The Morinda Root extract is derived from the root of the Morinda officinalis How plant of the Rubiaceae family, likewise known for its common name as Ba ji tian. The plant is regarded as one of the top four south herbs in China and is normally found in a subtropical rain forest. It has long been used in Chinese medicine since ancient times for improving kidney function, treating various urination problems, and more. It is also known for its antidepressant property which can be attributed to the five compounds found in its roots.
Morinda root extract Benefits
There are several benefits that one can obtain by taking a supplement with a Morinda Root extract. The extract has long been used in ancient China for improving sexual capacity in both males and females. One study involving 35 men suffering from erectile dysfunction and 30 women suffering from sex frigidity has shown that over 90% of the patients who have taken 250-300mg of Morinda root extract noticed a significant improvement in their sexual capacity over the course of 3 months. It has been found out that the extract contains Bajijiasu, an active ingredient of the Morinda root extract which increases the levels of testosterone and estrogen concentrations while reducing cortisol levels and improving sperm quality on males. It basically modulates hormone levels without necessarily inducing lesions in the reproductive organs and damaging human sperm DNA from H202 damage.
Another study conducted by the Division of Psychopharmacology in the Beijing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology has shown that the Morinda root extract is also an effective antidepressant. By performing forced swimming test on rats, the extract was able to significantly reduce their response rate and efficiency ratio, while increasing reinforcement rate at the same time. The test subjects were also found out to exhibit a significant reduction on how long their immobility would last. The extract's antidepressant property is attributed to the five compounds in the roots of the Morinda officinalis plant which contain antidepressant properties. These five antidepressant compounds were identified as 1F-fructofuranosylnystose, succinic acid, inulin-type hexasaccharide, nystose, and heptasaccharide. These antidepressant compounds were associated with increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical which is normally found in the brain, thus allowing the Morinda root extract to act as an antidepressant.
Morinda root extract dosage
The recommended dosage of Morinda root extract will depend on several factors like the user's age, health, and various other conditions. It can be taken orally as a decoction which consists of 10 to 15 grams of the extract and three to four cups of boiling water. You can split the decoction into two doses but you can take it all at once. However before doing so, you should first consult your health practitioner first regarding your current condition.
Morinda root extract side effects
Despite the Morinda root extract being effective for improving kidney function and several other benefits, there are some side effects associated with taking the extract. It could cause dysuria (painful urination) considering that it is used for stimulating the kidney. It could also affect your blood's sugar levels and might even affect blood sugar control during and after a surgical treatment.
The Morinda root extract is not applicable for use by all people and there are certain precautions which you should consider before taking the extract. Those who are currently pregnant should avoid taking the extract as it has a history of inducing unwanted abortion. It is also best to avoid taking the extract when breast-feeding. Although not much is known regarding the safety of taking the extract while breast-feeding, it is best to stay on the safe side. Also, individuals who have yin deficiency are not advised to take the extract. It is always best to seek advice from your health practitioner before even considering taking the extract.
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