If you have ever stayed up late watching TV. You may already be pretty familiar with Horny Goat Weed. This plant and its extracts have been relentlessly exploited for years.
You may have already considered some of the effects of aging. Things like graying or thinning hair, loss of energy and weak grip strength are all common. But can these conditions be slowed down or reversed with horny goat weed?
Lets learn more about it and if its really as good as its hyped up to be!
What is it?
Barrenwort, Epimedium, bishop’s hat, and yin yang huo are just a few names for this miracle plant.
Although mostly found in China, this plant can be found through out Asia. As well as in the Mediterranean in fewer numbers.
The horny goat weed plant has been used used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Most commonly as an aphrodisiac to improve male sexual function.
Since then, modern medicine has discovered that Goat Weed is effective for more than just ED.
What is Icariin?
Scientist have been able to identify the main active compound in Epimedium as Icariin. By extracting Icariin from the plant, supplements companies have been able to create more potent products.
It’s also important to know that Icariin has been synthesized. Making it easier to mass produce and sell, but there is no published works on the synthetic version.
Some research has been conducted on real Epimedium extracts, to a small extent.
Here is a list of Icariin benefits:
- PDE5 inhibitor
- Enhances nitric oxide production
- Improves cognitive function
- Mimics testosterone
Horny Goat Weed vs Icariin
Some might think an extract would be better that a plant based supplement. To some extent that may be true, but its never that simple.
There are other compounds in Goat weed that have proven to be beneficial as well.
Desmethylicaritin – A phytoestrogen that mimics the hormone estrogen. Giving goat weed the potential to raise estrogen in women as well as testosterone in men.
One study has also discovered Desmethylicaritin ability to suppression of adipogenesis Or slow down and prevent fat gain to an extent.
Icaritin – A metabolite of Icariin has been investigated for its osteogenic effects. In vitro, Icaritin has been show to promote bone growth and regeneration.
Figuring out which type of supplement would work best for you depends on your reasons. If you are only interested in the PDE5 inhibitor effects, an Icariin extract would be best.
For general health reasons, a supplement that is composed of the raw plant would work well.
Icariin is know to be a safer and natural, but weaker alternative to pharmaceutical grade PDE5 inhibitors. This type of medication is commonly used to treat Erectile dysfunction in men.
Pharmaceutical examples of this PDE5 inhibitors are, Viagra, Cialis, Spedra and Helleva.
Known Side Effect
As long as the dosage is low to moderate per body weight and it is not used for a prolonged period. Most horny goat weed extracts are considered to be generally safe to use daily.
As per WebMD, Horny goat weed extracts can be taken regularly for up-to 2 years. Icariin extracts for up to 6 months.
Possible issues and precautions
Its important to always consult your physician before taking OTC supplements. Although Goat weed is generally safe. There is the possibility of negative interactions with other medications.
- Do not use when pregnant or breast feeding
- Due to goat weeds anti clotting properties, do not use if expecting surgery or if you have a bleeding disorder
- HGW increases estrogen levels, posing a risk to anyone suffering from hormone sensitive conditions
- HGW lowers blood pressure and may present a health risk
How to Take
Horny goat weed is usual taken to increase testosterone and relieve ED in men. It is also commonly prescribed to men and women as a libido booster.
No human research studies have ever been conducted concerning Icariin / horny goat weeds effects on ED. There have been some studies in-vitro as well as rats.
These studies have confirmed its effectiveness
Before Using Icarrin / HGW, considerer this
Its important to remember that taking even natural, over the counter supplements like horny goat weed may cause heath complications. Please consult with your physician before using.
Several factors need to be considered when creating a dosing schedule. Here are some things to consider before using this supplement.
Factors for dosing:
- General health
- Interactions with other drugs
- Reason for using horny goat weed or Icariin
There is not enough scientific research backing the appropriate dose for humans. It’s always best to start at a low safe dose. Set a schedule for up-to 4 weeks and keep track of blood pressure and other vitals along the way.
Please see link below for more information regarding vitals:
Recommended dosing and details
A dosing schedule for Icarrin, the active ingredient in Horny Goat Weed, is based on body weight. Boosting testosterone for men, below is listed body weight, safe dose followed by higher dosing.
Daily dosing schedule:
- 150lb: safe dose 11mg to 110mg || higher dose 110mg to 900mg
- 200lb: safe dose 15mg to 150mg || higher dose 150mg to 1,200mg
- 250lb: safe dose 18mg to 180mg || higher dose 180 mg to 1,500mg
Woman may also take Horny goat weed extracts to combat the effects of menopause. A study on the effects of Icariin for women with post menopause symptoms has outline the minimal effective dose.
60mg of Icariin is the lowest active daily dose for women
Studies have found that Icariin reduces the bone loss, but to a small degree.
Should I take super goat weed everyday?
Yes, the dosing schedule above is for everyday supplementation. As long as you have consulted with your doctor for personalized advice.
Goat weed and Goat weed extracts are somewhat safe. Studies suggest that Icariin can be taken daily for up to 2 years. Any length after that has not been researched.
Horny Goat Weed and Maca Root
You may have noticed some HGW pills include other ingredients to amply effects. One of the more popular extracts included is Maca Root.
This root in combination with Horny goat weed may increase sex drive. While alleviating symptoms of erectile dysfunction in men. This combo is also said to balance hormones in women.
Both of these claims have yet to be evaluated by the medical community, but anecdotal claims do show some promise.