VigRX Plus Review
VigRX Plus is a male virility supplement that has been on the market since 2006. So is it worth considering?
But is it any good?
Regarded as probably one of the most well-known penis enlargement pills in the industry, VigRX Plus claims to have sold more than 1.2 million boxes since it launched – at a guess this likely makes it the most popular over-the-counter penis pill ever!
The fact that VigRX Plus had has been around for so long is testament to the effectiveness of this product – in this industry, if your product doesn’t work and doesn’t produce decent results, then you’re really not going to last very long.
With more than 13 years on the market this is clearly a product that works and can produce results.
VigRX Plus claims to:
- Give you bigger, harder and longer lasting erections
- Boost your libido and sexual desire
- Give you improved control over your erections
- Make your orgasms more intense and frequent
With more than a decade helping men across the globe perform better in the bedroom, VigRX Plus has also attracted endorsements from a prominent Doctor and author (Dr Steven Lamm), and in more recent years taken the steps of putting VigRX Plus through its paces by undertaking a clinical study which further goes to highlight the effectiveness of this penis enhancement pill.
On face value this looks like a fantastic product with the potential to beat any other male enhancement pill hands down however as i’ll come onto later in my VigRX Plus review, there is a hidden truth that they don’t want you to know about the clinical study!
At a glance the ingredients look good and the backing of a doctor alongside a clinical study only further the quality and confidence consumers have in this product.
The only question I have is whether or not the results really measure up to the rather massive price point of this product.
Can a cheaper, competitor product achieve similar results for a fraction of the cost?
Read on to learn everything there is to know about VigRX Plus and whether i think it’s really worth buying!
VigRX Plus Pills & Product Box
As with all Leading Edge Health products, VigRX Plus benefits from good customer support, Live Chat on their website (albeit only available during specific hours) and a rather streamlined, detailed website as a result of a face lift during early 2019.
VigRX Plus is clearly their best selling product and the company behind this male enhancement pill is proactively tweaking and improving their service year on year ensuring consumers can buy with confidence.
As with any and all products in this sector, you get completely discreet packaging for the delivery of your order (no mention whatsoever to the contents), whilst on your billing statement there is simply a reference to the parent company (Leading Edge Health) or in some instances the sister company (Lem Internet) – put simply you won’t see VigRX Plus mentioned on your bank statement making this a very discreet purchase!
Moving on to the product box itself, VigRX Plus pills are presented in a predominantly white box with a distinct red logo. On the front alongside the logo there’s reference to the product being a male virility supplement, along with the bold claim of being the “World’s Leading Male Enhancement Product” (although on the back of the box it does clarify that this statement has not been evaluated by the FDA).
The front of the box also sports a quite distinct reference to the inclusion of Bioperine (an ingredients that increases absorption), a mention to the number of tablets per box (60) and also a sticky label that allows you to verify that the product that you’ve purchased is a legitimate, authentic version of VigRX Plus.
If you already have a supply of VigRX Plus make sure you visit the verification website and check to ensure your purchase is authentic.
On the reverse of the box there some blurb about its unique blend of ingredients and effectiveness, whilst you’re also find a full breakdown of all its ingredients along with the suggested and recommended daily dosage – namely 2 tablets per serving.
Opening the product box up and you get 4 blister packs, each containing 15 tablets.
The blister packs themselves have the VigRX Plus logo printed all over them, so if you did want to discard the box, you can still easily identify the pills.
Notably if you do decide to do that, remember that you won’t then be able to take advantage of the money back guarantee policy which requires the return of all boxes (opened or otherwise).
The size of the VigRX Plus pills (which are a bright distinct red in colour), are an identical size to the likes of ProSolution Pills measuring approximately 2cm in length (or 0.7 inches).
Pretty easy to swallow the 2 tablet serving with a mouthful of water.
Each pill also sports a subtle imprint of the VigRX Plus logo which is a nice little added detail and testament to the quality and attention to detail of this product.
VigRX Plus Product Photos
Thanks to the manufacturers of VigRX Plus, I’ve actually got my hands on the REAL product to test and review.
Don’t believe the fake reviews on the net that don’t have their own photos – many fake VigRX Plus reviews are based on generic product information and they’ve never seen, let alone tried the product.
VigRX Plus Ingredients & Side Effects
Since its launch in 2006, VigRX Plus has gradually tweaked and improved its formula to produce the best possible results.
The current combination of ingredients within VigRX Plus really hasn’t changed in quite some years – they’ve obviously reached a point where VigRX Plus is as effective as it can be and hence no further tweaking or modification of the overall blend is needed.
The fact that VigRX Plus is now also backed by a clinical study based on its specific ingredients, suggests that we’re very unlikely to see any further tweaks or changes to the overall formulation in the future (as this would likely mean redoing the clinical study).
What follows is a rather in-depth analysis of each ingredient and also reference to the clinical study and how it relates to each component within the overall formula of VigRX Plus.
If you’d rather skip this section (and simply take my word that the ingredients work), then you can simply jump to the clinical study section where i lay out what research has been undertaken, the results and conclusion of the study and also (importantly) how if your using VigRX Plus the dosage is actually half that consumed in the clinical study.
I think it is also worth noting that beyond the set of 10 primary ingredients (plus an absorption enhancer in the form of Bioperine) which I’ve listed and detailed below, VigRX Plus also contains a couple of other ingredients that are used to form and combine the ingredients of the overall pill.
