Bioperine / Piperine
Extracted from black pepper, and also known as piperine,
this alkaloid increases the body's ability to use other
nutrients, or bioavailability. Rather than taking more
vitamins, minerals or other supplements, bioperine
boosts the results of smaller doses.
This herb is used to treat a range of conditions,
including erectile dysfunction
, by working on the
central nervous system.
This is described as a building block for sex hormones.
It helps increase testosterone levels, the hormone that
separates men from women, whose equivalent is estrogen.
Higher testosterone leads to strength and virility, and
also longer life.
Epimedium ("Horny Goat Weed")
The active ingredient is icariin, which increases levels
of nitric (not nitrous oxide. Nitric oxide is the main
messenger element involved in the brain communicating
with the heart to send blood to the penis, and the veins
in the penis opening up to take the blood and keep it
there long enough. In particular, the nitric oxide
relaxes the "smooth muscle" in the penis that allows it
to expand so quickly and then revert to its former
This ancient Chinese remedy increases blood flow to the
penis. It also protects cell damage from aging and
prevents blood clotting.
Folic Acid and Vitamin E
Vitamins which, taken together with one or more of the
other supplements listed here, improve erections
Known for many years by East Asians to improve libido
(sex drive) and energy. This is from a direct effect on
the central nervous system and gonadal tissues
(testicles). It also helps with getting an erection.
This amino acid helps erections by enhancing the effects
of nitric oxide and the release of hormones.
A plant and root that is widely consumed by humans as
well as livestock, it heightens libido and improves
semen quality and quantity. It optimizes the levels of
nutrients to the endocrine system, or glands.
A plant extract that boosts levels of testosterone and
thus libido. It takes time to build up in the body,
usually two to three weeks.
This is an especially powerful substance taken from the
bark of an African tree. It is so strong that it is
commonly prescribed by doctors for treatment of erection
failure. It is an alkaloid also used as a dietary
supplement and to treat diabetes, which is a common
contributor to erectile dysfunction.
This common and essential mineral improves erectile
function in men with a zinc deficiency. It plays a key
role in growth of sex organs and healthy brain function.
* Other less common ingredients include saw
palmetto, hawthorn berry, muira pauma bark extract and
catuaba bark extract, among others.