Virectin review: Ingredients, side effects and safety

The history of erectile dysfunction, or ED, treatment is long and rich. Traditional medicine in China, India, and other places across the world have their own specific herbal remedies to help increase blood flow to the penis. Many of these traditional medicines are being sold in the mass market today as dietary supplements. Virectin is one of these supplements.

Because erectile dysfunction can be caused by many underlying conditions, it is hard for any single drug or supplement to treat every case. Virectin has many ingredients that may or may not treat any one particular person’s erectile dysfunction or libido issues.

What is Virectin?

Virectin is an herbal male ‘enhancement’ supplement produced by Gentopia Labs. The producers of the supplement claim on their official website that the “highly advanced proprietary formula [in Virectin] will help you achieve more powerful, longer lasting erections each and every time that you have sex.” They also claim that the drug will help men to increase their confidence level, keep an erection, sex drive and sexual stamina overall.

Gentopia Labs also suggests that Virectin will help men to control issues with premature ejaculation or ‘staying power’ during sexual intercourse, which will improve their sex life. The ingredients in Virectin are a mix of herbal and mineral extractions that have traditionally been used in both western and non-western medicines to treat a variety of ailments. Each of these ingredients has a supposedly potent effect on some part of the penis, and together they’re meant to treat all of the potential issues with male sexual performance.

Because Virectin is available without a prescription and is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), finding reliable statistics on the supplement’s history or its popularity is difficult. However, Virectin does appear on several ‘best of’ lists for male enhancement supplements.

Virectin ingredients

Virectin ingredients include 17 minerals and herbs, as well as three inactive ingredients: Rice Flour, Gelatin Capsule, and Magnesium Stearate.

Zinc

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Besides being one of the fundamental elements of the periodic table (Zn), Zinc is also one of the fundamental building blocks of human health. Zinc has been found to help with mood regulation, digestion, and even with the symptoms of the common cold. Zinc is also one of the oldest and most well-known supplements used to treat erectile dysfunction. In 1996, the supplement was scientifically tested, and it was found that “Dietary zinc restriction in normal young men was associated with a significant decrease in serum testosterone concentrations…”

In other words, men who do not get enough zinc can see a reduction in their natural testosterone levels. There was no indication that men who are not already zinc deficient will see a boost in testosterone from zinc supplementation.

Niacin
Niacin is so important to the healthy functioning of the human body that there is an illness named for those who don’t get enough of it: pellagra. However, your average person will get plenty of Niacin in their diet from fortified grains or foods like tuna fish. Niacin is often used supplementally to treat high blood cholesterol and dyslipidemia. Because dyslipidemia is often associated with erectile dysfunction (ED) in men, treating the disease with Niacin as found in Virectin could lead to a reduction in ED symptoms. This conclusion is supported by a 2011 medical study.

Selenium
Selenium is a mineral that humans need for a healthy metabolism, although in very small amounts. It is considered an antioxidant, which means that it can help protect cells from damage. There is evidence that selenium may help ward off prostate cancer. Selenium is presumably included in Virectin because it is such a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants can minimize the stress on the cells of your body, and therefore help in getting your blood to flow, including in those ‘sensitive’ areas.

L-Arginine
L-Arginine is a nutrient that is known to help with wound healing, detoxification, immune function, and artery relaxation. Because it can help to relax the arteries, it can also help to increase blood flow. One 2003 study found that “oral administration of L-arginine in combination with Pycnogenol [pine bark extract] causes a significant improvement in sexual function in men with ED without any side effects.”

Tongkat Ali

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Tongkat Ali or Eurycoma longifolia is one of the natural ingredients and is a flowering plant that’s found in Indonesia and Malaysia, where its root has been used medicinally for generations. One modern medical study found that Tongkat Ali works well to control stress in the human body. The study also found that Tongkat Ali can help to restore normal testosterone levels in men “by increasing the release rate of ‘free’ testosterone from its binding hormone, sex-hormone-binding-globulin.”

Avena Sativa
Avena Sativa is more commonly known as the oat plant. It is another one of the natural ingredients in Virectin. It is grown widely as a grain for human consumption and livestock feed. The claim is that oats, when consumed as a medicinal extract, can also help your body to relax and produce more testosterone. These conclusions do not seem to be backed by peer-reviewed scientific studies.

Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto is a palm tree that’s native to the American southeast. The extract that is used medicinally comes from the tree’s fruit. Many, like Virectin, claim that saw palmetto can help with prostate and urinary tract issues. However, according to the National Institute of Health, medical studies have failed to show that the drug is any more useful for urinary tract issues than a placebo.

Damiana Leaf

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Damiana leaf comes from the turnera diffusa plant, which is native to Texas, Central America, and the Caribbean. The plant has long been used as an aphrodisiac in Mayan and Mexican cultures. However, the scientific evidence about its effectiveness is incomplete and mixed.

Cnidium Monnieri
Cnidium Monnieri is a small, flowering plant that is also known as Monnier’s snow parsley. The plant contains a bioactive ingredient called osthole, which may have effects similar to Viagra on penile tissue and the hippocampus. Some claim that the plant also helps with testosterone production, but this has not been established by a scientific study.

Tribulus Terrestris
You may have seen this hardy plant around the side of the freeway in North America, where it is an invasive species known by the name devil’s weed. Besides being a nuisance to local ecology, it’s a well-known and widely used treatment in Indian medicine. It is often administered to help with heart problems, testosterone levels, and ED. Some studies have found that it can help with testosterone levels, while others have found that it is no better than a placebo in treating ED.

