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Today we are going to take a look at a plant that has flown under the radar for far to long.  Its called polypodium vulgare and it has been used for thousands of years for a multitude of things. Other common names include common polypody, rock polypody, and rock cap fern. Some uses include treating depression, impotence, basic infection, parasitic worms, coughs, and as an appetite suppressant. Lets take a look at the inner workings of this little fern.

Anatomy, location, and habitat:

This fern belongs to the polypodiaceae family of plants. They grow anywhere from 10-50 centimeters long

and can be a range of colors from orange to yellow and can even turn gray as they age.

It is commonly found in France and Scandinavia. It is also found sparsely throughout the Mediterranean region. It has also been introduced in New Zealand but is considered to be pest, or invasive species.

It prefers shaded locations and can be found on tree stumps, rocky vegetation, cracks in rocks, and sand. It loves sandy soil with little or no lime. It is also found growing out of the cracks of old stone homes and barns.

Polypodium vulgare
Polypodium vulgare


Uses in cooking:

Not many people know that this plant is actually very sweet. In fact, its extremely sweet. The reason for this is because it contains osladin which can be up to 500 times sweeter than sugar! This makes it great as a sugar substitute. When cooked it provides a very aromatic smell. It is frequently used in nougat because of these sweet and aromatic properties.




Medicinal uses:

Polypodium Vulgare has been frequently used in herbal medicine for centuries.  It is frequently used as a diuretic and laxative. It is also used as an expectorant (helps loosen phlegm in throat/chest). It has also been used to treat jaundice and hepatitis.

An herbal tea made from the roots can be used to treat hives, sore throats, and stomach aches. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and is used to treat liver and spleen disorders.

Skin rashes are also treated using polypodium vulgare. A salve is made using using beeswax and olive oil. The salve is directly applied to the rash.

One of the biggest and often misunderstood uses of polypodium vulgare is to cure impotence or low libido. This plant has been shown to successfully treat impotence and libido issues. The reason for this is because this fern contains phytoecdysteroids. More specifically 20-hydroxyecdysone. These ecdysteroids are used by the plant to fight of plant eating insects. Rescent research shows that these chemicals can aid in increasing muscle mass and increasing sex drive. But how?

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Polypodium vulgare and testosterone:

A common misconception regarding polypodium vulgare is that it increases testosterone. Science suggests that this isn’t the case. It can actually work out better this way because it works along side testosterone. 20-hydroxyecdysone does this by increasing the activity of polyribosomes. Polyribosomes are compartments inside cells where actual protein synthesis takes place. This stimulated protein synthesis helps increase muscle mass, sexual processes, and overall wellness. This helps testosterone be used in other areas of the body and increases its overall affect. This is the main reason Bold Buck Nutrition™ uses polypodium vulgare in its Prime Rut™ testosterone booster.


Polyribosome and protein synthesis
Polyribosome and protein synthesis – Thanks to http://dehistology.blogspot.com


20-hydroxyecdysone has been compared to the anabolic steroid methandrostenolone. In one animal study muscle mass actually increased 115%! Here is a link to an amazing pdf that shows references to several studies regarding 20-hydroxyecdysone. Not only did it show amazing results in animals, it also references a few human studies as well.



Science is still uncovering many great benefits to herbs and herbal supplements. Polypodium vulgare is no exception. Sometimes we have to look at nature to give us the boost we need. We don’t always have to jump straight into prescription drugs. Do your own research and discuss it with your doctor. This way you can make an informed decision. Knowledge is a powerful thing. Use it to your advantage.


Until next time

Stay Dominant,

Bold Buck Nutrition



Polypodium Vulgare. A little fern with big benefits
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4 thoughts on “Polypodium Vulgare. A little fern with big benefits

  • March 20, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Yes i would like to know if prime rut will boost libido iam 64 years old work out 3 days a week been taking natural testboosters for a while some work ok but my libibdo is low will this test booster help

    • March 20, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      Your working out. That’s great. At least your helping yourself in that department. Yes, the ingredients in Prime Rut should definitely help with your libido. It helps increase blood flow , especially to extremities. It also helps to block enzymes that inhibit erections. Along with it’s testosterone boosting abilities, we think you’ll be pleased with the results. Give us a try!

      • March 21, 2015 at 9:46 pm

        Hey thank you for your feed back on prime rut how long can i cycle on it and how long does it take to kick in should i take it with or without food also would like some help with my trianing cant seem to put on any mass at64 iam kind of medium build i trian pretty hard 3 days week my workout takes about an hour 1/2 i also take a preworkout called kill it by rich prianna good pumps been working lifting weights since i was in my 20s thank you

        • March 23, 2015 at 12:43 am

          No problem. Always happy to help. The best cycle ideally is a week on/week off. This way your body gets all the effects of Prime Rut but doesn’t get used to the ingredients. Most people report feeling the benefits of prime rut the very first week. This is because of the dosage. Most products contain very little amounts of there ingredients. We give you over 3000mg a day. You can take it with or without food. But we recommend skipping breakfast. Take a look at this article to see why. As far as training look at this article to get a great head start at building mass. We understand pre workouts are very popular nowadays. In the next few weeks we will be releasing our new pre workout called Pre Rut. We can’t speak to Rich Prianna’s pre workout. Once we release ours we will send you a link to get it at a special introductory price! Keep up the good work and let us know how you like your Prime Rut!


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