The next active ingredient in this medication is horny goat weed. You may sometimes see this, see this ingredient labeled horny goat weed, or you may sometimes see it labeled with the first word being. Epimed what this is, is an herb that has an active ingredient called Rin. And this active ingredient helps to CRE nitric oxide synthesis so that you have more nitric oxide available to then obtain an erection. There have been no randomized controlled trials, meaning that they haven’t tested this particular herb extract with other, um, sugar pills or placebo pills to see if there’s really truly a benefit. So we don’t really know if this is effective, but in theory, that’s how it works. So horn and goat weed has low bioavailability, poor absorption, and a short halflife. And what does that mean? Well, that means that when you take this medication or this particular ingredient, it doesn’t stick around very long in the bloodstream and it doesn’t really get absorbed into the bloodstream so that it’s useful.
And in that case, it’s probably not very effective. There’s also some concern that over long periods of time, you could get some dizziness with taking it, some vomiting, dry mouth, and in really severe circumstances, if you’re taking a large quantity of it, it can cause muscle spasms or difficulty breathing. So you do have to be careful with all these medications. I keep saying medications, but what I really supplements because these are not medications. They’re not regulated by the food and drug administration. Again, you wanna be careful taking anything with horny goat. If you have low blood pressure, if you’re taking blood thinning medications, or if you have any clotting disorder, the next active ingredient in this particular sub is Yohi and yohimbe is extracted from the bark of an African tree. And it actually works in two ways. It has a central effect, meaning it works on the brain and it blocks the receptors that decrease sexual arousal.
It also works to increase nitric oxide. This has been studied, but it only enrolls a small number of patients. So it wasn’t powered, or it wasn’t large enough to detect a true difference between taking yohimbe versus taking just a regular sugar pill. So we don’t know if it’s completely effective. If you’re taking any supplement with yohimbe in it, you need to be careful if you have any sort of psychological disorder, if you have already have anxiety, if you are having any prostate problems, if you have diabetes or heart problems, these sorts of things can make it dangerous for you to take this sort of ingredient in a supplement. The next supplement that we’re gonna review is called male extra, and this has two particular active ingredients. The first one is pomegranate. So does pomegranate actually improve erections? So there was a study done looking at men drinking pomegranate juice daily for four weeks, compared to people who didn’t drink pomegranate juice, because the thought is that pomegranate is an antioxidant and this antioxidant can improve the bioavailability, which means that your body can see more nitric oxide when you need to have an erection.