Common Ingredients

There are a number of ingredients that make enhancement pills effective. Some of the more important of these ingredients are listed here, along with their historical uses. A focus is placed on Ginseng, as it is one of the most prominent ingredients, but others are also listed.Please note that while medical applications for these ingredients in traditional cultures and some scientific circles are discussed below, Leading Edge Health does not claim that these ingredients in its own products can diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent diseases or serious pathologies.

Asian Ginseng Root (Panax)

Herb used for at least 2000 years to improve libido, counter impotence, relieve stress, improve stamina, regulate blood pressure, and enhance immunity. Other uses are listed here (not a complete list, as there are other things it is effective in treating).

Erections and Libido

Ginseng extracts have been medically proven to improve sperm production in men and are now thought useful in treating impotence. The active compounds, known as ginsenosides, are believed by the medical community to increase libido by depressing prolactin levels in the blood.

In a study done in Korea (1995), 90 men with erection problems of some kind were given one of three treatments – an anti-depressant, a placebo, or ginseng. The placebo and anti-depressant groups actually showed 30% improvement, but the group taking ginseng improved about 60 % on average.

Cardiovascular Health

Asian ginseng may decrease problems with the endothelial cells – the cells that line the inside of all blood vessels. When these cells are irritated, called ‘cell dysfunction’, they can cause a blockage in blood flow in several ways. This dysfunction can in some cases even lead to heart attack and / or stroke. Ginsengs potential to settle disturbed blood vessels may in the future prove useful against heart and other types of cardiovascular disease. Although so far unproven, ginseng may also raise levels of HDL (good cholesterol), while also reducing overall cholesterol levels in the body.

Depression

A goon number of herbalists consider ginseng a useful part of a treatment for depression, as because it aids the body in resisting and reducing the effects of stress.

Diabetes

Although American ginseng is said to be better researched for this purpose, both the other types Panax ginseng have been shown to lower blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 (adult onset) diabetes.

Immune System Enhancement

Ginseng has long been attributed with the property of immune system enhancement, which could theoretically assist the body in fighting infection and disease. At least one study showed that people who took ginseng before receiving a flu-vaccine actually did boost their immune response to the vaccine when compared to others who only received a placebo.

Mental performance / Mood enhancement

Individuals who regularly use ginseng frequently describe feeling more alert during the day. Preliminary medical studies suggest that this feeling has scientific merit. Early research indicates that ginseng may help improve performance in areas such as mental arithmetic, focussed concentration, and memory. Further research in this area is likely to continue.

Physical Endurance

A number of studies have been made on the effects of ginseng on human athletic performance. Results have been inconsistent, as some studies show increased strength or endurance (or both) while others showing improved agility (reaction times). Then there are those studies which show no effect at all. Regardless, athletes frequently take ginseng for increasing both strength and endurance.

Saw Palmetto Berry

Saw palmetto berries have traditionally been used to treat frequent urination during the night, as well as impotence, decreased libido, and prostate problems. Today, saw palmetto berries are widely used to treat BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), a condition in which the prostate gland becomes enlarged, causing symptoms like pain and frequent urination.

The active ingredients in saw palmetto berries are phytosterols from a variety of fatty acids. Phytosterols prevent conversion of testosterone to DHT, which is thought to be responsible for causing the prostate to become inflamed. These substances also prevent DHT from binding to prostate cells, further reducing the risk of prostate enlargement.

Saw palmetto berries also have anti-estrogenic and anti-androgenic properties that keep inflammation in check. The herb has been widely studied as a remedy for BPH in both the United States and Europe with consistently favourable results.

Hawthorn Berry – Fructus Crataegi

The phytochemical found in these berries has exceptional preventive capacities, and comes from the Hawthorn tree, a low, scrubby tree found across Europe and in North America.

Hawthorn is rich in bioflavonoids, which relax and dilate the arteries. These compounds are powerful antioxidants that help increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. This reduces the work required by the heart to circulate blood, and in- turn this reduces blood pressure and stress to the heart muscle.

The bioflavonoid substances in Hawthorn give strength to the walls of blood vessels and improve blood flow to other areas of the body. Components in Hawthorn have also been shown to lower cholesterol, and the amount of plaque in arteries.

Officially approved for pharmaceutical use in Germany, government studies show the Hawthorn plant to be completely free of any side effects. European studies have shown that the Hawthorn botanical increases blood flow to the heart and brain, protects the heart from irregular beats, enhances the strength of the heart’s contractions, and mildly lowers blood pressure.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo has the unique position of having been prescribed in Chinese herbal medicine for over 5000 years. Over the past 30 years, over 300 medical studies have provided clinical evidence that Ginkgo biloba can prevent many problems throughout the body, especially those connected with circulation problems.

Ginkgo is gaining recognition every year as a brain tonic (and for memory improvement) due to its positive effects on the human vascular system, especially in the brain. Ginkgo is known to improve peripheral circulation (flow to body extremities), oxygen flow, and to increase blood flow to the genitals, improving sexual function and the power of the erection.

A recent scientific study showed that 78% of men with non-medically caused impotence problems (impotence not caused by prescription drugs) reported significant improvement, and totally without negative side effects.

Ginkgo has shown to be valuable as nutritional support for mental alertness as well as enhanced general vitality, circulatory health, and health of the blood vessels. Note that its high antioxidant activity is also valuable as a means to fight age-related conditions. It is possible that Ginkgo may counteract some of the effects of aging, especially mental fatigue and reduced energy levels.

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