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Testofen: fenugreek extract that boosts men's libido
In a couple of years fenugreek – Latin name: Trigonella foenum-graecum – may be a mainstream supplement like ginseng or ginkgo. You may have read the newspaper reports that fenugreek boosts men's sexual appetite. [dailymail.co.uk 19th June 2011] We found the study that all the reports are based on, so can now reveal what's in it. And what not.
The research that the Daily Mail based its article was published soon in Phytotherapy Research, and was done by researchers at the Australian company ASN Research. [www.asnresearch.com.au] The study does not say who commissioned the research, but one name is prominent: Gencor Pacific. Gencor is a company that sells raw materials for supplements for Indus Biotech. Indus Biotech is a big producer of fenugreek extracts – and supplied this for the Testofen that ASN Research tested.
The researchers gave 60 healthy men aged between 25 and 52, and with a normal sex life, a daily supplement or a placebo, for a period of six weeks. Before the test started and again after three and six weeks, the men had to say how often they thought of or fantasised about sex, how often they were sexually aroused, how often they had sex and how often they had an orgasm. The researchers used the DISF-SR questionnaire.
The researchers do no mention what happened to the level of free testosterone. It's strange that the researchers didn't measure this. A popular theory suggests that fenugreek boosts the concentration of free testosterone.