When it comes to supplements promising flat tummies, bigger muscles and overall better health, don't fall for the hype. That goes for all sorts of supplements, especially those of an intimate nature. A new study has found that supplements sold online to help men experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED) are a waste of money.
Researchers found there was no scientific evidence to prove that 17 of the 21 ingredients found in various ED supplements worked as advertised. The study, by the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, looked at the six best selling supplements on Amazon in September 2018.
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Researchers discovered that the supplements only had four ingredients backed by studies suggesting they could help men with ED. The ingredients were ginseng, l-arginine, tribulus terrestris and maca root.
The team of Baylor scientists was led by Dr. Alexander Pastuszak. In the group's report he wrote, "Physicians must be aware of the ingredients in these supplements to better counsel patients about the efficacy of these supplements.
'Although consumer reviews hosted on [erectile dysfunction] online product pages prominently tout product efficacy, primary evidence supporting positive effects of these products on ED symptoms is lacking."
At the end of their paper, the scientists suggested people should be cautious about using supplements until better data on human studies is published.
The research team also concluded that there was no reason to buy these supplements "particularly in light of the availability of highly effective FDA-approved drugs and increasingly affordable therapeutic options."
Medically approved drugs that help men struggling to get an erection include Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and Spedra.
There are tons of fake ED supplement reviews on Amazon and other sites
The research also found almost half of the reviews on Amazon for ED supplements were "untrustworthy." About 90% of reviews claiming the supplements increased sexual satisfaction were filtered out for being suspicious.
Although the supplements studied showed no efficacy in treating men with ED, at least the ingredients were not dangerous. The internet is flooded with fake Viagra pills that not only don't help men with ED, they could actually make them very ill.
Pfizer, the maker of Viagra, studied some of the counterfeit pills. What they found was disturbing. To try to make the little blue pill look like the real deal, counterfeiters used blue printer ink. In an effort to keep the pill from breaking down, some counterfeiters used drywall.
Pfizer researchers also found Metronidazole, an antibiotic that can cause an allergic reaction and some serious gastrointestinal side effects. And in some fakes, they found amphetamines.
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