Epimedium is also aptly called horny goat weed and is a type of flowering plant native to Asia. Used traditionally as a medicine and recently as a dietary supplement, the horny goat weed has been shown in studies to promote erection. This effect is believed to be due to the release of nitric oxide, a chemical that dilates (expands) and relaxes blood vessels to promote blood circulation in the penis.
Ginseng is derived from the roots of genus Panax and has been extensively used across the world to treat many health conditions. As a natural sexual enhancer, ginseng contains ginsenosides as active components that promote erection. These compounds are believed to act in many ways, including the production of nitric oxide that dilates penile blood vessels while relaxing the muscles responsible for erection. It strengthens erection also by acting on the brain centers that regulate sexual arousal while boosting physical energy.
MuiraPuama is a bush that is native to the Amazon forests of South America. The roots of this bush are used to enhance sexual desire, treat sexual disorders, menstrual disorders as well as joint pain. Early research shows that themuirapuama extract improves sexual desire as well as the frequency of intercourse.
Hawthorn berries grow on shrubs and trees of the genus Crataegusgenus. These trees are widely grown in Asia, Europe and North America. Historically, hawthorn berry extracts have been used to treat heart disease, kidney and digestive problems. The berries are also studied for their beneficial effect on high blood pressure and anxiety. Many studies show that hawthorn berries have anti-inflammatory effects and can lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels. This ingredient in VigRX Plus dilates and relaxes the penile blood vessels, which helps optimize erection.
Catuaba is derived from the bark of certain trees in the rainforests of Brazil, such as Trichiliacatigua and Anemopaegmaarvense. This natural derivative has alkaloids as the active ingredient that are known to have a relaxing effect. Catuaba extracts are known to be nervous system stimulants and provide the effect of caffeine without its unwanted side effect. The extract features in Asian and South American remedies in treating lowered libido and sexual weakness.
Saw palmetto is derived from the Serenoarepens tree’s fruits. This small palm is native to the Southeastern United States and has been studied extensively for its potential in treating prostate problems. Saw palmetto supplements are used to treat a condition called BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), promote hair growth and improve urinary function. Saw palmetto is also studied for its anticancer effects.A specific saw palmetto formulation is known to reduce inflammation in the prostate as well as enhance libido in men. A study showed that administration of saw palmetto for eight weeks boosted the ability of study participants to achieve and sustain their erection by 64 percent. Saw palmetto is known to boost testosterone production in men
This is a standardized extract derived from black pepper that enhances the bioavailability of all the other ingredients used in the formula. Pepper extracts by themselves also have a libido strengthening effect.
This is a powerful ingredient derived from a wild shrub that grows widely in Mexico and the Americas. For centuries, people have used it as a traditional aphrodisiac, while the leaves of Damiana are also known to enhance athletic performance and to treat depression, anxiety and digestive problems. This ingredient was found in clinical studies to boost sexual function and achieve a second ejaculation in sexually exhausted rats. The herb is known to contain flavonoids that help strengthen sexual function.
Ginkgo biloba, also commonly referred to as gingko or ginkgo, is derived from the maidenhair tree that is native to China. The species belongs to a genus of trees, the fossils of which date back to 200 million years. The herb has been used in food and traditional medicine for centuries.