Common herbs in bodybuilding supplements


Over the years, many bodybuilders have turned to herbs and botanicals as a natural way of boosting testosterone, shedding fat and speeding up their recovery time. Plants are a fantastic alternative to something more harmful to the body such as illegal steroids, which can have some pretty undesirable side effects.

Here is a look at some of my favorite herbs and botanicals for those looking for benefits similar to steroids:


The building blocks of muscles are amino acids and amino acids are found in proteins. You can get proteins from animals, such as in dairy and meat, but you can also get protein from plants. Once such plant protein is 20-Hydroxyecdysterone, which has been shown to increase the contractile force of muscles, increase nitrogen retention, muscle ATP content and protein synthesis, which is how much protein your body can utilize at a time. It has a huge anabolic effect similar to testosterone.

If you want to find 20-Hydroxyecdysterone in supplement form, along with branched chain amino acids and a special whey protein complex, I would recommend checking out my buddy’s bodybuilding supplement review site on DBAL Max at

Horny Goat Weed

This herb is often consumed as a tea and is recommended for men and women trying to boost testosterone levels. Testosterone is the hormone responsible for helping the body to build muscle, so boosting it’s levels is often the goal of bodybuilders. Horny Goat Weed also boosts libido, which is a side effect of low testosterone.

A few facts about testosterone

You may be wondering just why testosterone is so important to bodybuilders. Testosterone can increase sex drive and also decrease body fat, especially in the stomach, reported Researcher Adrian Dobs from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It is also associated with the ability to build muscle and keep it on. Too much testosterone, however, can cause the testicles to shrink, which is a common side effect in illegal steroids.

Read more: Three Herbs to Naturally Boost Your Testosterone Levels

Popular botanicals in cosmetics


Did you know that botanicals are widely used in common cosmetic products that we use every day? Much of what gives these products their boost is created from natural plants, some of which are growing right in your backyard!

Let’s take a closer look at some of these natural herbs and botanicals and how they enhance the products you use.

Mexican Wild Yam Extract

This clear to yellow liquid is used in many birth control pills, hormone boosters and natural breast enlargement creams. Research has pointed to the fact that Mexican Wild Yam might also be a precursor to DHEA, though studies have since proven that to be false.

The herb is a natural progesterone booster, which is detailed more in depth on the site Natural Breast Enlargement Cream, which features an id-depth review of Naturaful at, a cream containing Mexican Wild Yam Extract.

Blessed Thistle

Also referred to as Holy Thistle, Blessed Thistle is and herb found in the US. It is often used to increase organ health, as it delivers more oxygen to vital organs like the heart. It is often used by women to balance hormones, especially during menopause. It’s been used since the Middle Ages in Europe and the parts that are used at the dried leaves and stems, which are put into supplements as well as creams.

Dong Quai

Indigenous to China, Dong Quai is often referred to as the female ginseng. Used in many popular supplements and creams, this herb is used to balance hormones, decrease inflammation and is an anti-sposmatic. It has used successfully to treat menstrual pain and cramping as well as general muscular pain.




Unusual uses for common herbs and flowers

Do you think that herbs and flowers are only used for decoration or cooking? That’s a common misconception. Herbs and flowers have many unusual uses that go beyond their aesthetic or culinary value.

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Fight the flu with flowers

For instance, many herbs and flowers are used to make infused oils for aroma therapy. These oils can be applied directly to the skin or ingested, just be sure to get a high quality tincture that is pure and preferably organic. Plants like passionflower and lavender can aid with sleep and echinacea and oil of oregano can strengthen the immune system. Try some the next time you feel yourself coming down with a cold or flu. Oregano is also a fantastic anti-fungal.

You can also enjoy the benefits of these oils through an infuser. This causes the oil to vaporize and be released into the air. Pine, for instance, is a wonderful room purifier and studies have shown that it can lower cortisol, the hormone that’s elevated when we’re in a stressed state.

Athletic enhancement

Did you know that herbs can also aid in muscle growth? More natural bodybuilders have been reaping the benefits of herbal supplements for a long time as an alternative to steroids. But you can also try herbs like rhodiola and ashwagandha, which are adaptogenic herbs. These also help to buffer the effects of elevated cortisol and relax the body when it’s in a stressed state, such as weightlifting. They also make the body more resilient to stress. One amateur bodybuilder wrote more on this at  and the effects of these natural ingredients on muscle growth.

So the next time you’re fighting off a bug or looking to enhance your workout, add some herbs and flowers to your routine.