Cistanche (Cistanche tubulosa) is often referred as the “Desert Ginseng” due to its very strong vital energy growing under harsh desert conditions. Puredia Cistanche is organic, non-GMO verified and harvested before blossom, in order to retain the whole active ingredient profile. The main active constituents in this plant are Echinacoside and Acteoside, which have the following health benefits.
Enhances learning and memory by inducing nerve growth factor (NGF): study reported that Cistanche can promote the neurite outgrowth, protect neurons, support synapse formation and enhance learning and memory functions. It is also used as an alternative treatment for vascular dementia in 131 patients as compared to Hydergine which showed a compatible result. 1
Increases male sex hormone and performance: study concluded that the intake of Cistanche triggered the release of testicular steroidogenic enzymes, leading to an increase in sex hormone levels in rats. 2
Promotes hair growth: a study showed that after 8 weeks of taking Cistanche, results showed benefits for scalp inflammation, treating dandruff and promoting the health of the scalp and hair.
Liver protection: Cistanche is found to suppress lipid peroxidation in rat liver and show pronounced anti-hepatotoxic activity 4
1. Choi, J.G., et al., Cistanches Herba enhances learning and memory by inducing nerve growth factor. Behav Brain Res, 2011. 216(2): p. 652-8.
2. Chen, J., et al., Glycosides of cistanche improve learning and memory in the rat model of vascular dementia. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci, 2015. 19(7): p. 1234-40.
3. Wang, T., et al., Cistanche tubulosa ethanol extract mediates rat sex hormone levels by induction of testicular steroidgenic enzymes. Pharm Biol, 2016. 54(3): p. 481-7.
4. Seok, J., et al., Efficacy of Cistanche Tubulosa and Laminaria Japonica Extracts (MK-R7) Supplement in Preventing Patterned Hair Loss and Promoting Scalp Health. Clin Nutr Res, 2015. 4(2): p. 124-31.
5. Xiong, Q., et al., Hepatoprotective activity of phenylethanoids from Cistanche deserticola. Planta Med, 1998. 64(2): p. 120-5.