Icariin is a natural flavonoid glycoside that is often used in male sexual enhancement products. It is said to work in a similar way to Viagra, which is to improve the blood flow to the penis to help achieve and sustain a firmer and longer lasting erection. It also has the ability to inhibit PDE-5, a substance that that is detrimental to the erection process and prevalent in those suffering from erectile dysfunction.
Icariin can be purchased on its own but is usually sold as part of a male sexual enhancement supplement of which there are many on the market. These products are sold without a Drug and are generally safe to use, causing no harmful side effects. However, while there has been some clinical research performed on the ingredient the long terms effects are not totally known. The most common substance that Icariin is paired with is Epimedium, also known as Horny Goat Weed, and a very popular addition to erectile dysfunction products. The cost of Icariin can vary greatly depending on a number of factors – the other ingredients, if any, in the product, the purity of the substance and the individual manufacturer. Generally, the cost is in the range of $30-$50 for a one month supply.
While Icariin is primarily used to enhance sexual performance, it is also sometimes included in other products including athletes and athletic performance supplements. Because of its benefit in raising testosterone levels (the male sex hormone), stamina, strength and endurance are supported as is lean muscle mass and even mental stamina.
Anyone wishing to use Icariin in a male health supplement should always check with their doctor beforehand, particularly if they have any other medical conditions or are taking other types of Drug medications.