Horny Goat Weed extract dosage, review, side effects and sex enhancer
Benefit and safety, treatment for erectly dysfunction and impotence, information on uses, safety, risks, danger, and warnings
Comparison to Viagra from Pfizer, Levitra from Bayer and Cialis from Eli Lilly
February 1 2017

Review and benefit
Horny goat weed is an herb effective as a sexual enhancer but it takes a few days for it to work. Unlike prescription medications used for erectile dysfunction that work within and hour or two, herbs take several days to be effective. It is appropriate for a woman and a man. Most sex improving herbs work equally well in men and women but it is difficult to predict in any one woman which aphrodisiac herb will benefit the most without trying different ones..

Dosage
Horny Goat Weed extract, 500 mg each pill.
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Supplement facts:
Each Horny Goat Weed extract pill contains:
Epimedium Sagittatum, 500 mg standardized leaf extract (20% flavonoids as icariin)

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Suggested use: As a dietary supplement, take one horny goat weed extract pill before breakfast a few times a week, or as recommended by your health care provider. It may take 3 or 4 days for the full sexual benefit to be noticed. As with most herbs, we recommend taking breaks from use since it is possible daily use could lead to side effects. You could take it for 1 or 2 weeks on, 1 or 2 weeks off. This natural remedy has been used in Asia for centuries, however no long term human research is available in the USA to indicate safety and side effect profile.

Composition of the herb
This plant has a number of substances including flavonol glycosides prenylflavones, ikarisoside A, icarisid II, epimedoside A, icariin, icaritin, epimedin B, yinyanghuo A – E, and epimedokoreanoside. Flavonoids include chrysoeriol, quercetin, apigenin, kaempferol, and luteolin. See also sagittatins and icariins. Medicinal Epimedium herbs contain special C-8 prenylated flavonol glycosides which contribute to various activities and the major four, epimedin A, epimedin B, epimedin C and icariin.

Horny goat weed icariin benefit
Mario Dell’Agli, a researcher at the University of Milan, has looked into horny goat weed, which has a compound called icariin, as a potential for blocking an erection-inhibiting enzyme as well as Viagra. Erectile dysfunction is a common condition worldwide, and drugs like Pfizer Inc’s Viagra or sildenafil, Eli Lilly and Co’s Cialis or tadalafil, and Bayer AG’s Levitra or vardenafil, work by increasing blood flow to the genitals. The medicines inhibit an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type 5. Icariin targets the enzyme precisely, it may have fewer side effects than Viagra, according to Mario Dell’Agli. Icariin is present in te horny goat weed in large amounts but its activity against (the enzyme) is lower compared to Viagra.

Studies and benefits

Influence on blood pressure
Q. Is it ok to take it if I am taking Alatace (ramipril) for controlling high blood pressure?
A. Much depends on the herbal dosage being used and the blood pressure medication dosage and how high your hypertension is and whether it is well controlled. Many sexual herbs can speed heart rate. It is up to you and your physician to make the final decision.

Influence on kidneys
Very little research has been published in the Western medical literature regarding horny goat weed extract. Our Chinese study investigated its therapeutic effect on 22 patients with chronic renal failure on hemodialysis.

Effect of Epimedium sagittatum on quality of life and cellular immunity in patients of hemodialysis maintenance
Dept. of Nephrology, General Hospital of PLA, Beijing. 1995
22 cases of regular hemodialytic patients were treated with horny goat weed in the form of decoction. Horny goat weed had sexual enhancement effect and improved the quality of life in the patients with chronic renal failure. Interleukin 2 (IL-2) activity of peripheral blood monocytes stimulated by PHA was increased significantly in the patients treated with horny goat weed. Horny goat weed has a therapeutic effect on sexual disorder and immunologic inadequacy in the patients with chronic renal failure undergoing hemodialysis.