One of these ingredients is a colouring called FD&C Red #40.
This is a food dye which gives VigRX Plus its bright red appearance however it’s also worth noting that some people have an allergy or an irritation to food dyes of this type.
Needless to say if you’ve previously had an allergic reaction to food dyes in the past then, you’ll probably want to give VigRX Plus a miss or at the very least double check and ensure your safe to consume it.
Everyone is different so if you have any health concerns or you’re on prescription medications, be aware that VigRX Plus side effects can occur and you should always discontinue use and/or check with a medical professional if you start suffering from any adverse side effects.
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
VigRX Plus is a proprietary polyherbal preparation for improving male sexual function. Its use is supposed to result in expansion of the blood vessels leading to the erectile tissues in the penis, increasing the flow of blood to them during an erection, thereby resulting in harder, longer erections.
A first generation product from the same manufacturer, VigRX, consisted of a proprietary blend of Panax ginseng, Serenoa repens, Gingko biloba, Crataegus laevigata, Ptychopetalum olacoides, Erythroxylum catuaba, Cuscuta chinensis, and Epimedium sagittatum extract.
Rho-kinase is an enzyme that plays an important role in maintaining the flaccid state of the penis and is considered as an emerging target for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
VigRX was able to inhibit Rho kinase, but at a very high concentration, thus requiring a fairly large dose to achieve desired results. Hence, three more ingredients Tribulus terrestris, Turnera diffusa, and Bioperine® (piperine) were added to the formulation.
The resulting new formulation was named VigRX Plus.
In male rats, treatment with VigRX Plus increased ejaculation frequency and serum testosterone concentration. The safety and efficacy profile of VigRX Plus has also been evaluated in humans, in a double blind, randomized placebo-controlled, parallel groups, multi-centre study. 78 men aged 25–50 years of age; suffering from mild to moderate erectile dysfunction (ED), participated in this study.
Based on the results of this trial, where international index of erectile function (IIEF) criteria such as orgasmic function, sexual desire, intercourse satisfaction, and overall satisfaction were evaluated, VigRX Plus was rated as very good to excellent in more than 50% patients; whereas placebo therapy was rated as fair to good in about 25% of patients.
VigRX Plus was safe and well- tolerated in this study. 62% of the patients reported an increase in the ability to maintain an erection and 47% reported an increase in sexual desire amongst other positive effects.
Further, provided below, is an evaluation of each herbal ingredient present in VigRX Plus and its potential role in natural sexual enhancement in men based on an independent literature search.
Interestingly, the manufacturers recommend two tablets daily on the VigRX Plus package, whereas in the clinical trial mentioned above, the study subjects were administered 2 tablets twice daily, leading to doubling of the daily dose of each ingredient that will be reviewed below.Read more
Korean Red Ginseng (Root)
Although only containing 200mg, the inclusion of Korean Red Ginseng root specifically where men’s sexual health is concerned has no doubt been selected for inclusion in VigRX Plus thanks to its ability to reduce the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
Although Panax Ginseng (another commonly used name for this ingredient) has been used for centuries for this very purpose (the natural treatment of erectile dysfunction), it’s only in recent years that specific studies have been undertaken to determine its effectiveness, whilst the compound itself is still not FDA approved for the treatment of impotence.
A study from 2002 [source] found that when 45 men with clinically confirmed erectile dysfunction took part in a double blind, placebo controlled study, 60% of those that received Korean red ginseng saw improved erections with the overall study showing significant improvement of erectile function.
Notably the study was undertaken over 2 eight week periods (with a 2 week period in the middle without consumption of Ginseng), whilst the dosage was a lot higher at 900mg, taken 3 times per day.
Beyond the benefits of sexual health it can also help to boost your immune system, fight diabetes and even improve your focus and concentration.
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
The first constituent in VigRX Plus is the root extract of Panax ginseng or Korean red ginseng at 200mg per serving of 2 tablets of the product.
Korean Red Ginseng is considered a potent antioxidant and immunity booster. Ginseng has also been reputed as an aphrodisiac, and is used to treat sexual dysfunction as well as to enhance sexual behaviour in traditional Chinese medical practices.
Data from animal studies have shown a positive correlation among ginseng, libido, and copulatory performances, and these effects have been confirmed in case-control studies in human.
Clinical study reports conclude that this herb can be an effective treatment for ED. In addition, ginseng is found to improve the sperm quality and count of healthy individuals as well as patients with treatment-related infertility.
These actions are mostly attributed to ginsenosides, the major pharmacological active components of ginseng. Researchers have concluded that red ginseng may be an effective alternative treatment for impotence.
Ginseng can help prevent colds and lessen the severity of heart disease symptoms. It may also be effective in increasing alertness, decreasing stress, and improving endurance.
Insomnia is the most common side effect of Korean ginseng. Less common effects include headache, agitation, upset stomach, and dizziness. Drugs such as corticosteroids and blood thinners should be used with caution while consuming products containing Korean ginseng.
Panax Ginseng tends to be taken in doses of 200 to 400mg daily although, no optimal dose of Korean ginseng is mentioned in the scientific literature.
Among the herbal constituents of VigRX Plus, only Korean red ginseng has been previously evaluated on the IIEF scale, in two double-blind, randomized, controlled studies. Overall, 60% of the patients answered that Korean red ginseng improved erection – numbers similar to the results obtained from the VigRX Plus clinical study.Read more
Saw Palmetto (Berry)
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) and it’s berries are widely used in supplements – for men, it can prevent hair loss, act as an anti-inflammatory and also improve urinary function.
