Stinging Nettle Root
Wild-Harvested Urtica dioica Extract
Clinical Grade 50:1 Concentrated Extract
Nettle Root is the root of the common Stinging Nettle plant, Urtica dioica. Usage of Stinging Nettle as a medicinal plant dates back to the origins of Western herbalism, where all parts of the plant have been used for their medicinal properties (leaf, seed, and root). Nettle leaf is deeply nutritive and can be eaten or taken as a tea, while Nettle seed can aid kidney health. For those targeting prostate health and testosterone levels, it is Nettle Root that is most interesting and valuable.
The majority of research into the health benefits of Nettle Root focus on prostate health and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In a 2005 study on Nettle Root and the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, participants receiving Nettle Root Extract in this six-month study (double-blind, placebo-controlled, and randomized) showed significant improvement in their BPH symptoms.
While the exact method of action is unclear, researchers hypothesize:
It seems likely that sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), aromatase, epidermal growth factor and prostate steroid membrane receptors are involved in the anti-prostatic effect, but less likely that 5alpha-reductase or androgen receptors are involved.
To ensure high levels of the important compounds present in Nettle Root, we are pleased to offer this potent 50:1 (50 times) concentrated Nettle Root Extract.
From the Package
To actualize the full potential of Nettle Root as a top male herbal ally—and to concentrate the important compounds present within it—we have taken choice Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) Root and have extracted it to a 50:1 concentration. The result is our Våren Forest Stinging Nettle Root Extract—pure, potent, and elevated.
- 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).*
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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.
Nettle Root is one of the essential herbs for middle-aged men and women. It is significant for men with waning levels of free testosterone and it is significant for women with increased levels of harmful estrogen metabolites.*
Nettle Root is the root (also known as the rhizome) of the common Stinging Nettle plant (Urtica dioica). Studies have shown Nettle Root to aid in the functions of the endocrine system related to reproductive health.*
Nettle Root is fantastic when used as a standalone herb. Yet it is also as effective when used side-by-side with other herbs, nutritional supplements.
Additionally, Nettle Root is a must for anyone with symptoms of estrogen toxicity.*
Why Consume Concentrated Extracts of Nettle Root?
Beta-Sitosterol (β-Sitosterol) is the much sought-after active compound found in Nettle Root. It is β-Sitosterol that provides many possible 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 be of significance.
This is why having high quality, potent, concentrated or standardized extracts of Nettle Root. This guarantees you receive significant levels of β-Sitosterol that your body needs.
Why Is Beta-Sitosterol Important?
Clinical research on Beta-Sitosterol has shown it to have a high effectiveness in reducing symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). These beneficial effects have been shown in the research to include:
- Improved urine output
- Decreased residual urine in the bladder
- A 3.5 fold improvement on the International Prostate Symptom Score (1).*
Further research has also shown that Nettle Root may hold great promise fighting against several types of prostate cancer. It is also found to aid in decreasing overall cancer cell growth, and may promote induced apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells.*
Common Uses and Possible Benefits of Nettle Leaf and Nettle Root
- Treatment of alopecia/hair loss;
- Enhanced sexual activity in men and women;
- Aids in fighting against heart disease and high cholesterol;
- Boosting the immune system;
- May help prevent several types of cancer, including prostate and colon cancer;
- May help prevent the formation of gallstones;
- Support for the symptoms of menopause;
- Support for common cold and flu (influenza), HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, psoriasis, allergies, cervical cancer, fibromyalgia, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), asthma, bronchitis, migraine headaches, and chronic fatigue.*
Nettle Root For Men
On average, only 2% of total serum testosterone is free. Only free testosterone is active and can be used by the body. The other 98% of testosterone is “bound” testosterone and is no longer active and usable as free testosterone.
The glycoprotein Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) binds and latches on to free testosterone rendering it completely useless in the body.
Men found with lower free testosterone were found to have issues with infertility, decreased sex drive and erectile dysfunction.
Lee Myer, a popular men’s health author once stated:
"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."
Nettle Root, and to be specific, Beta-Sitosterol, works to unbind testosterone from SHBG which then results in more free testosterone circulating in the body.
Nettle Root, DHT, And Hair Loss
DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is the “active” form of testosterone and is over 15 to 30 times more potent. It does not convert to harmful estrogenic metabolites like testosterone does.
DHT also has many positive uses for men’s health. During puberty, it helps develop secondary-sex characteristics in the male body.
However too much DHT also has its downsides.
For one, DHT has been linked to male pattern baldness. Studies have found increased levels of DHT on hair follicles that no longer grow hair.
Beta-Sitosterol in Nettle Root may help regulate the levels of DHT levels in the body, which in turn can help fight against hair loss.
Nettle Root And Prostate Health
DHT has also been linked to cell growth in the prostate, which can lead to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
Since Beta-Sitosterol regulates the production of DHT, Nettle Root may also help fight against the growth of prostate cells.
Nettle Root has been shown in research to induce apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells and tumors. Reduced cell growth minimizes the symptoms of BHP, such as reduced urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate. That is because 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.
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. Nettle Root has been shown to decrease the symptoms of enlarged prostate.*
Nettle Root for Women’s Health
For women, Beta-Sitosterol works similarly by blocking SHBG. This increases the level of free estrogen circulating in the body.
