Muira Puama Review:
Amazonian Potency Vine
I was very excited about writing a muira puama review when I first the chance. I had read extremely positive reviews elsewhere and couldn't wait for this thing to tear the lid off the roof of my sexual appetite and performace.
Muira Puama of Funky Amazonian Pharmacology
Of all the testosterone boosting supplements I'm reviewing in this section, this one has the strangest pharmacology. While not completely mapped out, research indicates that this compound impacts the serotonin system in the brain-- the same set of neurotransmitters acted on by hallucinogens like LSD and ecstasy (1).
Muira Puama is prescribed in Brazilian traditional medicine for a whole variety of conditions. This ethanolic extract from the vine Ptychopetalum olacoides is prescribed for a huge variety of psychological and medical ailments, one of which is impotence. Unlike other testosterone-enhancing supplements, the active components of the extract have not been well-characterized chemically.
Muira Puama Review: The Experiment
Like all supplements in this review series, I ordered muira puama from amazon.com and took two pills per day wednesday through saturday. Like all other supplements in this series, I noticed nothing special in terms of my body physiology. As far as my experience goes, the supplements in this series did no harm TO ME in the short term. I wouldn't take anything EXCEPT ginseng or maca over the long term (it has well-established long term medical data, while others just have "history of use").
Muira Puama Review: The Results
I experienced some alteration in sleep rhythms during the several days I was on this supplement. It seemed like I was dreaming more than usual.
Sadly, I did not notice any improvements in my sex life from this supplement. Given the encouraging (but not conclusive) studies (2) and prominent placement in the British and Brazilian herbal formularies, I suspect this supplement will work for people over a longer period of intake. The extract has strong antioxidant properties and is often prescribed for neurological problems (3). While I don't recommend long term supplementation, this one may be worth looking at if you haven't liked some of the others.
So: in a short term situation, muira puama did not create the mind-blowing sex enhancement I was looking for. I suspect supplement potency is an issue here, but I have yet to explore taking more.
My efforts to write a muira puama review come from a larger commitment to experience-based reviews of phytoandrogens compiled here.
1. da Silva, AL, Ferreira, JG, da Silva Martins, B, et al. "Serotonin receptors contribute to promnesic effects of P olacoides (Marapuama)." Physiol Behav. 95 (2006) 88-92.
2. Waynberg, J. "Yohimbine vs muira puama in the treatment of sexual dysfunction." Am J Nat Med. 1 (1994) 8-9.
3. Siqueria, IR, Fochesatto, C, Torres, IL, et al. "Antioxidant properties of Ptychopetalum olacoides ("muirapuama") in mice brain." Phytomedicine. 14 (2007) 763-9.
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