Bodybuilding Benefits of Epimedium (Horny Goat Weed):
Horny Goat Weed is a great source of the testosterone mimetic, Icariin. Research on Icariin has shown it to increase circulating testosterone levels as well as improve reproductive organs, making it a great therapeutic for hypoandrogenic states (like right after a steroids cycle).
On top of the testosterone mimetic capabilities of icariin, it also has some very interesting metabolites. In vivo research has shown icariin to metabolize into icaritin and desmethylicaritin. What’s great about these guys is the fact that they are very strong estrogenic receptor antagonists.
Bone and Muscle Benefits
According to Herbal-Supplement-Resource.com, epimedium supplements can also benefit the muscle and skeletal systems within the body. Epimedium as a supplement features ingredients that can help manage cortisol levels within the blood. As a result, a reduction of bone deterioration and an increase in muscle mass can occur within the body since cortisol levels directly affect these body structures.
Researchers at China’s Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Pharmacy studied the anti-aging effects of flavonoids, or colorful antioxidants, derived from Epimedium plants on laboratory animals. They reported that all important age-related metabolites like unsaturated fatty acids, saturated fatty acids and amino acids showed evidence of being reset to a younger level after the administration of the Epimedium extracts. They concluded that the anti-aging effects might be caused by the intervention on lipid metabolism and its property of anti-oxidation.
As the name suggests, horny goat weed has been used not only as an aphrodisiac but also to treat erectile dysfunction. A study in Milan published in the October 2008 issue of the “Journal of Natural Products” synthesized a new molecule from icariin that inhibited phosphodiesterase 5 in vitro. The researchers believe it could have the same effect on erectile tissue in the penis, in much the way Viagra works.
Traditional Medicinal Uses & Health Benefits of Epimedium
The name “Horny goat weed” is based on a colorful Chinese legend.
Epimedium, also known as Yin Yang Huo or Horny Goat Weed, is a powerful remedy in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used for thousands of years to promote male potency, libido, and as an aphrodisiac. In Chinese medicine, Horny Goat Weed is named Yin Yang Huo in honor of the mythical yin yang creature that achieved 100 sexual climaxes each day.
Modern Chinese herbal medicine uses epimedium (usually in combination with other herbs) not just to treat impotence, but also for asthma, bronchitis, cervical dysphasia, congestive heart failure, leucorrhoea, leukopenia, and viral infections of the heart. It is officially listed by the Chinese Academy of Medial Sciences as one of an elite group of herbs that slow down aging and promote longevity. Perhaps even more important have been the recent discoveries that Epimedium has powerful immune-modulating activity.
Traditional Chinese MedicineTCM practitioners use this herb used to increase the Yang energies, for instance, it would be used to enhance male sexual performance. Recent research has confirmed that Horny goat weed can increase sperm production and stimulate sexual desire.
Epimedium Side Effects: Do not exceed recommended dose. Overdoses can cause rapid heart rate, and high blood pressure.You may experience cramps, spasms, respiratory problems and hyperactivity if you take too much of horny goat weed extract. You should talk to your doctor before taking epimedium extract if you have cardiovascular disease.