There is suggestion that it can improve prostate health and also regulate hormones, specifically in relation to testosterone levels however it’s only via a recent study that these benefits have been officially proven.
The clinical study looked at 82 men who had BPH and symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
After 8 weeks of taking 320mg of Saw Palmetto on a daily basis, not only had prostate symptoms improved by 51% (based on the International Prostate Symptom Score) but participants saw a 40% improvement in the symptoms of erectile dysfunctions whilst also experiencing better sexual function and libido.
Notably the study was the first of it’s kind to show that this therapy has the ability to improve not just the symptoms of BPH but also, at the same time, the symptoms of sexual dysfunction.
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
The next component in VigRX Plus is the extract of berries of Serenoa repens or saw palmetto present at 200mg per serving (2 tablets).
Saw palmetto is a small shrub-like palm native to the southern United States. The fruits and extracts of saw-palmetto are taken orally as an herbal medicine to prevent prostatic hyperplasias. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate – has been shown to be correlated with lower quality of life in men, which may include reduced sexual function such as by erectile dysfunction.
Fatty acids and phytosterols of S. repens may act to inhibit an enzyme that is believed to contribute to BPH. Research shows that taking 320mg of saw palmetto daily for 2 months before prostate surgery can reduce the time spent in surgery, blood loss, the development of problems during surgery, and the total time spent in the hospital.
Saw palmetto is also used as a diuretic and urinary antiseptic. Some anti-cancer benefits have also been reported. Saw palmetto may also help prevent androgenic alopecia — a type of hair loss also known as male and female pattern baldness in men and women, respectively.
While proponents of saw palmetto claim that it helps to regulate testosterone levels, there is little evidence confirming this. Although, a specific formulation of saw palmetto has been shown to lead to smaller drops in libido and lower impotence compared to the conventional drug treatment for BPH, it is unclear whether saw palmetto has the same protective effect on the sexual well-being of healthy men.
Some studies also implicate saw palmetto supplements in reducing libido. The most frequently reported adverse events are abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea, fatigue, headache, decreased libido and rhinitis. It can increase bleeding when concurrently administered with warfarin and should be used with caution.
Immunostimulant and antihormonal actions have been noted, leading to caution about using saw palmetto containing preparations when hormonal therapies are being used at the same time.
Given the limited evidence supporting S. repens’ role in improving male sexual health, apart from the potential indirect benefits of alleviating the symptoms of BPH, the reasons for inclusion of this herbal component in VigRX Plus are unclear.Read more
Continuing on the theme of ingredients that strengthen the penis and also allow the ability to combat erectile dysfunction, Hawthorne (also known as Crataegus) has been used for treating cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and congestive heart failure.
That said, despite the fact that Hawthorn has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine, various clinical studies [source] of this compound seem to indicate that Hawthorn doesn’t actually have the ability to lower blood pressure and beyond this, there is no evidence to suggest that Hawthorn can effect flow mediated dilation – the widening of blood vessels which occurs when nitric oxide is released.
In the case of the VigRX Plus website where each ingredient is listed, the benefits of Hawthorn specifically focus on its high antioxidant properties, the ability to strengthen (rather than widen) blood vessels and the improved blood flow that will ultimately occur as a result of improving cholesterol levels and supporting a healthy heart.
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
The next component in VigRX Plus is the extract of Crataegus laevigata or hawthorn berries present at 200mg per serving (2 tablets).
Hawthorn berries, leaves and flowers are used primarily as a tonic to the heart, blood vessels and circulatory system to promote and protect their overall health and to improve or reverse degenerative changes in the heart, blood vessels and circulatory system as we age.
The chief heart and circulatory conditions where Hawthorn can be useful include angina, congestive heart failure, poor heart performance and output, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, high serum cholesterol and triglycerides, and atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.
In addition, Hawthorn is a hepatoprotective herb that improves bile flow and metabolism, and hence lipid and cholesterol metabolism by the liver.
As a mild sedative, Hawthorn is of value in the treatment of nervousness and anxiety, as well as mild cases of insomnia. Hawthorn berries also stimulate the bile and the gastric secretions, thereby having a digestive effect that helps to digest and remove accumulations of stagnant food in the digestive tract, especially high fat and/or high protein foods.
Rutin, quercetin and other flavonoids and antioxidants found in the berry, as well as the leaves and flowers, of Hawthorn have a tonic and protective effect on the arteries and blood vessels, and reduce the formation of arterial plaque while maintaining the health and elasticity of the blood vessels. These antioxidants in Hawthorn also protect the body from free radicals that lead to cell damage and premature aging.
This berry appears to have been included in the VigRX Plus formula primarily for its antioxidant and cardiovascular benefits. Doses of 160mg to 1,800mg of hawthorn divided and taken in 2-3 doses daily are typically prescribed for cardiac conditions.
It is generally considered safe but in some people, hawthorn can cause nausea, stomach upset, fatigue, sweating, headache, dizziness, palpitations, nosebleeds, insomnia, agitation, and other problems.
