How Goat Weed Improves ED

Goat weed, also known as horny goat weed, is a pungent hardy perennial native to Korea, Japan and China renowned for its benefits for sexual health – in particular for improving erections and low libido and relieving menopausal symptoms. 

herd of goats - does horny goat weed work?Although the name provokes mirth – it is said to have come from a legendary goat herder who noticed his flock was more sexually active after grazing on goat weed – the herb known as Yin Yang Huo has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as an aphrodisiac for more than 2000 years.But it is also valued as an anti-aging treatment, for improving memory, for preventing bone loss after menopause, and as a general health remedy for major organs – kidneys, liver and cardiovascular system, particularly heart, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

How Horny Goat Weed Works

  • How Goat Weed Aids Better Erections

Goat weed is a popular herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction because it contains icariin, which is also found in erection drugs.icariin extract - does horny goat weed work?

 

The Livestrong website reports icariin behaves like a PDE5 inhibitor, which means that it blocks an enzyme that degrades a substance called cyclic GMP that resides in the cells that line the corpus cavernosum of the penis.

 

This matters because cyclic GMP is a messaging chemical that signals smooth muscle cells to relax to permit blood to flow into and expand the corpus cavernosum.

 

A study abstract published in the March 2006 issue of Urology reported that epimedium extract triggered penile erection in rats due to an increase in nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is required to achieve and maintain an erection because it triggers the release of enzymes that produce cyclic GMP.

  • How Goat Weed Works To Reduce Heart Disease

The same flavonoid compound that helps give better erections may also provide cardiovascular benefits. 
chinese medicine - does horny goat weed work?Traditionally used as an angina remedy in Chinese medicine, goat weed may work in several ways to protect and ease cardiovascular disease.  Relaxing the arterial walls, which helps with better erections, may be one way.

Active ingredients in goat weed called flavonoids have the ability to inhibit a hormone (aldosterone) that increases blood pressure by promoting the re-absorption of sodium ions.Goat weed’s action in preventing this re-absorption and may improve heart function and reverse changes in the shape, size or function of the heart after congestive heart failure, according to an article in a 2010 issue of the “Anhui Medical and Pharmaceutical Journal.” 

  • How Goat Weed Works To Lower Cholesterol

Goat weed has also been shown to contain antioxidants that protect DNA from free radical damage, which may be another way in which it gives protection against atherosclerosis.

The authors of a study published in the July 2007 issue of “Vascular Pharmacology” reported that icariin enhanced a protein complex involved in DNA transcription and response to oxidative stress from free radicals and low-density lipoproteins, the “bad” kind of cholesterol.

It is, however, important to talk to a health practitioner before using any goat weed supplements to treat or prevent heart problems.

  • How Goat Weed Works for Brain Health

Antioxidants in goat weed may protect the nerve cells from the damage from reduced blood brain health - does horny goat weed work?flow to the brain, report the authors of a study in the October 2005 issue of “Chinese Medical Journal.”

 

Livestrong reports goat weed prevent free radical damage and programmed cell death of the nerve cells by inhibiting the accumulation of calcium in the cells.

This research supports goat weeds traditional use as a supplement for protecting memory, intellectual function and a general sense of well-being.

  • How Goat Weed Works for Cancer Prevention

In China, goat weed is officially classed as an herb that can prevent cancer growth.

Some recent studies, such as the one published in the May 2011 issue of the European Journal of Pharmacology, indicate that icariin from goat weed possesses significant anti-cancer activity and inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells in the laboratory.

Research reported in the November 2005 issue of Phytomedicine suggests that certain icariin derivatives may benefit individuals with hormone-sensitive cancers, like breast cancer.

However these benefits have not been proven in actual clinical cases.

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