Korean red ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as an overall wellness elixir for centuries. Its therapeutic uses include boosting the immune system, improving heart health and increasing energy and endurance.
But the Chinese also used it for something else… It’s not something men are comfortable talking about… and it’s a topic that is often swept under the carpet: erectile dysfunction.
Putting a spring back in your step
Sadly, erectile dysfunction is a depressing reality for many men, especially as they grow older… and that means the end of enjoying sex. That’s because, when you suffer with erectile dysfunction, sex is often over before it begins — and sometimes it doesn’t begin at all.
But there’s hope… and even though previous sexual performance claims linked with Korean red ginseng were mostly regarded to be anecdotal, that’s all about to change.
A recent review, published in the prestigious Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, examined the scientific evidence behind Korean ginseng’s purported beneficial effects on sexual health.
The researchers concluded that there is hard scientific evidence that certain active chemical ingredients in ginseng, called ginsenosides, have a positive effect on sexual performance.
They added: “There is good evidence that ginsenosides can facilitate penile erection by directly inducing the vasodilation and relaxation of penile corpus cavernosum. Moreover, the effects of ginseng on the corpus cavernosum appear to be mediated by the release and/or modification of release of nitric oxide from endothelial cells and perivascular nerves.”
In one of the studies reviewed by the researchers, 119 men with erectile dysfunction were asked to spend eight weeks taking either a placebo or 350mg of Korean ginseng berry extract.
The men who took the ginseng extract improved their sexual performance across the board, boosting their erectile function and banishing other embarrassing performance problems. If you’re ready to be a tiger in the bedroom again, and don’t want to rely on what Big Pharma has on offer, Korean red ginseng may be just your ticket.
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