There is so much information about Shilajit out on the internet right now, and you’ll find many examples of Shilajit supplements. Whether you’re looking for additional information to inform a purchase, or to find the best kind of shilajit, we have a whole page dedicated to it. 

What is Cistanche? 

This very strange-looking plant could be a game changer for hormone regulation. Cistanche (a family of Orobanchaceae) has been used in North Africa, Arabic and Asian countries for a number of ailments, and often referred to as ‘desert ginseng’ or Rou Cong Rong. 

The unassuming pant has come into focus in well-being and performance circles due to the herb’s potential as a neuroprotection, and immune system booster and may help to increase and support testosterone and hormone balance. 

This page should give you all the information you need if you wish to take a supplement which contains Cistanche, and will cover everything from the benefits, frequently asked questions and where to find the best cistanche supplements. 

Benefits Cistanche

There are very few human studies, however, in much of the scientific research that has been done, Cistanche has been linked to having cognitive enhancing and protective properties, bolstering the immune system, being a potent antioxidant and is a potent aphrodisiac [source]

It has been found that the family of Cistanche plants have a high concentration of phenylethanoid glycosides which is the bioactive compounds which influence biological change, and as a result, can provide well-being benefits. The compounds have been found to have neuropharmacological effects which include the increase of immunity function and a positive impact on kidney ageing, anti-lipid peroxidation (free radicals attack lipids) which includes the process of re-using free radical and activating the caspase-3 and caspase-8 [Source].

Cistanche can induce the production of steroidogenic enzymes in the testicles which are responsible for the synthesis of dihydrotestosterone.

Therefore, testosterone levels are increased in the testicles and hypothalamus (part of your brain).

The root increases their energy levels, endurance and vitality, along with mood-enhancing properties.

  • Stimulates Healthy Testosterone Production
  • Increase levels of Energy & Endurance
  • Mood Enhancer
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Cognitive Booster
Cistanche Capsules


Is Cistanche Legal Or is it a Banned Substance? 

As far as we are aware, Cistanche is completely legal in the UK and it is part of many supplements designed to support healthy hormone ballance and the immune system. 

Cistanche is currently not banned for professional competition but if the best course of action is to it contact your sport’s governing body. The rules and regulations surrounding Cistanche may change quickly so it is best to keep up to date with the most recent information while taking any supplement.


What are the side effects of Cistanche>

There are a few potential side effects of Cistanche, but from our research, it does not seem as though there are many serious downsides to a supplement which contains the herb. The most likely outcome of any side effects is nausea, vomiting, dizziness and stomach pain [source].


What is an Effective dose? 

The effective dose of Cistanche is relatively quite high. Many suggest that for an effective dose of Cistanche, you should be consuming between 1 and 6 grams (1000mgs – 6000mgs). This can be taken in the form of a powder, capsule or as pat of a tea. 

Which are the best Cistanche Supplements in the UK? 

There are very few supplements that contain cistanche in the UK, but there are some. We ourselves have included Cistanche in our testosterone booster blend. 

The best cistanche to buy should come with a lab test certificate to ensure that the extract is not contaminated, and there is a meaningful dose of the active compounds. It is best to source supplements which use a pure extract and advertise the amount of bioactives in the extract. That way you can ask for lab analysis to be sure you’re taking a supplement that will work.