly and I noticed improvements regarding the weight and overall muscle shape and condition. I started taking 4 capsules per day for the first week, then I reduced them two 2 (per product) because I felt that I was experiencing other effects of high testosterone (impatience and a felt a little more aggressive). Overall I really enjoyed these two products and I highly recommend them. One more thing to note here is the excellent support from the team (in my case Ryan). He really took the time to answer all my questions about the products beforehand, thanks again :)