Despite the lack of research, I’ve decided to do a research on my own about this Amazonian hidden tree to see what to expect from this potentially very strong and potent nootropic.
Here is what I’ve found out.
1. Catuaba Is An Aphrodisiac
As mentioned previously, catuaba has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac.
It’s very popular in Brazil, but you can already find it on Amazon and many other countries around the world.
Its popularity is growing and by having said this, I believe more research will be done soon.
Until then we have to rely on the anecdotes and traditional use cases.
2. Catuaba May Boost Your Cognitive System
Another potential benefit of Catuaba is the power to boost your cognitive system.
This tree (well, bark) has been traditionally used as a cognitive and memory booster.
While there are no studies to support this, it definitely shows some potential.
3. Catuaba May Help With Brain Damage
I found a 2012 study of Catuaba used on rats to measure its potential effects to treat brain damage . The study found that catuaba may be effective as a preventative agent against brain damage.
4. Catuaba May Help With Anxiety & Depression
A study from 2005 conducted on mice shows quite convincing evidence that catuaba might be an effective antidepressant .
Keep in might a lot more research has to be done to prove the benefits of supplementing catuaba on humans, but again, current data seems promising.
Since preliminary studies show potential antidepression benefit of catuaba, it’s realistic to believe that this compound might be effective for anxiety disorders and potentially even for sleep-related issues.
5. Catuaba Has Antimicrobial And Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
While I’m not a doctor, I was quite fascinated to read a study from 2014 which found that catuaba inhibited PLA2 activity, which is involved in the anti-inflammatory process .
Besides that, another study from 1992 showed potentially positive benefits of using catuaba as an anti-HIV drug/supplement .
I believe we are still far from proving those benefits, but results are promising.
6. Catuaba Might Help Patients With Cancer
Last but not least, according to a 2007 study, catuaba contains special alkaloids called tannins which are powerful antioxidants and might have anticancer properties .
To make a short conclusion, catuaba definitely lacks a lot of studies and research, but preliminary data and studies are promising. Therefore, I’ll keep on learning more about this tree and hopefully, we’ll soon get more data about the (proven) benefits of using it.