What is Cnidium monnieri?
Cnidium monnieri, also known as Monnier's Snow Parsley, is a flowering plant whose fruits are traditionally used in Chinese medicine. However the seeds also contain the active compounds and are often used in supplements as well.
Where Does Cnidium monnieri Come From?
Cnidium monnieri is found throughout Europe and Asia. It tends to grow on the edge of streams and lakes, as well as around the borders of fields.
Cnidium monnieri Health Benefits
Cnidiium monnieri is traditionally used as an aphrodisiac. It works in a manner similar to viagra, both directly on the muscles of the penis and within the brain to activate the approriate pathways.
It is traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory/anti-allergen, and there are studies supporting this use. It is also used topically to reduce itching.
Cnidium monnieri Benefits for Bodybuilding
Cnidium monnieri has interactions with glucose metabolism, giving it many properties that make it a potential bodybuilding supplement. It increases the uptake of glucose from the blood into cells. In muscle cells, this would mean more energy for a longer and better workout. The same mechanism contributes to a faster burning of energy by the body, meaning it is a potential weight loss agent. In addition, Cnidium monnieri may increase testosterone and reduce estrogen, a combination that makes for an anabolic environment in the body. As well as all this, it may boost nitric oxide, furthering pump and allowing longer workouts. With further research Cnidium monnieri may be a fantastic all round bodybuilding supplement, although at the moment the available studies are preliminary.
Cnidium monnieri Side Effects, Safety and Negatives
Although there are no noted side effects as yet, the active compound does build up in the body and takes a long time to clear, so this is something to be aware of when taking this supplement.
Cnidium monnieri Recommended Dose and Ingredient Timing
There has been a minimal number of human studies performed on this ingredient; however traditional Chinese medicine uses 6-15g of the fruit or seeds.
Cnidium monnieri Supplements
Cnidium monnieri can be bought in capsules of the whole seeds or an extract. It is also found in some nitric oxide boosters, including Betancourt Nutrition Bullnox Androrush.
Stacking Cnidium monnieri
Cnidium monnieri would be a good addition to any bodybuilding stack due to its wide range of effects. It may be optimally stacked with a pre-workout to provide additional energy to the muscles and as a nitric oxide booster; it may also help burn more fat during your workout.
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