Horny Goat Weed is an amazing extract that in recent years has gained an even bigger presence in the natural aphrodisiac health market, this growth in presence has become apparent for good reason as in recent times this extract has had a lot development within it’s extraction leading to much higher levels of purity. Gone are the days of just picking up the nearest or cheapest bottle you can get your hands on, now it’s all about how much bang you can get for your buck!
Lets now luck at the various ways in which the phrase ‘bang for your buck’ can be applied to the purchasing of a Horny Goat Weed supplement:
Horny Goat Weed Quality
When assessing quality in terms of a Horny Goat Weed supplement one firstly needs to make sure that they are finding products that are actually extracted powder supplements, by this we mean that you should avoid buying the product in raw leaf form as this quite obviously this form has not been extracted to any particularly purity hence it won’t pack any power unless you decide to eat lots of the leaves for your lunch which is neither realistic or convenient by any stretch. Secondly it’s highly recommended to opt for a a free-flowing powdered extract in a hard shell capsule rather than compressed hard-tablet form, the reason for this is that that compressed tablets are far inferior in terms of both absorption of Horny Goat Weed into the body and also they fail to preserve the structure of this particular extract as well as free flowing powder.
Capsule Capacity/Capsule Content
The amount of powder within a capsule is a tricky one at times and can fool many who look for the biggest milligram figure and buy solely on this figure alone. Be careful with this figure as when it comes to extracts there are two very different content figures which are often stated on Horny Goat Weed supplement. The first figure that may be stated by the manufacturer is the weight of the Horny Goat Weed plant/leaves before they have been extracted down and inserted into the capsule (usually referred to as dry plant weight, dry herb weight, whole plant weight etc), this milligram weight will quite obviously be far greater than the weight of the powder after the extraction process has been completed, so quite often you will see a manufacture stating 3,000mg on their product details however when extracted down may produce 200mg of actual Horny Goat Weed extract. This brings is on to the second and more commonly given figure which is the amount of actual extract which has been put into each capsule which will be stated as ‘Horny Goat Weed Extract’ or ‘Epimedium Extract’ followed by the milligram figure. If the figure on the product you’re thinking of buying doesn’t seem clear as to which of these two figures it is then you can safely apply the rule that a capsule containing more than 600mg of Horny Goat Weed extract would require a capsule size that would be very difficult for someone to swallow so if you see figures larger than this then we would advise on assuming that this figure is the plant weight before the extraction process.
Horny Goat Weed And What Else??
This seems like a rather silly point to make but if you’re going to buy Horny Goat Weed then well… buy Horny Goat Weed!!
What we mean by this is that there are so many so called Horny Goat Weed labelled products on the market which when you actually turn the bottle around and look at the ingredients list you will find a whole host of other extracts and compounds which have nothing to do with Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium). So make sure you take a look at the ingredient list of the product and check that the product is a Horny Goat Weed product and that you’re not buying a product which contains a small amount of Horny Goat Weed that is swamped within a bunch of other extracts which will no doubt be far cheaper that the Horny Goat Weed itself.
This relates to the capsule weight point above whereby you will notice products with high milligram figures on the front of the bottle only then to discover on the rear of the bottle that the milligram content of actual Horny Goat Weed extract is far less due to the milligram figure being predominantly occupied by other substances.
Horny Goat Weed Purity
Purity is by far the most prominent factor when looking for the best and most effective Horny Goat Weed extract on the market and is the also quite surprisingly the most overlooked factor too!
Horny Goat Weed purity is measured directly by the content of it’s key active component ‘icariin’. It is a cut-and-dry fact that Icariin is quite literally the muscle behind Horny Goat Weed extract and has been shown time and time over to be the sole reason for Horny Goat Weed being so beneficial to the sexual health of men.
Icariin is measured in a percentage content of the overall Horny Goat Weed extract and the range of standardized strengths begins at the lowest purity level of 10% icariin extract and then carry’s up in increments of 10 right up to the purest standardized Horny Goat Weed extract available at 60% icariin purity. You might be thinking well aren’t there any extracts with icariin content above 60%, the answer yes there are, some go up to 98% icariin purity, however none of the strengths past the 60% mark are ‘standardized’ and the reason for this is because the structure of Horny Goat Weed extract begins to become unstable after the 72% icariin extraction level, hence there are no ‘standardized’ extracts available past the 60% mark.
Icariin is the most vital instrument in measuring the ‘bang for your buck’ with Horny Goat Weed especially when you consider that a 60% icariin Horny Goat Weed supplement is going to be quite literally 6 times more powerful than that of a 10% icariin extract supplement. Therefore if you get all the above factors ticked off along with a high icariin content extract then you’re definitely on the right track!
Horny Goat Weed with high percentages of icariin content is not cheap, the reason for this is that the extraction process is very lengthy and so for example a maximum strength 60% icariin extract costs literally 20 times more to produce than that of a 10% icariin extract, so expect to pay for what you get with this herb. If you see high products claiming to have high contents of icariin for a very low price equal to that of a low percentage icariin product then be avoid as the numbers simply don’t add up!
So there you have it, you are now equipped with the knowledge required to source the best Horny Goat Weed extracts available and improve your sexual health today!
Article Reference Source:
‘Getting the Best Horny Goat Weed – An In-depth Buyers Guide’