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Horny goat weed ‘could rival Viagra’ .  (I just report this stuff but, can’t help wondering,)

Does it work?  How many goats has it been tested on?  What do the goats say?

I think I’m gonna file this under humor. Although I suppose it isn’t really a funny subject to many. 
Still, you know.  Can anyone help the giggle that forms when this subject comes up.  Wait ... no pun there.

Horny goat weed ‘could rival Viagra’
A Chinese plant known as horny goat weed could be an alternative to Viagra in tackling impotence, research suggests.

By Jon Swaine
Last Updated: 3:23PM BST 30 Sep 2008

A compound made from epimedium brevicornum - also known as horny goat weed and Bishop’s Hat - could also have fewer side effects than the drug, scientists from the University of Milan found.

Mario Dell’Agli, the lead researcher, said that experiments showed that icariin, a compound found inside the horny goat weed, blocks PDE5, an enzyme which limits blood flow to the penis and therefore prevents erections.

Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, also works by inhibiting PDE5. It is thought to be 80 times more effective than icariin. However, Mr Dell’Agli said that by producing a modified version of the horny goat weed molecule, a compound that “works as well as Viagra” can be produced.

Mr Dell’Agli and his colleagues tested four plants which are regarded as natural aphrodisiacs in their traditional cultures. Only horny goatweed was found to have an effect.

“This could be the natural Viagra,” said Mr Dell’Agli. “We have synthesised a new molecule that one day may be able to replace Viagra.”

In addition, a new drug could have fewer downsides than Viagra, Mr Dell’Agli said. People with heart problems are unable to take Viagra because it also affects enzymes crucial to heart function. Tests suggest the horny goat weed alternative does not have the same side-effect.

Mr Dell’Agli said that further tests were necessary and that it would be at least 10 years before any drug was available to consumers.

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