VigRx Plus is a male enhancement herbal supplement designed by Leading Edge Health. VigRx Plus has been clinically tested with results showing improvement in ability to gain an erection, sustain one, and increase the amount of orgasms. Many of the ingredients are used to increase blood flow and improve sexual arousal. VigRx Plus is an improved formula of the original VigRx with three new ingredients added for longer lasting results. Although VigRx Plus is made with all-natural herbs and has been clinically studied, its results have not been clinically or scientifically validated or endorsed by the FDA. Consult with a physician prior to beginning treatment, as there may be other health factors for low libido or erectile dysfunction.
BioPerine is the first ingredient and the base of VigRx Plus. It is a natural ingredient made from Indian black pepper fruit and made into an extract and is known as piperine. BioPerine is patented and been clinically tested in the United States. BioPerine increases the absorption of nutrients it is mixed with in nutritional supplements. BioPerine added to VigRx Plus increases all the properties and adds potency of the other herbs in the formula. According to Sabinsa, the manufacturers of BioPerine, several studies have concluded increases of fat-soluble and water-soluble B vitamins and selenium in blood of healthy individuals when taken with BioPerine. While there are several positive claims in the studies, the most recent was conducted in 1999. No other studies have been conducted nor presented conclusive evidence of the Sabinsa claims.
Damiana and Puncture Vine
Damiana has been used as an aphrodisiac for decades, and according to Michael Tierra, author of "The Way of Herbs", its use is specifically for low libido. The leaves can be smoked or made into a powder to increase libido. Puncture vine, according to Herbal Extract Plus, increases testosterone and strength. It also boosts sexual drive and reduces impotency.
Epimedium Leaf Extract and Gingko Leaf
Epimedium leaf extract is an oil made from the Epimedium pimedium grandiflorum, or goatherb, plant. This particular leaf extract is used to aid with liver, kidneys and the male reproductive organs. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine, since it stimulates androgen hormone production and is good at treating male impotence. According to Michael Tierra, a naturopathic doctor, ginkgo leaf provides energy and is full of antioxidant properties. Ginkgo is also noted to aid in blood flow, which in VigRx Plus would promote healthy blood flow to the penis.
Asian Red Ginseng
Asian red ginseng is a variation of Panax ginseng, which is noted for its ability to improve circulation and blood pressure. Chinese medicine considers ginseng to be the "king of all tonics" according to Michael Tierra. Ginseng is not to be used where there is any inflammation or stress on the heart. Consult with a physician prior to taking VigRx Plus if there is any inflammation or heart issues.
Hawthorn berry is full of phytochemicals, naturally occurring chemicals that promote health. According to Phyllis Balch, CNC and author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing", hawthorn berry works on the circulatory system and aids in proper blood pressure by dilating the coronary blood vessels.
Several of the herbs added to VigRx Plus are used as aphrodisiacs. They are used to increase sexual response and potency. The ones added to VigRx Plus are saw palmetto, muira puama bark extract and catuaba bark extract. Saw palmetto has been used to aid in prostate health for decades. It is also known to have aphrodisiac properties. Muira puama bark extract is a stimulant and is useful for impotence as it improves male virility and desire. Catuaba bark extract is a Brazilian plant with strong aphrodisiac properties. It works by dilating the blood vessels to increase proper blood flow as well as on the nervous system to increase sensitivity. Catuaba bark is also known as a stimulant and increases energy.
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- "The Way of Herbs"; Michael Tierra, L.Ac., O.M.D, N.D..; 1998
- "PDR for Herbal Medicines"; David Heber, M.D., PhD., FACP, FACN; 2007
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing"; Phyllis Balch, CNC; 2000