Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedy: Horny Goat Weed

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Many men past the age of 30 suffer from erectile dysfunction. The causes may be psychological or physiological. The psychological causes are usually due to some kind of stress, where as the physiological causes are usually due to low testosterone or insufficient circulation to the penis. There is a prescription for both. It’s either testosterone replacement therapy in the form of a patch or jell, or drugs like Viagra or Cialis. The problem with both is that they can cause serious side effects. Too much testosterone causes hypertension and the excessive growth of the prostate. Viagra although very effective can cause headaches, indigestion, nasal congestion and even heart attacks or permanent visual impairment.

Horny goat weed can provide both increased testosterone, at a safer level, and improved circulation to the genital area in a natural way, with a much lower risk of serious side effects. The effect of increased testosterone has only been shown in animal studies but the fact that this herb increases circulation to the genital area is undisputed. The active molecule responsible for this is called Icariin. It works in the same way as Viagra but at much less intense level, thus making it safer.

Icariin increases the level of Nitric Oxide which then leads to blood vessel dilation and increased blood flow to the genitals. Nitric oxide and thus Icariin work in the same way in both women and men, thus making it potentially effective for women as well.

The increased testosterone can also bring health benefits such as the maintenance of muscle mass, increased vigour and energy as well as a stronger sexual drive. The fact that this increase is not as strong as with patches or jells makes it a safer alternative.

Finally Icariin has also been shown to stimulate bone growth thus making it a promising treatment for osteoporosis.

When you do decide to buy Horny Goat Weed, I recommend an extract that has close to 50% Icarrin as this level has been shown most effective for its health benefiting effects.

Author: Dr. Karol, MD

Alternative medicine expert, educator, medical health advisor and author. Recognized as a health expert who is highly knowledgeable in conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs. Karol graduated with a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following this Karol completed a doctor of medicine degree as well as the medical post-graduation internship in Europe. Karol started his media career by hosting the radio Radical Remedies portion of The Natural Health Show. The Natural Health Show brings together a collection of health experts to discuss natural health solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Karol also speaks on health matters and the potential of healthy ingredients on video blogs and at health tradeshows. He currently works closely with and represents some of Canada’s leading health product companies. Karol is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com, an online store for all things healthy. Here Karol reviews the products considered by Vitarock to ensure they meet the company’s four core pillars; to be pure, green, safe and fair. He also interacts directly with Vitarock’s online shoppers, being available by phone to provide a free medical consultation and to recommend the best possible products. He is also a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. Karol reviews science and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. His overall philosophy is that as a society we should implement a more personal approach to our existing medical system showing more empathy, personal attention, as well as emotional and psychological support to individuals in need of help. He also believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with natural remedies, exercise, time spent with nature, and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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