Horny Goat Weed

Here is what you should know about fitness and nutrition from the Horny Goat weed

Horny goat weed is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb. It is also famous by its botanical name, Epimedium and its Chinese name, yin yang huo. It has been used for centuries in China as a traditional remedy for low libido, fatigue, erectile dysfunction and pain. 

Why is Horny Goat Weed consumed?

Horny goat weed has been consumed since centuries as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. Recent medical studies have shown support for this claim. It has found that the herb comprises of a compound that blocks the effect of an enzyme that restricts blood flow to the penis.

Icariin which is the active component in horny goat weed acts as this inhibitor and could be a better alternative than current drugs for erectile dysfunction. Horny goat weed is also being studied for conditions such as osteoporosis and hardening of arteries.

Further animal studies have shown that it has effects similar to those of nootropics. Cognitive decline has slowed down in studies conducted on normal rats and rats affected by stroke. There are ongoing studies about its protective aspects on brain cells in humans. Studies are still being conducted but the results are very promising so far.

Horny goat weed has also shown promising results for reduction of high blood cholesterol levels and oxidative stress. In a study where 120 older people with heart and kidney problems were given horny goat weed, there heart health improved and they got relief from kidney problems. 

Can you get horny goat weed from natural foods?

Horny goat weed is not found in any natural food source. Horny goat Weed is generally sold in the form of capsules.

Dosage

Recommend is dosage based on the person’s medical history. Medical professionals at the University of Michigan recommend taking 5 grams of horny goat weed 3 times a day in case of atherosclerosis and ED.