Safed Musli, or Chlorophytum borivilianum as it is scientifically called, is a herb that is often used in traditional medicine throughout India. It is often used as an aphrodisiac but could also help treat arthritis, diabetes, and low testosterone.

Because of this, Safed Musli is often used in testosterone boosting supplements and libido enhancers. In this article we are going to look at the science and determine whether Safed Musli is an effective ingredient or not.

There have been quite a few studies performed on Safed Musli, but they are almost always performed on rats rather than on humans. This does not mean that the studies are without merit, but just because something works on a rat or in a lab, it does not mean that it will necessarily affect a human in the same way. So keep this in mind.

Safed Musli & Testosterone

According to supplementsinreview.com [1] Safed Musli may increase testosterone levels, or it may imitate testosterone. Either way, studies do seem to indicate that in rats Safed Musli may be effective at producing testosterone-like effects [2].

Safed Musli & Libido

Safed Musli is often sold in India as an erectile aid, but the actual evidence behind it is mixed. Studies on rats have shown that Safed Musli may inhibit Rock-II (a protein that can hinder erections), but it is not very effective.

Increased testosterone can help to increase libido, so if Safed Musli does increase testosterone, then it should also be able to increase libido.

Safed Musli & Growth Hormone

One study did find that Safed Musli increased serum growth hormone levels, but as examine.com points out the study was highly questionable (funded by a Safed Musli supplement company) [3].

Safed Musli & Nitric Oxide

Studies seem to indicate that Safed Musli can increase nitric oxide production. This can really help you when training as nitric oxide increases the size of blood vessels. This means that blood flow is increased and you can therefore train harder, and deliver more nutrients to the muscles. It also means that Safed Musli may help with erections, as it increases blood flow [4].

Safed Musli & Sleep

There has been one study looking at Safed Musli’s relationship with sleep, it was the same study that we mentioned earlier (growth hormone). People who took a mixture of Safed Musli and Velvet bean found that they had better self-reported sleep [3].

Dosage

According to examine.com a dosage of around 32mg/kg seems to be about right, this works out as around 1.1-2.2mg for an average person [5].

Final Thoughts Safed Musli definitely seems to have some useful effects, but until further research has been completed it is difficult to definitively say that it works. This ingredient has a lot of potential, and its effects on nitric oxide are very interesting.

Once we get a few more studies that are performed on human participants we can begin to get a clearer idea of whether Safed Musli is an effective supplement ingredient or not. But at the moment it is certainly one to look out for.

References

[1] http://supplementsinreview.com/testosterone/safed-musli-testosterone/

[2] Thakur, M., Chauhan, N., Bhargava, S., Dixit, V. 2009. A comparative study on aphrodisiac activity of some ayurvedic herbs in male albino rats. Archives of Sexual Behaviour 38(6): 1009-15 (link) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19139984

[3] Alleman, R., Canale, R., McCarthy, C., Bloomer, R. 2011. A blend of Chlorophytum borivilianum and velvet bean increases serum growth hormone in exercise-trained men. Nutrition & Metabolic Insights 2(4): 55-63 (link) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23946662

[4] Thakur, M., Thompson, D., Connellan, P., Deseo, M., Morris, C., Dixit, V. 2011. Improvement of penile erection, sperm count and seminal fructose levels in vivo and nitric oxide release in vitro by ayurvedic herbs. Andrologia 43(4): 273-7 (link) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21486409

[5] https://examine.com/supplements/chlorophytum-borivilianum/#ref15

 

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