Pink Magic Platinum is USP Labs’ sequel to the once extremely popular Pink Magic. USP Labs positions Pink Magic Platinum as a testosterone/libido enhancer…
Pink Magic Platinum is USP Labs’ sequel to the once extremely popular Pink Magic. USP Labs positions Pink Magic Platinum as a testosterone/libido enhancer…[Skip to the Bottom Line]
LEPIDIUM MEYENII (MACA):
Lepidium Meyenii (Maca) is a relative of Broccoli, indigenous to Peru, which has historically been used as an aphrodisiac. While frequently included in products aimed at increasing Testosterone, research has confirmed that the aphrodisiac effects of Maca are not caused by an elevation in Testosterone, nor does it have any significant impact on any hormones.
A 2002 study, published in “Andrologia”, found that Maca supplementation increased sexual desires, but that this effect was independent of Testosterone, which stayed the same. These findings were replicated in a 2003 study, published in the “Journal of Endrocrinology”, in which supplementation with 1.5 and 3 grams of Maca extract for 12 weeks had no influence on Testosterone levels in healthy men.
In several human studies, Maca has demonstrated a clear aphrodisiac effect when at least 1.5 grams is consumed. A 2009 study using 2400mg of Maca showed “a small but significant effect of Maca supplementation on subjective perception of general and sexual well-being in adult patients with mild ED.” A separate 2009 pilot study, this time investigating a potential effect on physical performance, found that Maca supplementation effectively improved physical performance (cycling) in trained male cyclists, while simultaneously increasing sexual desires.
In the context of Pink Magic Platinum, Maca may function as a libido enhancer, but will not increase Testosterone or convey the subsequent increases in lean muscle mass associated with increased Testosterone.
Spilanthes Acmella is an herb which has traditionally been used for a variety of purposes including (but not limited to) treating toothaches, fevers, and as an aphrodisiac. A 2011 study from “Phytomedicine” found that a dose dependent increase in Testosterone levels in mice treated with 50mg/kg, 100mg/kg, and 150mg/kg of Spilanthes Acmella extract of 20%, 68%, and 115%, respectively. This is currently the only in vivo study regarding the effect Spilanthes Acmella on Testosterone levels. Until human research is conducted, it will be difficult to determine the true efficacy of this very under-researched herb. USP Labs has never been a company to shy away from using obscure herbal extracts, and Pink Magic Platinum is no exception. Spilanthes Acmella offers some Testosterone boosting potential, but the research is far from conclusive.
Asteracantha longifolia is yet another seemingly under-researched herb with a history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac. A 2011 study, published in “Natural Product Research”, noted a significant increase in the mounting behavior of rats treated with Asteracantha longifolia extract which was equivalent to the effects seen with low-dose testosterone treatment (.05mg/kg). Multiple studies, the subjects of which were mice, have also confirmed a liver-protectant effect. Currently there are no human studies but an aphrodisiac effect is plausible.
Ashwagandha is a popular Ayurvedic herb with a relatively wide variety of health implications, ranging from cognitive support to anti-cancer effects. In the context of Isa-Test DA3, iSatori is primarily concerned with Testosterone optimization.
A 2010 study, published in Fertility and Sterility”, found that Ashwagandha (5g basic root powder) was able to restore Testosterone levels in infertile men, though subjects did not experience spikes beyond the normal range. These findings were replicated in a 2011 study in which it was also noted that the effects were more apparent in stressed men (Ashwagandha is a known adaptogen).
Unfortunately, while the above mentioned studies certainly indicate that Ashwagandha is effective for restoring Testosterone in deficient individuals, there is no evidence to suggest it can boost Testosterone in non-deficient individuals. In the context of Pink Magic Platinum, it may simply function as a Testosterone-optimizer, rather than a booster.
Broussonetia Papyrifera, also known as Paper Mulberry, is an Asian herb with a limited history of use as a dietary supplement, although it has been used for industrial purposes (textiles, bedding, etc.). As evidenced in a 2001 study from the “Journal of Natural Products”, Broussonetia Papyrifera contains a number alkaloids which have demonstrated anti-aromatase activity in vitro. However, due to a lack of in vivo studies (let alone human studies), these findings are far from conclusive.
Aframomum melegueta, also known as Grains of Paradise, is an African herb with a variety of implications as a dietary supplement. Most notably, the extract has been shown to augment the effects of Brown Adipose Tissue, which is certainly of interest to those looking to lose weight. Grains of Paradise has also been investigated for aphrodisiac and Testosterone enhancement benefits, but only in mice.
A 2002 study from “Bahavioural Pharmacology” found a libido enhancement effects (increased mounting) in male rats treated with Grains of Paradise extract. A more recent (2011) study published in “Andrologia” found that male rats treated with 115mg or 230mg of an ethanolic Grains of Paradise extract experienced a significant 278-316% increase in Testosterone over 8 days. Unfortunately, no human studies exist currently so it is unclear to what degree these findings apply to humans as well, if at all. Anti-estrogenic effects have also been noted in one in vitro study from “Pharmacology Research”, but again, the lack of human studies make it difficult to determine the true value if any.
picrorhiza scrophulariiflora is perhaps the least researched herb in the Pink Magic Platinum blend (which says a lot), so the potential implications specifically for liver-support are not quite clear. In vitro, picrorhiza scrophulariiflora has demonstrated some anti-inflammatory effects with a 2009 study, published in the “Journal of Endocrinology”, showing that an ethanolic extract was able to prevent kidney damage in diabetics mice. As with the majority of the ingredients in the Pink Magic Platinum formula, while the preliminary evidence is somewhat encouraging, whether this protective effect extends to humans is far from certain.
Milk Thistle is perhaps the most popular herbal liver protectant currently sold as a dietary supplement. It has an extensive history of use in traditional medicine as an anti-inflammatory and overall liver health. Both in vitro and in vivo studies have confirmed that Milk Thistle is able to aid in the prevention of liver damage (not completely reduce it) by stimulating protein synthesis, specifically in liver cells. Milk Thistle is often found alongside testosterone boosting ingredients and is generally recommend for liver protection during pro-hormone cycles, so its role in the Pink Magic Platinum formula is the same. That being said, there aren’t really any toxic compounds in the formula that would warrant such protection, but it certainly adds to the Test-booster image that USP is going for.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Pink Magic is a blend of some pretty obscure herbal extracts, some of which have been demonstrated to increase Testosterone in vitro and in mice, but none of which have been shown to increase Testosterone in humans (yet). Ingredients like Maca and Asteracantha longifolia may certainly enhance libido but an increase in Testosterone is unlikely, while Grains of Paradise and Spilanthes Acmella certainly have the potential to boost Testosterone (but human research is non-existent). Ultimately, the Pink Magic Platinum formula is effective as a libido enhancer but is somewhat of a gamble as a Test-booster.
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