Epimedium Benefits

There are many claimed benefits of Epimedium. For example, the dietary supplement is believed to be beneficial for the treatment of osteoporosis, heart disease, impotence, and memory loss. However, much more research is necessary to support these possible benefits. At this time, the supplement does not appear to have any benefits for children.

Claimed Benefits of Epimedium

Epimedium (horny goat weed) is an herbal supplement most often used for sexual enhancement, although some people take it for other purposes as well. Some of the claimed benefits of the supplement include the treatment of the following conditions or problems:
 
Much more research is necessary to confirm that Epimedium is truly beneficial for any use (see Does Horny Goat Weed Work?).
 

How Does It Work?

Epimedium probably contains numerous different "active" components. Importantly, it contains flavonoids (plant compounds that may have antioxidant activity) and phytoestrogens (estrogen-like compounds found in plants). One of these phytoestrogens, icariin, is a phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitor, much like Viagra® (sildenafil) and other similar prescription impotence medications.
 

Epimedium Benefits in Children

It is not known if Epimedium is useful for children. Furthermore, children are often more susceptible to the toxicities of drugs and supplements, even natural ones. It is best to consult your child's healthcare provider before giving your child any supplement, including Epimedium.
 
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