Hawthorn might slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. So, consumption of products containing hawthorn should be stopped 2 weeks in advance of a surgery. Products containing hawthorn should be used with caution when taking beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, nitrates, or digoxin.Read more
Ginkgo Biloba (Leaf)
Ginkgo Biloba is another key ingredient in VigRX Plus offering 200mg. The extract itself, can be taken from the root, bark or, in this case, the leaf of the Ginkgo Biloba tree.
It’s been used in Chinese medicine for many centuries and found its way into modern medicine thanks to its benefits of being a powerful antioxidant, its ability to fight inflammation, as well as improving brain function and reducing the symptoms of conditions such as dementia (although not conclusively proven).
In terms of men’s sexual health it can reduce anxiety and depression (great for potential bedroom nerve, performance related issues and general libido), whilst some research indicates that due to its ability to improve circulation and the health of your heart, it can help treat sexual dysfunction such as impotence.
In theory, thanks to its antioxidant properties, Ginkgo Biloba has the ability to increase nitric oxide levels in the blood which has ultimately lead to the assumption of its benefits where male arousal levels are concerned.
Although the principles of this conclusion make sense, unfortunately (as yet) clinical research has yet to show any definitive evidence to support the fact that Ginkgo Biloba does indeed aid symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
In testing Ginkgo Biloba has been shown to be no more effective than a placebo!
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
Ginkgo biloba leaf extract is also present at 200mg per serving of VigRX Plus. Ginkgo biloba is an ancient tree that the Chinese have cultivated and held sacred for its health-promoting properties for over two millennia.
In recent decades, concentrated extracts from Ginkgo biloba leaves (GBE) have been sold in Western countries as herbal medicines for treating peripheral vascular disease and for enhancing cerebral blood flow.
Indeed, a number of clinical trials have shown that Ginkgo biloba is effective in treating a wide range of problems associated with impaired circulation, including hearing problems, visual disturbances, edema, varicose veins, leg ulcers, stroke, as well as symptoms of cerebrovascular insufficiency, such as difficulties of concentration and memory, confusion, lack of energy, depressed mood, dizziness, and tinnitus.
It is best recognized as a treatment for dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and fatigue, although clinical evidence to support this claim is limited.
Ginkgo’s health benefits are thought to come from its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginkgo biloba facilitates blood flow, influences nitric oxide systems, and has a relaxant effect on smooth muscle tissue.
Ginkgo biloba has been shown to be effective in alleviating symptoms of sexual dysfunction secondary to anti-depressant treatment. In this study Ginkgo biloba had a positive effect on all 4 phases of the sexual response cycle: desire, excitement (erection and lubrication), orgasm, and resolution.
Given Ginkgo biloba’s ability to facilitate peripheral blood flow to various bodily regions, it is reasonable to speculate that it might also be effective in facilitating blood flow to the genital region, thus enhancing sexual arousal. Other than improving vascular flow to the genital region, Ginkgo biloba is also believed to directly affect prostaglandins which are known to enhance sexual arousal in men.
Ginkgo biloba has also been suggested to increase nitric oxide bioavailability, which may have a positive impact on sexual function. Dosages of Ginkgo biloba range from 60mg to 120mg twice daily which is similar to the recommended VigRX Plus dosage.
The common side effects are gastrointestinal disturbances, headache, and dizziness. Ginkgo biloba can adversely interact with simultaneously administered ibuprofen, warfarin, or other anti-coagulant drugs and therefore caution should be exercised in such instances. People with diabetes and those scheduled to undergo surgery should use Ginkgo biloba containing products with caution.Read more
Containing 200mg of Damiana, this wild shrub can have its leaf (in the case of VigRX Plus), stem or flowers used to produced a powerful aphrodisiac essentially increasing sexual desire and urges leading to an increased sex drive.
Damiana can be used for the treatment of both men’s and women’s sexual health – for the former, as well as increasing libido Damiana has been shown to aid in the process of achieving and maintaining an erection.
Damiana essentially slows down our digestive system and (as studies seem to indicate), increase the flow of oxygen to the male genitals.
Despite its ability to help you overcome anxiety and stress that occur as a result of the fear of a potential inadequate sexual performance, there are also suggestions that it will increase the sensitivity of your erogenous zones (such as your penis).
This therefore means that although Damiana may may help you more easily gain and maintain an erection, you might also find you start finishing a little sooner than you used to.
There are no document side effects to worry about, other than a potential, mild laxative effect.
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
The next component in VigRX Plus is the extract of Turnera diffusa leaves at 200mg per serving. T. diffusa, also known as “damiana,” is a small shrub common in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
Damiana leaf is traditionally thought to be a stimulant, aphrodisiac, tonic, diuretic, laxative, and useful to treat menstrual and pregnancy disorders. Aphrodisiac and psychoactive properties have been ascribed for centuries to Damiana.
Its leaves are usually boiled to make an infusion with the aim of intensifying sexual sensations. Concrete studies in human males are lacking, however, animal studies show promise. Sexually sluggish male rats treated with Damiana improved performance on the standard sexual parameters; they also exhibited reductions in the latencies to the onset of sexual response and to ejaculation.
Damiana’s potential for steroid-receptor binding may account for its purported effect on libido. The leaf extract also has potent antioxidant potential leading to free radical scavenging. Although, generally considered safe, Damiana consumption can lead to headache and insomnia in some users.
