Butea Superba: The Breakdown & The Benefits
Butea superba (Red kwao krua)
• Butea superba (Red kwao krua) is an native herb of Thailand, found in the forests. Butea superba belongs to the herbs Family Leguminosae.
• Constituents of Butea superba include flavonoids such as butenin and butin, and sterols including beta-sitosterol and campesterol. Butea superba also contains medicarpin, and the isoflavonoids formononetin, prunetin, and 7,4-dimethoxyisoflavone.
• These constituents of Butea superba are found to have similar activity to gonadotropic releasing hormone (GnRH) and testosterone.
• Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is released from hypothalamus gland to the pituitary gland. GnRH hormone, in turn, causes the pituitary gland to produce gonadotropins, released into the bloodstream where it travels to the male testes and triggers the production of testosterone.
• Thus Butea superba is called “phytoandrogen” which means male hormone derived from plant.
• High Flavonoid and flavonoid glycoside which is found in Butea superba are antioxidants which antioxidants are known to protect against cancers and beneficial for blood vessel functions. It triggered the release of active substances that vasodilate (expand blood vessels), or increase blood flow in the artery.
• Scientists found that these two compounds, flavonoid and flavonoid glycoside from Butea superba show higher inhibitory effects on cAMP phosphodiesterase, which this enzyme is directly related to corpus cavernosal vasodilation.
• Corpus cavernosa is the major tissue of penis, responsible for the rigidity of the erect penis. To inhibit cAMP phosphodiesterase enzyme will help promote vasodilation (blood flow) at the penis area.
• This cAMP phosphodiesterase inhibitory effects is similar to the mechanism of PDE 5 inhibitors.
• A phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor (PDE5 inhibitor) is a drug used to block the degradative action of cGMP-specific phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) on cyclic GMP in the smooth muscle cells lining the blood vessels supplying the corpus cavernosum of the penis. These drugs are used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). Example in the market is sildenafil (Viagra).
• Butea superba has been tested in trials with male subjects with erectile dysfunction and the results are clinically proved.
• As we all know, the Key factors to treat Erectile dysfunction (ED) are to increase testosterone hormone and increase blood circulation to the penis area. Butea superba has been proved to show these two benefits with great effects while the herb is very safe to use, even in men with diabetes, with mild to moderate heart diseases and mild to moderate hypertension.
The main Butea Superba benefits are:
- Controls Erectile Dysfunction: Treatment of erectile dysfunction safely, instead of PDE 5 inhibitor drugs which consumers have to use with high caution as the side effects are fatal.
- Sexual Enhancement: Improved sexual performance and stamina. Increases erection size and strength and allows men with Erectile Dysfunction to perform naturally and at their full potential.
- A Natural Testosterone Supplement: Replacment of the loss of natural testosterone in men above 40, which aids in restoring men’s youthful appearance and sexual vigor.
Other benefits of Butea superba:
- Higher sperm concentration: In clinical trails tested on animals, Butea superba has been shown to increase sperm count and testicular size when taken for 8 weeks.
- Alzheimer’s disease: Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a lower level of neurotransmitter, called acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor has been used a main treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. A vitro study at Naresuan University, Thailand found that the extract of Butea superba roots showed the inhibitory activity on acetylcholinesterase enzyme lower by 50-65%.
- Hair restoration: Proven to prevent hair loss and grey hair in Men.
- Cancer fighting: Protection against cancers due to its high antioxidant effects.