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Do we sell Horny Goat Weed containing more than 60% icariin? Such as 98% icariin?

60% icariin Versus 98% icariin

Every so often we get asked the question; Do we intend to retail Horny Goat Weed supplements containing percentages of icariin above 60%, such as 90% or 98% icariin extract?

The answer to this question is; no

So why not? (you ask)

At Icariin Health, it goes without saying that we love all things icariin and so we are continually researching and testing new Horny Goat Weed products on a monthly basis. Unsurprisingly, icariin percentages from 10% to 98% are something we have been researching ever since we first opened back in 2009.

Naturally one would make the assumption that; 'the higher the percentage of icariin within a finished Horny Goat Weed extract, the more beneficially effective the extract will be', unfortunately however this is not strictly the case with herbal plant extracts. We have carried out our own trials with icariin extracts in the following percentages; 50%, 60%, 70% 80%, 90%, 98% and even 100% pure icariin. Each time, the results of said trials have shown that the 50% to 70% range was always the most effective, with the 60% icariin level being the most consistently beneficial.

After contacting various herbal medicine research institutes, we eventually found out why. Plants consist of a complex structure of constituent parts and when undergoing the processes of extraction, the balance of these constituent parts fluctuates due to the extraction being carried out. Icariin is an active flavonol derived from the Epimedium plant family, and as with any active plant flavonols, in order for them to stay both correctly conserved and fully active in their optimal state, they must remain embodied within a fundamental balance of their constituent parts in which they were originally formed with at the initial stages of plant growth. 

Controlled trials carried out by a French bio-lab have shown that when the Epimedium plant is extracted upwards of the 70% icariin purity level, the active flavonol icariin begins to lose its stability and structure resulting in loss of activity within the flavonol itself, which leads to an overall reduction in the extracts beneficial effect.

Below is a chart in which we obtained from this bio-lab, best illustrating their findings:

 

most effective percentage of pure icariin extract

 

This structural imbalance illustrated above is the main reason why producers cannot 'standardize' Horny Goat Weed extracts within the 70% to 98% icariin percentage range.  If in the future we find that the icariin structure can be stabilized by producers of Horny Goat Weed extract to purities beyond the 60% icariin level, and they can fully certificate the standardization accordingly, then at that stage we will happily test this extract further ourselves and possibly consider retailing it; based on a thoroughly consistent outcome of impeccable results. However for the foreseeable future, due to the lack of stability in terms of effectiveness, we will avoid selling Horny Goat Weed supplements in the 70% to 98% icariin range and continue with what is currently the optimal icariin purity in terms of showing the most beneficial effectiveness, that being 60% icariin.

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