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Horny Goat Weed

Horny goat weed is a flowering herb which is native to China. Also known as barrenwort, it has been used as a herbal remedy for centuries. Horny goat weed has been traditionally used to improve libido.

Horny goat weed contains icariin, a flavonoid which promotes the production of nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow. For this reason, horny goat weed may be an effective herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction, and animal studies suggest so.

Human studies also suggest that horny goat weed may help to reduce bone loss in post-menopausal women, probably by stimulating osteoblast activity. The herb contains phytoestrogens which may also help to balance hormones during menopause. It is thought to increase sexual desire in women, although there are no studies to back up this premise.

Animal studies have shown that horny goat weed may have antidepressant and neuroprotective effects, although human studies into this are lacking.

Due to the nitric oxide effect, horny goat weed may also help to lower blood pressure, and should be avoided by people who already have low blood pressure.

As a supplement, horny goat weed is widely available in capsule and tablet format.

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