7 Interesting Benefits of Butea Superba

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

The most interesting health benefits of Butea superba include its ability to reduce fatigue, lower cholesterol, increase libido, stimulate male fertility, and reduce inflammation. It also helps to improve hair health, help fight certain types of cancer, and boost heart health.

What is Butea Superba?

Butea superba’s effects on sexual libido and male sexual performance have made it very important to a number of cultures throughout history. The deep root of the Butea superba herb is where most of the beneficial nutrients are, which is why the tubers are so sought after. It has largely been kept a secret in that region, but in recent decades, and with the rise of globalization, Butea superba has now become a highly desirable male supplement in other parts of the world.

Studies of the root itself have shown it to be rich in different nutrients and chemicals, including sterol, flavonoids, phytochemicals, and more than 15 other unique acids and components that affect human health in many ways. In other words, although Butea superba is famous for its effects on the male sex drive, more and more potential uses are being discovered all the time. [1]

Butea superba plant with a blurred background

Butea superba is a vining shrub native to Thailand, Vietnam, and India. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Health Benefits of Butea Superba

Let’s take a closer look at some of those important health benefits of Butea superba.

Energy in Men

Most of the attention for Butea superba does come from men and with good reason. The phytoestrogens found in such high supply within the herb mimic male hormones, which gives men a faster recovery duration, increased muscle tone, strength, and energy. While women can benefit from the herb for other health issues, there isn’t much good that male hormone-mimicking substances would do in their body in terms of sexual performance. [2]

Heart Health

There are a number of phytonutrients and flavonoids that directly access cardiovascular function, helping combat heart diseases and cholesterol levels. Although the exact pathways are not completely understood, it is clear that cholesterol is more balanced in individuals who use Butea superba and rebalance their hormonal levels. [3]

Hair Care

A similarly stimulating effect can also be found for men who are suffering from hair loss or thinning. Similar to saw palmetto extracts, Butea superba stimulates certain elements in males that causes hair re-growth and strengthening, a long-awaited solution to an endless problem.

Sexual Health

Sexual performance isn’t only limited to energy and physical fitness; erectile dysfunction affects millions of men, both young and old. Butea superba has shown a remarkable ability, both in modern research and traditional usage, to stimulate sexual libido, encouraging stronger orgasms, increased blood flow, and higher chances of conception. [4]

Improved Bone Mineral Density

Studies have shown a marked increase in bone strength and bone mineral density with consumption of Butea Superba, perhaps due to its influence on nutrient uptake efficiency in the gut. This makes it important for people suffering from osteoporosis and other degenerative bone diseases. [5]

Anti-inflammatory Properties

The anti-inflammatory properties of the many organic compounds and substances found in the Butea superba herb make it an ideal treatment approach for arthritis or other inflammatory conditions, such as gout or even hemorrhoids. [6]

Anticancer Potential

Butea superba can keep cancerous cells from dividing and multiplying, thereby being a possible treatment for halting the spread of cancerous tissues and cells.

A study conducted at the Research Centre for Bioorganic Chemistry, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand suggested that Butea superba contains certain compounds that show cytotoxic activity. Being a cytotoxic agent, Butea superba helps to damage and kill the cancer cells that multiply in your body. [7]

Word of Caution: There are no known allergenic trends with Butea superba, but not enough research has been done on many demographics of the population to know for sure. Women who are pregnant or nursing are not recommended to use Butea superba, as its full effects are unknown, and its effects on hormonal balance could be dangerous. Before adding such a powerful supplement to your daily or weekly regimen, speak to your medical professional.

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About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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