Nettle Root May Help Multiply the Effectiveness of Your Androgens*
If you’re looking to optimize your hormones, it’s not just about increasing testosterone. In fact, you can have high testosterone and NOT see the benefits of it.
That’s why I say that nettle root (latin name Urtica dioica) can multiply our hormones effectiveness. Its not that it makes them stronger, instead it helps stop them from becoming useless, or even worse than that.
How is this? There are a few things that can occur in the body…
Nettle Root is a Natural Aromatase Inhibitor*
Aromatization is the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. This not only means you won’t get the benefits of the testosterone, but it can actually be turned into something that works against you.
While both men and women need estrogen (in different amounts) too much is typically a bad thing, contributing to estrogen dominance, especially of the worst kinds of estrogen like estradiol.
Some of the compounds that may contribute to this aromatase inhibiting effect are: 
- Oleanolic acid
- Ursolic acid
- (9Z,11E)-13-hydroxy-9,11-octadecadienoic acid
- (10E, 12Z)-9-hydroxy-10,12-octadecadienoic acid
Nettle Root Binds to Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)*
The second problem is that testosterone and its metabolite, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can be bound to substances like Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) or albumin. This renders the testosterone unusable by your body as its trapped into a non-viable form.
Some of this effect found in nettle root appears to be from the lignans available, including the following five compounds.[2,3,4]
- Dehydrodiconiferyl alcohol
- 3,4-divanillyltetrahydrofuran (found to be the most powerful one)
Several studies in both humans and animals have shown these effects.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) has received a bad name for its effects in prostate issues and male pattern baldness. But DHT is an important hormone for a healthy functioning man, though, as with anything it, it can become unbalanced.
Nettle root extracts have been shown to be weak 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.* That’s the enzyme that converts regular testosterone into DHT.
Great for Prostate Health*
More researched than any other effect is what nettle root can do for healthy prostate function. [6,7,8,9,10,11]*
Beyond the aforementioned SHBG,and aromatization effects, nettle root likely has several other mechanisms of action that may change how hormones like testosterone, DHT, estrogen and others bind to or effect prostatic cells, leading to:
- Healthy Urination*
- Healthy Prostate Size*
In short, nettle root is very helpful for men in maintaining their prostate health.*
Other Benefits of Nettle Root
The stinging nettle is quite the medicinal plant. All parts of it can be used for different conditions. For the hormonal aspect, the root is the part you need.
Polysaccharides in nettle root have some anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.* It has also been shown to have some positive cardiovascular effects.*
Here are just a few of the other components you’ll get from nettle root.
- Formic Acid
- Palmitic acid