Prostate gland
I am 52 years old with a slightly enlarged prostate gland. I just purchased a bottle of horny goat weed and was wondering if there are potential long-term effects that might increase my risk of prostate cancer. My present PSA level is 4.4 (which is normal for me). A biopsy indicated no presence of cancer, and I am in excellent health. My BPH symptoms are relatively minor.
A. Long term human studies are not available with horny goat weed herb so we really don’t know if it affects the prostate or PSA test, whether it affects in a positive or negative way. Most people do not need to take horny goat weed every day, anyway and thus occasional use should not have much of an influence either way.

Influence on testosterone levels
There does not appear to be a significant influence on testosterone levels and most likely not much of an influence on DHEA or pregnenolone levels.

How does it work?
The exact way that horny goat weed works remains unclear. Animal studies have shown that it may influence levels of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine and reduce cortisol levels. The leaves contain a variety of flavonoids (one prominent flavonoid is icariin), sterols and an alkaloid called magnaflorine. It’s quite possible it influences several aspects of human sexual biochemistry. Icariin is known to help with erectile function.

Horny goat weed side effects, warning, risk, how safe is it?
Side effects from horny goat weed are likely with high dosage use. The herb has not been available long enough in western countries for us to have a good understanding of its potential side effects when misused. However, there is a possibility that very high doses of horny goat weed pills – just like many herbs that have a stimulating nature – can cause heart rhythm disturbances or increase heart rate. A more common horny goat weed side effect is insomnia when this herb is used in high doses.

Do you know of any cardiac related issues with horny goat weed such as heart arrhythmia or any other heart issue?
Yes, the use of high doses of this herb can speed heart rate and may cause heart rhythm disturbances, palpitations, PVCs and arrhythmias.

Heart problems
Can a person take horny goat weed supplement while using the nitro patch or those with heart problems?
A. Many of the sexual herbs increase heart rate and very high dosages could lead to heart rhythm problems. If a person is on a nitro patch that means they have heart problems, therefore this herbal supplement is not recommended.

Q. How will it react to heart medications that I take. that being Toprol XL 200 mg, Plavix 75 Mg, and Altace 10 mg.
A. We don’t suggest the use of sex herbs in those who are on heart medicines. We cannot predict the reaction of horny goat weed with these medicines since each person will react differently. Beyond that, it will be up to you and your doctor to make the decision regarding the use of supplements.

Testimonial side effects heart rhythm problems
I took 2 tabs of 500 mg each for one week and got heart palpitations. When I reduced it to one pill 2 days on, one day off, the heart palpitations did not occur.

Testimonial, fatigue
Q. I find that if I take more than three capsules for a few days, I feel fatigues rather than energized.
A. Horny goat weed increases energy. But the dosage makes a difference. Too little may not do much, and too high a dose, by causing insomnia or other reactions, could lead to fatigue.

Difference between brands
Q. Is there a difference from one product brand to another?
A. There are hundreds of horny goat weed brands and products on the market and it is difficult to say how different they are from one another and how effective they are since comparison studies have not been done. If one sex herb product does not work well for you, you could try another one.

Review
Most users will notice a mild to moderate sexual pleasure enhancement effect by the third or fourth day of use. We have not come across any indication that it has addictive potential. In our review, we would rate this herb in the top ten aphrodisiac herbs that are commonly available in the United States.

Q. Do you know of a horny goat weed review site? For instance how do i know a Pinnacle horny goat weed pill is better than another pill brand?
A. We have not come across honest and independent websites that review horny goat weed side effects and benefits and the differences between brands such as Pinnacle horny goat weed, GNC horny goat weed product or the dozens of other products available for sale either solo or combined with other sex herbs.

 
Horny goat weed is sold in a number of extract potencies, including various percentages of icariin and epimediosides. It can be combined with other natural aphrodisiacs such as maca as long as the dosages are kept low to avoid overstimulation.

Combination with other aphrodisiac plants and extracts
Thus far we have combined horny goat weed with several herbs such as yohimbe, maca, or tribulus and have not found any significant side effects when the dosages have been kept low. We have also combined it with fish oils without adverse reactions.

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