Estrogen is an essential for women’s bodies, especially in the development of secondary sex characteristics during puberty. This hormone also helps regulate the menstrual cycle. Estrogen also works with progesterone, another hormone, to stop ovulation during pregnancy.
Women with high levels of SHBG have less available testosterone, which is not entirely positive for women. Testosterone plays a role in maintaining energy levels, muscle development, bone health and sex drive for women.
Beta-Sitosterol blocks aromatization from occurring in the body. Aromatization is when the enzyme aromatase converts testosterone and estrogen, which are benign, into estrogen metabolites. These estrogen metabolites are responsible for several issues that include cervical cancer and breast cancer.
Medicinal Compounds in the Stinging Nettle Plant
Beta-Sitosterol is the most significant compound in Nettle Root, however, there are many other compounds found all throughout the entire plant that contain beneficial effects.
Some of the compounds found in Nettle include:
- 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);
- 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.
Historical Use of Nettle Root
In traditional Austrian medicine, Nettle is used internally (as tea or fresh leaves) to treat disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, locomotor system, skin, cardiovascular system, hemorrhage, influenza, rheumatism, and gout.
In Old English lore, nettle is one of the nine plants invoked in the pagan Anglo-Saxon Nine Herbs Charm, recorded in the 10th century. Nettle was believed to be a galactagogue, a substance that promotes lactation.
Urtication, or flogging with nettles, is the process of deliberately applying stinging nettles to the skin in order to provoke inflammation. This is done as a folk remedy for the treatment of rheumatism.
Because of its potential positive effects upon the prostate and to elevate levels of free testosterone, Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) Root is an important supplement for men.* These same possible endocrine system regulating properties in Nettle Root make it equally important for women seeking support from Nettle Root and ß-Sitosterol.*
Additionally, for those using a natural or synthetic supplement or other compounds to increase androgen (including testosterone) levels, Nettle Root may prove to be a valuable supplement for protecting the body from increased aromatase and harmful levels of DHT and estradiol (possibly benefiting the prostate, as mentioned above).
Stinging Nettle Root Extract: Suggested Dosage
The suggested dosage of our Nettle Root Extract is 2 grams which equivalent to 1/2 teaspoon. There are approximately 32.5 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 the late afternoon or the early evening.
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.
We provide this product and the content here for informational purposes only, and the information contained is not presented to be diagnostic, therapeutic, conclusive, or exhaustive. While we do our best to present only researched and validated information, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the content contained here or elsewhere on the site.
Allergies, Safety, Contraindications and Drug Interactions
Pregnancy and Lactation
Not enough information is known about the safety of use while pregnant or breastfeeding (2). It might stimulate uterine contractions and cause miscarriage.
There is some evidence that above-ground parts of Stinging Nettle can decrease blood sugar levels. It might increase the chance of low blood sugar in people being treated for diabetes.
Monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use stinging nettle.
Low Blood Pressure
There is some evidence that above-ground parts of Stinging Nettle might lower blood pressure.
Stinging nettle might increase the risk of blood pressure dropping too low in people prone to low blood pressure. Discuss stinging nettle with your healthcare provider before starting it.
Stinging Nettle may also strengthen the effects of drugs like ACE Inhibitors, Beta-blockers, and Calcium Channel Blockers.
Diuretics and Kidney Problems
Stinging Nettle acts as a diuretic and increases urine flow. If you have kidney problems, discuss stinging nettle with your healthcare provider before starting it.
It may also strengthen the effects of Furosemide (Lasix) and Hydrochlorothiazide. It may also reduce the body’s ability to flush out Lithium.
Beta-sitosterol is contraindicated in people who have sitosterolemia, a rare inherited fat storage disease. Do not use Beta-Sitosterol if you have sitosterolemia.
Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant drugs (Blood Thinners)
Stinging Nettle may affect the blood’s ability to clot. This could interfere with blood-thinning drugs like Warfarin, Clopidogrel (Plavix) and Asprin.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
A scientific study showed Stewed Stinging Nettle leaves strengthen the effects of NSAIDS for those with acute arthritis.
For Informational Purposes Only
* 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.
I've been taking it about a week - I feel like it's having a positive effect, but as with any supplement, it's hard to say for certain, until I do my next blood test. I am convinced of its purity though, by virtue of its taste and consistency. I like it.
Reduces the number of trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
I've had lot's of experience with nettle root. This product of 50 to one concentration is the most I've seen anywhere. And, for economy, it beats out 99+ % of all the other nettle products out there. If you do the math, you'll see how much nettle root actually goes into making this concentrate. Considering that plain , dried nettle root is now going for about $20/lb. right now , and that, in my experience , it takes about 2oz. of the plain root (brewed as a tea ) each day for a decent effect; that's about $2.50 per day. You can get that with about a Gram of the 50/1 Raw Forest extract, costing about 50 cents ( aprox. ). Also, the encapsulated products are no better economically. So that's the math, roughly, and then there's the convenience of having a non- encapsulated powder, ready to mix into warm water. It tastes great. And, after using this for just a couple of weeks, I've noticed a difference, urologically speaking. ( pissing better) . I can predict my eventual weaning off of Flowmax medicine after using this for a while longer. I' m thankful for Raw Forest's nettle root extract !
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
You won't regret it
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.
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.
Great combination that fortify so the system quickly
Several people have commented on being able to feel the effects .
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.