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ArginMax

ArginMax is a sexual health formula developed and marketed by GNC which contains various vitamins and minerals as well as a few somewhat effective erectile-aids…

 

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ArginMax is a sexual health formula developed and marketed by GNC which contains various vitamins and minerals as well as a few somewhat effective erectile-aids…[Skip to the Bottom Line]

ZINC:

Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is required for a wide range of bodily functions, the most well-documented of which is its role in immune function, but zinc has also been studied for its role in testosterone production. A 2005 study noted that men with fertility issues stemming from low testosterone also had low plasma zinc levels, indicating a possible correlation. Further research has shown that zinc effective increases testosterone only in individuals with zinc deficiencies resulting in low testosterone. People who eat a diet with plenty of meats and seafood (especially shellfish) receive enough dietary zinc to fulfill all physiological needs, including testosterone production. So, while there is no evidence to suggest that 15mg of zinc can increase testosterone in healthy individuals, there is no evidence to suggest it may be harmful either.

ARGININE:

A 1999 study, which sought to determine if supplemental arginine was a sound alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction, found that arginine (5 grams daily for 6 weeks) significantly improved subjective measures of sexual function only in subjects who initially had low nitric oxide levels. However, a 2000 placebo controlled cross-over study found that arginine, at a dose of 1500mg daily for 17 days, failed to produce a statistically significant effect with regards to erectile dysfunction as compared to the placebo. In a 2003 study, researchers investigated the effects of increased NO on erectile dysfunction using two alleged NO increasing substances: l-arginine (1.7 grams daily) and Pycnogenol. During the first month, subjects only received arginine and only 5% reported improved symptoms of erectile dysfunction. During the second month, subjects received 80mg Pycnogenol daily in addition to the arginine, and 80% reported improvement. During the third month, the dose of Pycnogenol was increased by 40mg to 120mg and 92.5% of the subjects reported experiencing normal erections. While the researchers concluded that a combination of arginine and Pycnogenol was an effective alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction, it is important to note the arginine by itself was ineffective. It wasn’t until the addition of Pycnogenol that subjects showed significant improvement. As evidenced by the previously mentioned study, it appears as though low doses of arginine (1.5 or 1.7 grams) are not significantly effective at treating erectile dysfunction. Furthermore, the evidence suggests that large doses (5 grams) may only be effective in individuals with low NO levels.

KOREAN (ASIAN) GINSENG):

A 2002 study, published “The Journal of Urology” found that subjects suffering from erectile dysfunction who consumed 900mg of Korean Ginseng extract three times daily for 8 weeks experienced significant improvement. The researchers in this study concluded that “Korean red ginseng can be as effective alternative for treating male erectile dysfunction.” These findings were corroborated by a 2007 study which found that subjects (also with erectile dysfunction) who consumed 1000mg of red ginseng twice daily experienced all around significant improvement. The results of these two studies, combined with the preliminary findings that prompted them, indicate that Korean Ginseng is in fact an effective alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction. However, ArginMax only contains 100mg, much less than what has proven effective at treating erectile dysfunction. It is possible that a small benefit may still be derived, but more research would be required to evaluate such small doses.

GINGKO BILOBA:

Gingko, while commonly used as a nootropic, has been under investigation for a variety of applications, including as a potential alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction. Gingko has long been used in alternative medicine for ED because of its alleged ability to enhance blood flow via increasing nitric oxide. However, a 2011 study found elevated dopamine levels in rats that were given Gingko extract. Dopamine has been identified as a major influence on sexual response, and this offers an alternative mechanism of action by which Gingko may improve erectile function. However, the evidence is far from conclusive, and a good deal of research would be needed before drawing any conclusions about Gingko as a treatment for erectile dysfunction.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Arginmax contains Arginine, Red Ginseng, and Gingko, all of which have shown varying degrees of promise in separate studies. However, the doses of the ingredients themselves might be where ArginMax falls short. Red Ginseng is the most scientifically validated ingredient in the formula, but with only 100mg, ArginMax contains nowhere near the amount which has been shown to be effective in several studies. Aside from these ingredients, the formula is the same as a multivitamin.

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