People with diabetes and those scheduled to undergo surgery should use Damiana containing products with caution. Taking Damiana containing products along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to go too low and hence requires close monitoring.Read more
Tribulus Terrestris (Vine)
Another yellow flowering botanical plant (meaning a drug that is made from the extract of plants), Tribulus Terrestris has primarily been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat and alleviate sexual disorders in both men and women.
In the case of men’s sexual health, Tribulus Terrestris is viewed as a strong herbal alternative to Viagra.
By elevating the levels of free testosterone as a result of increasing the abundance of luteinsing hormones (LH), men can experience better sperm quality, harder erections, the potential resolution of impotence and even the reduction of premature ejaculation symptoms.
Not only will Tribulus Terrestris aid the production of sex hormones, it also improves Nitric Oxide levels (a feature of a number of the other ingredients within the VigRX Plus formulation) and this helps the ability for an erection to be achieved as well as allowing the muscles in the penis to relax and improve blood flow.
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
VigRX Plus also contains the extract of the Tribulus terrestris vine at 150mg per serving of the product. Tribulus Terrestris, commonly known as puncture vine, has been used for a long time in both the Indian and Chinese systems of medicine for treatment of various kinds of diseases.
Its various parts contain a variety of chemical constituents which are medicinally important, such as flavonoids, flavonol glycosides, steroidal saponins, and alkaloids.
It has diuretic, aphrodisiac, immunomodulatory, antidiabetic, absorption enhancing, hypolipidemic, cardiotonic, central nervous system, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, anticancer, antibacterial, anthelmintic, larvicidal, and anticariogenic activities.
Its use has been shown to have a pro-erectile benefit through release of nitric oxide in animal studies. In sexually sluggish animals it proved to be a sexual enhancer and increased serum testosterone levels.
Increase in serum testosterone levels in human males was however
observed when Tribulus Terrestris was part of a combined supplement administration. The antioxidant properties of Tribulus Terrestris are also believed to contribute to its aphrodisiac potential.
It is suggested that some Tribulus Terrestris saponins work by increasing the conversion of testosterone into the potent dehydrotestosterone, which stimulates not only increase in the sex drive but also the production of red cells from the bone marrow along with muscular developments contributing to improvement of blood circulation and the oxygen transport systems, leading to optimal health.
Early research also shows that taking Tribulus can improve sexual satisfaction in men with erectile dysfunction. The dose of this herb typically used in research has been 500mg three times daily for 3 months.
Anti-diabetic drugs and lithium may interact adversely with Tribulus Terrestris. Tribulus has been used safely in research studies lasting up to 90 days. Side effects are usually mild and uncommon but might include stomach pain, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, constipation, excitation, difficulty sleeping.Read more
Catuaba 4:1 Extract (Bark)
There is 100mg of Catuaba at a 4:1 ratio in VigRX Plus, making the inclusion of this herb extract especially potent.
If you already suffer from high blood pressure, physical or mental fatigue, or a poor memory then chances are Catuaba will provide you with some added benefits beyond the purely sexual – you might even find it helps you get to sleep!
In terms of male sexual health, Catuaba lifts your mood and stimulates your central nervous system whilst it’s main appeal from its origins in Brazil come from its effects as a powerful aphrodisiac.
Beyond the enhancement to your libido, the sexual function is thought to occur as a result of the stimulation of your nervous system – this results in improved blood flow to the penis, which in turn leads to stronger erections that last for a longer period of time.
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
Yet another component in VigRX Plus is Erythroxylum catuaba present at 100mg per serving. Catuaba, derived from barks of large rainforest trees, was a popular remedy for erectile dysfunction in Brazil in the mid-nineteenth century.
It is still used there as an analgesic, central nervous system
stimulant, tonic and aphrodisiac, mainly by preparing hot infusions to drink. There is significant confusion around the exact species that is sought to furnish Catuaba.
Although, the VigRX Plus formula lists the source as Erythroxylum catuaba, the identification of this species is doubtful as no type specimen exists for comparison.
Such heterogeneity leads undoubtedly to difficulties regarding the identification of the traded bark. Consequently, information on the medicinal effects of the drug is unreliable if the plant source is not clearly defined.
Depending on the type of tree selected from the Brazilian rainforest, formulation characteristics will vary. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Catuaba.
Due to a lack of quality research, little is known about the safety of Catuaba in any form. However, Catuaba has been known to trigger side effects in some, including headaches, dizziness, and excessive sweating.
Although Catuaba is believed to be a CNS stimulant and useful in conditions of lowered libido, concrete studies to support these claims are lacking given the confusion around the tree source of this bark preparation. Limited studies which exist do not refer to Erythroxylum catuaba and therefore are not cited here.Read more
Muira Puama 4:1 Extract (Bark)
Muira Puama is often referred to as the “Viagra of the Amazon” with both its roots and bark used as an extract. You can buy Muira Puama as a supplement on its own from various health food stores, whilst the VigRX Plus formulation contains 100mg at a 4:1 extract taken from the bark of the Muira Puama plant.
It’s alternate name of “potency wood” gives a clear indication of what effect Muira Puama is likely to have on your sexual health!
Two specific studies [source] that tested Muira Puama on men with low libidos and symptoms of impotence, saw that 60-70% of participants experienced a notably improvement in the ability to achieve and maintain an erection whilst also increasing overall sexual desire.
As well as acting as a very powerful aphrodisiac and helping to resolve symptoms of erectile dysfunction, Muira Puama is also known to be an effective remedy for other conditions such as depression, joint pain, loss of appetite and upset stomach.
