Nettle is also commonly known as 'Stinging Nettle' because of the stinging hairs found on the leaves of many species in this family. The species used in herbal medicine and supplements is botanically known as Urtica dioica. Nettle has been used for many different therapeutic purposes historically while research continues to uncover new benefits and applications.
Health Benefits of Nettle
Nettle leaf extracts are often used to suppress hay fever-type symptoms in those sensitive to airborne allergens.
Nettle root extracts have shown efficacy as a treatment for some symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). A recently identified-compound in nettle root, 3,4-divanillyltetrahydrofuran, is now used in some testosterone support products since it can increase free testosterone by occupying binding sites on a protein (SHBG) that ordinarily binds to free testosterone, rendering it biologically inactive.
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