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Lucas Aoun - CEO/Founder of Ergogenic Health, Australia's Leading Men's Health Expert on the Mark Bell 's Power podcast

What is Cistanche?

Cistanche is a traditional Chinese herb that has been used as an adaptogen.

Adaptogens are herbs that help the body deal with external stressors such as toxins, physical and emotional stress, and harmful microorganisms like bacteria and viruses.

Below we’ll review the top research-backed health benefits of cistanche.


  •  Supports Sexual Wellness

Testosterone, for example, might not be produced in sufficient amounts. That in turn, will have a significant effect on sex drive, considering that the hormone holds the greatest influence when it comes to libido.

Aside from helping ensure that there’s no problem in the supply of male hormones, the herb’s circulation-improving effect makes it great against erectile dysfunction. Keep in mind that the quality of erection greatly depends on the amount of blood that gets sent to the penis.

The sexual perks of taking Cistanche don’t stop there – though more studies are needed, there’s good proof that the plant can improve sperm count and sperm motility. In a way, that’s to be expected since there’s a link between sperm quality and the amount of testosterone in the blood.


  • May Support Healthy Aging

New research shows that cistanche may be able to help with healthy aging by increasing HGH production.

A recent study found that various phytochemicals within C. tubulosa work to stimulate human growth hormone (HGH). The researchers noted that this is thought to be a result of ghrelin receptor activation.

This is an important finding as HGH levels are known to decrease over time. Stimulating HGH production can help to slow aging as it works to increase cell regeneration.


May Support Immune Health

Research shows that cistanche benefits immune health.

Cistanche is rich in a phytochemical known as Echinacoside, which is famously found in echinacea. This constituent is known to support the immune system.

A test-tube study showed that an extract of Cistanche salsa, one of the common varieties of this plant, worked to increase antibody production in human lymph node lymphocytes. Antibodies are a key part of the adaptive immune system that works to fight off pathogens.

In an animal study, daily intake of a cistanche decoction increased native T and natural killer cells in the blood and spleen, decreased pro-inflammatory IL-6, and increased overall longevity.


  • May Improve Brain Function

Research shows that cistanche may help to improve brain function and memory retention.

There are three aspects of memory that you can impact when it comes to improving brain function:

  • The capacity to learn, especially as it applies to long-term memory storage.

  • The capacity to remember facts and knowledge, often known as consolidation.

  • The ability to recall information stored in long-term memory.

Test tube studies have confirmed that C. tubulosa extract significantly improves these aspects of brain function by preventing the loss of neurons.

Various other animal and cell culture studies have shown the brain-boosting benefits of various species of cistanche.

A specialized extract form of cistanche (called Memoregain®) was studied for its ability to treat mild Alzheimers. The study noted that individuals with Alzheimer’s showed no obvious aggravation of cognitive function, independent living ability, and overall conditions but were stable throughout the study.

Comparison with other long-term medications with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors suggests that Memoregain® has the potential to be a possible treatment option for mild to moderate Alzheimers.

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