Although studies are rather limited in terms of highlighting the potential side effects of Muira Puama, the only notable concern at this stage is that it could potentially be the cause of sleep related problems such as insomnia.
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
VigRX Plus also contains Ptychopetalum olacoides, at 100mg per serving. Although used in Asia, P. olacoides, commonly known as muira puama, is actually the best known Amazonian folk medicine which increases libido and penile hardness.
The roots and bark of the plant are used in different preparations. The VigRX Plus formula uses a bark extract of this plant. It acts as a nerve stimulant to heighten receptiveness to sexual stimuli as well as physical sensation of sex.
Rich in sterols e.g., sitosterol, campesterol and lupol, it activates the body’s receptors for hormones like testosterone to heighten libido and enhance performance. Also present are volatile oils which help restore sex drive and inner depth of libido and mental ability to be
Clinical studies have shown muira puama to be effective in improving libido and treating erectile dysfunction.
Muira puama extracts have also been reported to have adaptogenic, anti-fatigue, anti-stress, and have beneficial effects on the central nervous system. Traditionally the roots and stem of this plant have been used to treat neuromuscular disorders, such as paralysis, too.
Information on common side effects and interactions with other drugs is not available at this time. Enough scientific information to determine a safe and effective dose is also not available.Read more
Cuscuta 4:1 Extract (Seed)
Cuscuta, also known as Dodder Seed is an extract taken from the seeds of the Cuscuta – a parasitic plant that latches on to other “host” plant in order to satisfy its needs for nutrition and water.
Used originally in Chinese medicine, Cuscuta offers a variety of benefits with modern research focusing primarily on its ability to stimulate the production of testosterone (albeit studies are focused around non-human research).
Despite containing only 50mg at a 4:1 extract ratio, it’s a powerful addition to VigRX Plus with it helping to improve sperms production and quality as well as increasing sexual drive and stamina.
In terms of negative side effects, taking Cuscuta does often result in constipation as a result of it decreasing the flow of fluid throughout the body.
If you start experience difficult bowel movements, then i’d definitely suggest simply increasing your fluid intake by drinking more water to initially overcome this symptom.
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
Another component in VigRX Plus is Cuscuta chinensis seed extract at 50mg per serving. This plant is commonly used in traditional medicine as a tonic and aphrodisiac in China and other Asian countries.
It is often used as a functional food by adding to alcoholic beverages or porridge to improve sexual potency and vision, and prevent abortion.
Several beneficial flavonoids, polysaccharides, alkaloids, steroids, volatile oils, lignans are reported. Several studies have shown this extract to have hepatoprotective, renoprotective, skin protective and
anti-aging benefits in animals and humans.
The Cuscuta seed extract has been shown to cause relaxation of penile tissue and activate the nitric oxide pathway thereby improving symptoms of ED in animal studies. Improvement in sperm motility has also been attributed to this extract.
Very recently C. chinensis flavonoids have been shown to alleviate the adverse effects of the common plastic contaminant BPA on mouse testicular development. Both in vitro and in vivo studies of Cuscuta extracts show potential improved effects in both male and
female reproductive system including improved fertility.
Oral consumption of Cuscuta is generally regarded as safe and highly uncommon side effects may include stomach upset and diarrhea. Not enough scientific information on drug interactions and safe dose for Cuscuta exists.Read more
Epimedium 4:1 Extract (Leaf)
Last on the list of VigRX Plus ingredients is 30mg (in the form of a 4:1 extract) of Epimedium – a plant that goes by a variety of different names including Barrenwort, Yin Yang Huo and Horny Goat Weed.
We’ve seen Epimedium included in the likes of Max Performer at much higher levels, yet the rather concentrated version in VigRX Plus still provides some distinct benefits and helps to support the other ingredients in the overall blend.
Although Epimedium can be used to improve the sexual health of women, for men, Horny Goat Weed is well known as a remedy for erectile dysfunction.
It’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries with its leaves being used as a powerful natural aphrodisiac as well as treatment for other health problems relating to the kidneys and bones.
For men, Horny Goat Weed helps to increase testosterone production (which we know improves the ability to achieve and maintain an erection), boost blood circulation, whilst also living up to its name by improving libido.
Importantly, if you’re on any prescription medications that are designed to treat high blood pressure, thin your blood, help treat heart disease, thyroid problems, or an irregular heartbeat you should definitely check with a medical professional before taking VigRX Plus or any other supplement that contains Epimedium.
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
VigRX Plus also contains Epimedium sagittatum leaf extract at 30mg per serving. Commonly known as horny goat weed, this is an herb that has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is used for treating low libido, ED, fatigue, pain, and other conditions.
Lab studies have shown that a compound (icariin) present in this herb blocks the effects of the PDE5 enzyme that restricts blood flow to the penis. This activity is similar to that of other clinically used drugs for ED.
In addition to an erectogenic role, it has been suggested that icariin has testosterone-mimetic properties. These effects lend credence to the use of horny goat weed for the management of sexual problems.
Early research suggests that it may have properties that can keep bones strong, protect the nerves, and support the immune system. At this time, there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for horny goat weed.
Products containing this herb should be used with caution if the user is taking anti-hypertensive or anti-coagulant medication.
