Basella Alba Review
In 1999, a research team from the Laboratory of Nutrition and Biochemical Toxicology, from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Yaoundé (Cameroon) published some of their trial results in the May issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Over the course of a 15-day trial, several male albino rats were given hibiscus macranthus via ‘gastric intubation’ and basella alba extract from both fresh and dry leaves (the control group for this experiment was administered water instead.) Fresh leaf extract was shown subsequently to increase the body weight of the rats by 17%, compared with 4% for a dry leaf extract. At the 15-day mark, the weight of seminal vesicles was also noted to increase – analysis on cell structure later confirmed that this was due to an increase in spermatazoa from the 7th day of testing onward, with the testosterone level rising by 80% on the 15th day in rats given either of the fresh or dry extracts. As such, the researchers felt justified in concluding that anabolic and virility-enhancing effects could be taken from extracts of these plants’ leaves.
However, there is a postscript to all this: last year a basella alba-exclusive study was finally conducted, with its results published in the Andrologia journal. According to this study, a methanolic extract of basella alba was useful in treating rats who had been exposed to the anti-androgenic substance flutamide in their developmental stages. Over a period of 1-2 months, the rats given this extract saw their testosterone levels approximately doubled.
Though it regularly crops up as a topic of discussion on bulletin boards given over to physical training, it is a challenge to find any supplements now containing basella alba as a main bioactive ingredient. After some digging, though, it is possible to find some supplements that at least contain basella alba in any amount. The Driven Sports company offers a supplement (formerly known as Designer Supplements) called Activate Xtreme, which comes in a 120-capsule supply and lists Divanil as the spearhead ingredient that enhances free testosterone by binding to SHBG [sex hormone-binding globulin] – this compound features some of the ‘usual suspects’ in testosterone enhancement, such as extract of urtica dioica and epimedium extract. The inclusion of basella alba, though apparently subordinate to Divanil, is still boasted as being a “first for the industry.” This is available from a number of mail-order vendors, though special requests made to your local health and nutrition supermarket may be necessary in order to obtain it.