Mucuna Pruriens
Mucuna pruriens is sometimes called the ‘magical velvet bean’. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for many years to treat issues from ED to Parkinson’s disease. Many of these traditional medical uses for the plant have been verified by scientific study. A 2012 study conducted on rats concluded that the plant could have a positive effect on men with erectile dysfunction.

Fenugreek Extract
Fenugreek is cultivated as a plant across the world, and it is often used in Southeast Asian cuisine. Fenugreek contains a compound called 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which, along with other compounds in the plant, can help to regulate blood sugar. One scientific study has shown that the plant can help with male libido.

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf

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The ginkgo is a large tree with fan-shaped leaves that traditionally grows in Asia. The plant is taken as an extract to treat all kinds of health problems, from Alzheimer’s to depression to Lyme disease. A 1991 medical study suggests that the plant can be a successful treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Horny Goat Weed
Horny goat weed is a traditional Chinese medical herb that’s been used to treat arthritis, fatigue, and many other issues. A 2008 medical study suggests that its traditional use as a treatment for male libido may be warranted.

Maca Root powder
Maca is a cruciferous vegetable that’s been cultivated in Peru for thousands of years. The root is well known to health food gurus who promote it for its rich nutrient content. However, there is evidence to suggest that maca root may be healthful in other ways as well. One 2002 study on maca root’s effects on the male libido concluded that “treatment with Maca improved sexual desire.”

Ashwagandha Root
Both the root and the berry of the ashwagandha plant are used medicinally. The plant is used to treat anxiety, insomnia, liver disease, and a host of other medical issues. Also, since long before the invention of Virectin, ashwagandha has been used as an aphrodisiac, and it was even mentioned in the Kama Sutra. However, the plant has not been shown to effectively treat ED issues in a peer-reviewed medical study.

Who is Virectin recommended for?

The website for Virectin asks if you’ve “lost that once insatiable desire for sex?” or if “you sometimes have trouble getting or maintaining an erection?” It claims that the supplement can help anyone who is looking to ‘boost’ their sexual pleasure, prevent premature ejaculations, or ‘stay harder and larger, longer.’  However, it’s not clear that Virectin is the right supplement for everyone.

There are many underlying health issues that can cause erectile dysfunction, and they all require a particular treatment. If you want to know whether Virectin is the right supplement to help you treat your erectile dysfunction, the best thing to do is to consult with your primary care physician. You and your doctor can come up with a treatment plan together that may or may not include herbal supplements like Virectin.

Is Virectin safe?

One difficult thing about determining the safety of dietary supplements like Virectin is that the FDA does not oversee their production or distribution. As the FDA says on their website, the “FDA is not authorized to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed.” However, Virectin is not generally considered to be a dangerous supplement. Most of the Virectin reviews on Amazon.com, for instance, relate to the supplement’s effectiveness, not it’s safety.

Does Virectin work?

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Virectin claims to treat many different ailments: erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and low libido. It even claims to give its users larger erections. Because each of these issues can stem from a litany of other health problems, it’s hard to determine exactly how well Virectin will work for any given individual.

Virectin contains 17 active ingredients, which means that it is putting 17 different herbs and minerals into your body at once, each of which will perform a different function. Some of these ingredients have been shown to scientifically treat issues related to ED or libido. Others have only been shown to work anecdotally. None of these herbs or minerals have been tested to see how well they work when used together.

There have been no scientific studies done with Virectin to determine its efficacy. While one of the herbs in Virectin may work to treat one man’s individual ED issues, there is no telling if that particular herb will be distributed in the right dose through Virectin. There is also no telling how it may interact with the other herbs in the supplement.

Amazon.com — where people buy Virectin — reviews for the supplement are largely distributed between one and five stars, suggesting that the Virectin works well for some men (although this could be a placebo), and works not at all for many others. It should also be noted that Virectin’s Amazon reviews score low on FakeSpot’s Analyzer report, which means many of them may be fake.

Virectin side effects

One of Virectin’s main ingredients, niacin, is known to make some users experience flushing, rashes, and in some cases stomach problems. Another of virectin side effects is that the supplement also contains high amounts of zinc, which can cause lethargy and intestinal discomfort. Virectin’s official website suggests that you do not take the supplement with alcohol, as this might decrease its effectiveness.

Virectin reviews

Virectin is a supplement that may help relieve some of the symptoms associated with low-libido or erectile dysfunction. However, because the drug is not regulated by the FDA, has not undergone scientific testing, and because it has so many active ingredients, it’s difficult to say definitively whether it works for treating any particular ailment.

If you’re interested in taking Virectin, you should first consult with your doctor. There may be other treatment options out there for you, whether pharmaceutical, herbal, or lifestyle related. Many men may find that they only want or need to take one or two of the herbal ingredients that are contained in Virectin to get their desired results.

Final Thoughts

Men have been experiencing issues with their sexual performance for millennia. Ancient Indian, Chinese, and Central American cultures all used specialized herbs to treat men for these issues. Aphrodisiacs have been prized for their important role in societies across the world. So, it makes sense that we would still prize the ancient wisdom about how to treat our sexual problems. Supplements like Virectin may help us tap into that wisdom. But because there are so many causes for ED and libido issues, Virectin may not be the perfect supplement for everyone.

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