Safety of the horny goat weed extract has been demonstrated following oral consumption up to a six-month period. Long-term use of horny goat weed might cause dizziness, vomiting, dry mouth, thirst, and nosebleed.Read more
Bioperine is one of my favourite compounds, not because it specifically improves your sexual health or penile function, but because it supercharges other ingredients.
A lot of nutrients from a penis pill are discarded as they travel through the digestive system, hence why penis patches are so effective given they allow ingredients to be absorbed through the skin and reach the bloodstream in much stronger, higher concentrations.
In the case of Bioperine, absorption rates can be enhanced by up to 30% – this means any male enhancement supplement that contains Bioperine will generally work considerably faster and be vastly more effective.
Notably clinical research [source] has been undertaken to illustrate how effective Bioperine can be in regards to absorption rates, although these studies have only focused on a small handful of ingredients (notably non of which are included in VigRX Plus).
That said, it’s highly likely that Bioperine provides improved absorption for many, if not all ingredients in the VigRX Plus formulation and no doubt is a key reason why the blend of ingredients is so effect in comparison to non-Bioperine supplements.
Dr Shalaka Samant Says…
VigRX Plus also contains Bioperine at 10mg per serving as an absorption enhancer. Bioperine is a patented extract obtained from black pepper fruits standardized to deliver 95% piperine.
It is reputed to increase the body’s ability to absorb active ingredients; stimulate cellular energy, and improve blood flow and stamina. It can increase the bioavailability of other ingredients, it is combined with, by up to 30%.
It has been assigned a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status after a comprehensive review of safety and toxicology data. The suggested oral dose for Bioperine is 5mg used 3 times daily which is slightly higher than the amount present in every serving of VigRX Plus.
It may also have immune-suppressing, tumor-inhibiting and antidepressant effects. One potential adverse effect of piperine is that it may enhance the absorption of medicines, bringing them to dangerous levels in the blood stream and co-administering it with certain medicines should be done with caution. Rare side effects of
Bioperine, if any, are skin rashes, decreased appetite, and irritability.Read more
VigRX Plus Clinical Study
The VigRX Plus clinical study [source] that has been undertaken on VigRX Plus is a key factor in identifying and showing the effectiveness of the overall blend of ingredients.
In this review i feel it’s well worth taking a much closer look at the clinical data collected given its rare for a product of this type to go to such lengths to legitimately and scientifically justify the results you can achieve.
The clinical data is not based on the individual specific ingredients but more the overall blend of VigRX Plus which has been undertaken specifically in relation to this product.
The entire report and study which was published in 2010 is 52 pages in length; you can read the entire detailed document on the VigRX Plus website [source] however in this section of my review I’m just going to break down the core findings and how they relate to the rather valid claims that are made about this male enhancement pill.
The study consisted of 75 men – half taking VigRX Plus, the other half taking a placebo. Ages ranged from 25-50 years old.
The objectives of the VigRX Plus study were to:
- Assess the benefit based on those with erectile dysfunction
- Determine how the capsules could benefit male sexual health
- Evaluate the safety of VigRX Plus
- Ascertain the benefits on sperm count, motility, semen volume and serum testosterone levels
The study itself was based over a 12 week consumption of VigRX Plus however interestingly the final report seems to indicate that each participant had a 2 capsule serving, not once, but twice a day which is double the amount actually given and suggested in a standard 1 month supply.
Remembering that the age range went up to 50 and that some of the participants clearly had some degree of erectile dysfunction, the VigRX Plus Clinical Study found that, in just 84 days there was a:
- 71% improvement in intercourse satisfaction
- 62% increase in the ability to maintain an erection
- 61% increase in libido
- 58% increase in the ability to penetrate a partner
- 47% improvement in overall desire and sexual drive
- 22% increase in quality and frequency of ejaculations
Based on such a detailed clinical study, there are clearly merits to taking VigRX Plus with the majority of participants who didn’t receive the placebo saying they would continue taking VigRX Plus following the study.
Based on the combination of ingredients, the clinical study and the numerous user reviews, the ability for VigRX Plus to give you bigger, harder, longer last erections and a host of other benefits is ultimately very accurate and well founded.
VigRX Plus Money Back Guarantee
In the male enhancement industry, whether we’re talking pills, patches, pumps or extenders there is always some incentive designed to increase your confidence in the product – a window of time where you can test the product out and if it doesn’t work for you, return it for a full or partial refund (depending on the terms and conditions).
VigRX Plus and for that matter all products manufactured and sold by the parent company Leading Edge Health, attract a 67 day money back guarantee.
What this means is you can try the product for 60 days and then you have a further 7 days to return it.
The refund covers the price of the package you purchased however excludes any original shipping fees, the cost to return all empty or unopened boxes and could possibly attract handling charges (as stated in the VigRX Plus terms and conditions).
The wording on the website keeps mentioning the fact that they invite customers to try VigRX Plus for 60 days (2 containers) – this therefore seemingly means that the 30 day (1 container) supply is exempt from the money back guarantee policy.
This is hardly surprising given the fact that the clinical study was taken over a 12 week (3 month period) and although some people will no doubt see results within the first month, the build up of ingredients in your system will accumulate and produce better results in the second month of usage.
Realistically you’ll likely have to confirm that you’ve taken VigRX Plus consistently over a 60 day period before then being able to qualify for that return and refund. If you’ve taken VigRX Plus properly though, I really can’t see why you wouldn’t have started seeing results!
