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Sexual Health: Could Horny Goat Weed Help Erectile Dysfunction?

This post is a bit different than your typical, awkward, birds and the bees talk.

For all of you who watched the trending clip on social media of a couple having sex in a MRI, you should be interested in how a man obtains an erection, keeps an erection, and how horny goat weed could be a blessing for him in the bedroom….

What is Erectile Dysfunction? 

During sexual arousal, nerve messages send chemicals, called cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), that increase blood flow into the penis (1,2). The blood flows into two erection chambers made of the spongy tissue, called the corpus cavernosum in the penis (1). The erection chambers lets the blood enter and stay in the chambers, resulting in an erection (1). With erectile dysfunction, an enzyme named protein phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) interferes with the nitric oxide and cGMP interfering with the blood moving through to create an erection (2). The Urology Care Foundation defines Erectile Dysfunction (ED) as when it is hard for men to get or keep an erection thats firm enough for sex. It affects men worldwide and it’s prevalence is anticipated to increase from 152 million in 1995 to 322 million by 2025 (3). At some point in men’s lives, they experience ED symptoms, but that doesn’t always mean they have ED. However, ED is more common with older men, but it isn’t something that comes with older age. The frequency of ED can cause low self-esteem, performance anxiety, depression, and stress (1). Many men are embarrassed to get treatment for this condition and often (in secret) seek other natural remedies.

The Perks of Horny Goat Weed

  1. It’s sold over the counter
  2. It’s can be taken in many different forms: orally as a tablet, packed inside a capsule, sprinkled on food or hot drink as a powder
  3. Minor side effects

Horny Goat Weed is made from the leaves of a plant from the species called Epimedium. The active ingredient in Horny Goat Weed is called, Icariin. Horny Goat Weed is considered to be a dietary supplement. People have taken Horny Goat Weed to treat a variety of other conditions besides: osteoarthritis, mental and physical fatigue, memory loss, high blood pressure, heart disease, bronchitis, osteoporosis, and as an aphrodisiac. Horny Goat Weed has been used in personal care products for its antimicrobial effects.

How does Horny Goat Weed work in regards to ED?

Icariin works in the body by inhibiting PDE5 and enhancing cGMP levels in the corpus cavernosum muscles (4). Therefore, blood can easily flow to fill the corpus cavernosum to create an erection. Prescription ED medication works in a similar fashion.

How did Horny Goat Weed get its name?

There are a few theories on how Horny Goat Weed got its name. One theory is, the herb itself is from the species of Epimedium, known as yin yang huo in traditional Chinese Medicine. In English this translates to “obscene goat leaves of pulse plants,” thus coining, “horny goat weed.” Another theory is the name horny goat weed originated when a goat herder found that his male goats were very excited after eating a certain type of weeds. The herder found the more the goats ate, the more the goats acted out in their behavior, resulting mounting mates frequently in a short time frame.

Horny Goat Weed’s Effectiveness

The research conducted on horny goat weed is primarily focused on animals alike many other dietary supplements. However, a study conducted in 1995 suggests that epimedium may improve sexual performance and quality of life with renal failure on chronic hemodialysis (5). More research needs to be conducted to determine the effectiveness of horny goat weed.

Known Horny Goat Weed Side Effects

There is not an exact “maximum amount” determined a person can take. The results of horny goat weed vary from person to person since everybody’s system does not process the exactly same. One case report found rapid heart rate in an individual using a horny goat weed containing product (6).

More about Natural Subsistence’s products: Horny Goat Weed Complex & Leyzene2

Our Horny Goat Weed Complex contains a 10:1 extract of Horny Goat Weed, giving you more Icariin per serving size. Black Pepper Extract and Gluconolactone are added to our complex to aid in absorption so you can harness all the benefits of Icariin. Our unique blend is different from any other product on the market today and is one of the utmost quality for the price available. If you are interested in boosting your performance, check out our other dietary supplement, called Leyzene2. Leyzene2 is our first product we manufactured and has been aiding in performance since! Leyzene2 also contains Horny Goat Weed and other clinically proven ingredients. We believe that our Horny Goat Weed Complex and Leyzene2 will deliver you real results. We offer a 110% money back guarantee, meaning we will pay you back more than you paid us!

**As always, consult with your health care professional before taking any dietary supplements.

References:

(1) Urology Care Foundation: What is Erectile Dysfunction? http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/erectile-dysfunction. Accessed August 11, 2016.

(2) Healthline. Men’s Health: Does Horny Goat Weed Work for Erectile Dysfunction? http://www.healthline.com/health/erectile-dysfunction/horny-goat-weed#Overview1. Accessed August 11, 2016.

(3) McKinlay J.B. The worldwide prevalence and epidemiology of respective PDEs, could achieve greater enhance-erectile dysfunction. Int J Impot Res2000;2(Suppl. 4):S6–S11.

(4) Pavan V, Mucignat-Caretta C, Redaelli M, Ribacudo G, Zagotto G. The old made new: natural compounds against erectile dysfunction. Arch. Pharm. 2015;348,607-614.

(5) Liao, H. J., Chen, X. M., and Li, W. G. [Effect of Epimedium sagittatum on quality of life and cellular immunity in patients of hemodialysis maintenance]. Zhongguo Zhong.Xi.Yi.Jie.He.Za Zhi. 1995;15(4):202-204.

(6) Partin JF, Pushkin YR. Tachyarrhythmia and hypomania with horny goat weed. Psychosomatics 2004;45:536-7.

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