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Horney goatweed (Epimedium)
What is Horney goat weed (Epimedium)?
It is also known as Epimedium Barrenwort, Bishop's Hat, Fairy Wings, Yin Yang Huo.It is a genus of about 25 species of herbaceous flowering plants in the family Berberidaceae. They are native to southern Europe, and central, southern and eastern Asia. The use of horny goat weed as a medicinal herb dates back to at least 400 A.D., where it has been used as a tonic for the reproductive systemMany of the herbs contained in Horny Goat Weed have been used in traditional botonical medicine in China, South America And Ayurveda.The "active ingredient" in Epimedium is cariin, which can be found in standardized extracts to be from 5% up to 60% potent. Strengths above that are usually reserved for lab use.Horny Goat Weed works by increasing nitric oxide levels, which relax smooth muscle. This lets more blood flow to the penis or clitoris or other smooth muscle.
What is the effective dosage of Horney goat weed supplementation?
T(250-1,000mg/day in 2-3 divided doses).
It is interesting to note that although at least 15 fifteen active compounds have been identified in epimedium extracts, (luteolin, icariin, quercetin, and various epimedins), many supplement companies currently use alcohol extracts standardized only for high levels of icariin. The traditional use of epimedium, however, is as a hot-water decoction (tea), which would result in a very different profile of active constituents when compared to the high-icariin alcohol extracts that are more commonly used in commercial products. Although at least one test test-tube study has shown icariin to protect liver cells from damage with by various toxic compounds, other feeding studies (in rodents) have suggested that high-dose icariin may be associated with kidney and liver toxicity. There have been no reports of adverse side effects associated with the traditional preparation of epimedium (water-extracted) at the suggested dosage (250 to 1,000mg per day).
What are the benefits of Horney goat weed supplementation?
Because of the traditional use of epimedium for treating fatigue and boosting sex drive, the majority of the claims for Western dietary supplements center around sex drive:
• It Boosts libido (sex drive)
• It Increases energy levels
• It enhances recovery from exercise (via cortisol-control)
Makes you more sexy (not really, but this is what the ads would suggest)
What are the side effects of Horney goat weed supplementation?
There are no known side effects of Horney goat weed. It is not for pregnant women or children.