Importantly if you do qualify for that return and refund, you must make sure that your return arrives within that 67 day window – there are a few complaints dotted around the web where peoples returns arrived just 1 day late and as a result weren’t eligible for their refund.
VigRX Plus are very, very strict with the timescales so in the unlikely event that you do need to return your order, make sure you use tracked delivery so you have proof of the date of receipt once your return arrives.
How Much Does VigRX Plus Cost?
Given an amazing array of ingredients, with greatly enhanced absorption rates, VigRX Plus is an impressive product.
With its popularity however and no doubt as a result of the cost incurred by having a Doctor endorsement, not to mention the massive investment in both time and cost to undertake a clinical study, makes the pricing of VigRX Plus a little on the expensive side.
A 1 month supply of VigRX Plus comes in at however if you use our exclusive discount code – PER10 – you’ll get a 10% discount on any package size.
With the discount applied the price drops to with a price per serving equating to .
Where to Buy VigRX Plus
If you’re considering where to buy VigRX Plus and you’ve spotted it for sale on Amazon, Ebay or some other strange website pretending to be the VigRX Plus official website – DON’T!
There are a lot of fake VigRX pills on the market and the ONLY place to safely purchase authentic VigRX Plus is via the official website.
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There’s definitely big savings to be made on the larger package sizes – order any 3 month or larger package and you’ll get free international shipping, whilst a 12 month supply (with PER10 discount applied) brings the monthly price per box down to or the equivalent of per serving.
Even buying the massive 12 month supply means the price per serving is still more expensive per serving when compared against the 6 month supply of our favoured male enhancement pill – Max Performer.
That said, despite having to commit to a 12 month supply of VigRX Plus with a slightly higher overall cost per serving, you do get a couple of bonus products including access to ErectionFitness, a bottle of Semenax, free shipping and of course the obligatory 67 day money back guarantee.
Personally I think especially on the higher packages they could offer more in terms of the bonuses given the overall price points!
Ultimately quality and recognition from the medical community (in the case of a well renowned Dr and a clinical study), along with huge popularity and more than likely a high number of customers purchasing repeat orders means that VigRX Plus is a rather expensive if proven means of enhancing your penis, virility and overall sexual health.
Does VigRX Plus Work? My Verdict!
Put simply there is no denying this male enlargement pill works – there is no way that VigRX Plus would still exist after more than a decade if it didn’t produce results.
It’s clear that the popularity of VigRX Plus and subsequently the level of sales over this male enhancement pills lifetime (more than 1 million boxes so far), is based on its results and clinical data making it one of the most recognised and reputable penis pills on the market.
In terms of the results that I got when trying VigRX Plus out for around 2 months, I was expecting this male enhancement supplement to kick in and work perhaps quicker than it did.
There were a few subtle effects of improved libido, arousal strength and quite an improvement in energy levels however the real increase in horniness and urge to have more sex didn’t seem to kick in until around week 3.
It was around week 4 that my sex drive seemed to suddenly increase, whilst my arousal levels seemed to get better and better during the course of weeks 5-8. By the middle of month 2 my erection strength was notably harder and fuller and my sex drive was definitely enhanced.
As I highlighted from the data in the clinical study, the recommended dosage and the amount that I’ve been consuming during this test is 2 pills per day, this compares to double the dosage consumed by those on the clinical trial hence why the results i experienced during the 8 week period were likely slower in comparison to those undertaking the study.
I think if i had continued taking VigRX Plus beyond the 8 weeks, the following months would have likely seen further improvement in results as the level of ingredients in my body continued to build up and produce even better results.
VigRX Plus Reviews
Products like VigRX Plus work differently person to person – I think this male enhancement pill is a really good, if rather expensive way to improve your sexual function and libido levels however if you’ve tried VigRX Plus then please provide us with your own unbiased review of this product.
Did VigRX Plus work for you? Would you recommend this product to other men? Let us know by rating VigRX Plus below.
Should I Buy VigRX Plus?
Maybe! The reason I say maybe, is not because of the ingredients – the customer reviews and clinical studies clearly show that the formula of VigRX Plus really works, and it’s highly effective – but more the cost!
VigRX Plus is an expensive product and even if you use discount code PER10 for a 10% discount, like for like on a 6 month supply, Max Performer (which is probably one of my favourite male enhancement pills) is massively cheaper!
That is a rather massive difference in price especially given Max Performer has a very good blend of ingredients, includes Bioperine and (in our tests and other customer reviews) has been shown to be highly effective, producing amazing results.
The premium price point of VigRX Plus is no doubt due to the medical backing – having a doctor endorsement and having undertaken a proper clinical study that is specific to VigRX Plus and not simply existing studies based on the individual ingredients, is never cheap however does add considerable authority and transparency to the effectiveness of the VigRX Plus pills.
In my view VigRX Plus is the market leading male enhancement pill!
If you can fully invest yourself and afford the 12 month supply, the price per month () is actually very comparable to other competitor penis pills however forking out (using our PER10 discount code for that 10% discount) for a year long supply, is a big cost and time investment albeit with the advantage of access to the ErectionFitness jelqing exercise program (which will allow you to permanently increase your penile size) and a few bonuses.
If the price is a concern then i’d suggest buying Max Performer instead, however if you want the best penis pill that has the backing of the medical community and literally thousands of existing satisfied customers, VigRX Plus is most definitely the male enhancement pill for you!
VigRX Plus Questions & Answers
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