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Horny Goat Weed and Erectile Dysfunction

Horny Goat Weed. Quite a name, huh? How are you going to explain that to the wife and kids? Well, I'll leave that up to you, but you may want to go by its scientific name:  epimedium.

Horny Goat Weed (HGW) is probably much more than a simple libido booster: it also increases Nitric Oxide. In fact, a compound within HGW, resting study on embrionic cells in the lab found that it "inducible effects of icariin were partly related to increase in the expression of cardiac developmental-dependent genes, and elevation of the cAMP/cGMP ratio in ES cells, as well as upregulation of endogenous NO generation". Translated that means:  Horny Goat Weed actually turns on genes that increase Nitric Oxide output for you steadily all the time 24 X 7. [3] What a contrast when compared with the erectile drugs that last for between 4 and 36 hours, eh? 

NOTE:  Icariin has many other excellent properties - Wikipedia has a nice summary - including being a cognition booster, antioxidant, anti-depressant and anti-osteoporosis agent.

Steven Lamm, M.D. in his excellent book  The Hardness Factor : How to Achieve Your Best Health and Sexual Fitness at Any Age, uses it in his practice and says that many of his patients swear by it. This same Steven Lamm performed a HGW study on 38 men. 25 were healthy men and 13 were taking Viagra. About two thirds of the healthy men and about half of the men using Viagra responded positively to the Horny Goat Weed. Of course, this is not a rigorous study, since the placebo effect was not taken into account. Lamm recommends the Pinnacle brand. But I have even noticed that Walmart now sells it if you need to save money or you can order it from Amazon at incredibly cheap prices: Horny Goat Weed 60 Caps.

Do you know the foods and drinks that increase erection-boosting Nitric Oxide? Check out the Peak Erectile Strength Diet where I show you how to dramatically and naturally improve your erectile strength.

Also, it is worth noting that some supplement manufacturers put Maca and Horny Goat Weed together in the same capsule taking advantage of their complementary effects on male physiology.  Horny Goat Weed directly boosts Nitric Oxide and boost libido.  Maca, through a complete different pathway, boosts semen volume and libido.  It is a good combination that does work well for many guys, but you want to get a formulation that has an extract of Icariin (for the Nitric Oxide) and 500 mg of the Maca.  Here is an example:  Horny Goat Weed + Maca - 60 Capsules.

 

CAUTION: If you have a medical condition or are on any medications, please discuss any changes with your doctor first. Certain supplements, foods and even juices can alter absorption rates of certain medications for example. Play it safe.

REFERENCES:

1) Int J Impot Res,Jul-Aug 2006,18(4):335-42

2) Urology,Mar 2006,67(3):631-5

3) Acta Pharmacol Sin,Mar 2006,27(3):311-20

4) Asian J Androl,Mar 2003,5(1):15-8

5) Vascul Pharmacol, Jul 2007, 47(1):18–24

6) J Natural Products, 2008 Sep;71(9):1513-7. Epub 2008 Sep 9, "Potent Inhibition of Human Phosphodiesterase-5 by Icariin Derivatives"

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