© What is icariin?
Many of us out there have heard of the herbal remedy called Horny Goat Weed but the majority of us don't know what it is that has given Horny Goat Weed this amazing reputation as being natures ultimate natural remedy.
Well the magic zest within the Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium) plant is something known as 'icariin', but I hear you ask, 'what is that something exactly?' and 'how does it work?' Well luckily you are in the right place to find out as this is exactly what the following article will be covering for you today.
What Is Icariin?
Icariin is one of a number of active elements contained within the Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium) plant species. The reason why this particular active element gained interest however is due to the fact that through many different studies worldwide, icariin has shown to be the one element responsible for yielding all the sporting performance benefits in which Horny Goat Weed is widely known for.
Icariin purity is measured as a percentage of the active icariin content within the overall extracted Horny Goat Weed and the purity range includes standardised percentages of 10% icariin content at the lowest purity, right up to 60% icariin content at the strongest purity level. This percentage range has a direct correlation as to the overall beneficial effects that a person will receive from the extract so quite literally a 60% icariin Horny Goat Weed extract is 6 times more beneficial for the intended purpose of health remedy than that of a 10% icariin Horny Goat Weed product.
You will see Horny Goat Weed extracts containing more than 60% icariin however all extracts above this percentage are NON-standardised due them suffering from over-extraction (rendering the active icariin flavonols inactive) meaning that the percentages of 70% to 100% pure icariin are always less effective than the standardised percentages, therefore if a manufacturer states that they are selling a 70% to 100% icariin Horny Goat Weed product that is standardised then it's best to avoid as they are trying to 'pull a fast one' so to speak.
How Does Icariin Work?
Icariin helps to boost motivation and remedy the symptoms of energy loss, but how does it do this? Well the answer is: through its scientifically proven ability to boost the transmission of Nitric Oxide around the body.