Male Extra has an interesting ingredient list, it's completely proprietary. I covered the basics on the ingredients in my review, but because I am the type of guy that does his due diligence I took some extra time on wikipedia reading about the claims each ingredient has had attributed to it. The list is pretty simple, they are all things you have likely heard of before- and seen for sale at your local GNC or Vitamin Shop.
Most of these can be found in a Monster energy drink, with the exception of Pomegranate of course. Pomegranate is the primary ingredient here that stands out. Still, for the sake of being thorough, every ingredients claims are listed and discussed below. First lets take a look at Pomegranates and why they are being used in a male enhancement blend.
ED can be caused by a myriad of issues which plague men, including arterial plaque, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, nerve damage, endocrine imbalance or depression. Pomegranate juice- It's full of antioxidants, more anxioxidants than any other fruit. Anxioxidants control free radicals in the blood stream, which in turn has positive effects on blood flow, circulation and can even reverse arterial plaque development. The reduction of free radicals, and improved blood circulation drastically improve mood, energy levels, and erection quality.
This is not just for Male Extra brand pomegrante- Here are the results of a clinical study testing the effectiveness of POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice' effectiveness in minimizing the effects of ED (source);
A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover pilot study examined the efficacy of pomegranate juice versus a placebo in improving erectile function in a study of 61 male subjects. Every man had experienced ED for at least 3 months time, was in a stable sexual relationship, and agreed to attempt intercourse once per week during the study.
First 4 Weeks- Each subject was assigned to drink either 8oz of POM Wonderful (pomegranate juice available at most grocery stores) or 8oz of a placebo. One glass daily with their meal or shortly after.
Next 2 Weeks- subjects were instructed not to consume any study beverage and to use no ED treatments. After the two week flush, they then were instructed to drink the opposite beverage for another four weeks. Efficacy was assessed after each four week test period.
46% of the subjects reported dramatically improved erections while drinking the pomegranate juice.
32% reported improved erection with the placebo.
Compare that to a 24 week trial of Cialis, where 73% reported the drug as beneficial, and 26% experienced the placebo effect.
Male Edge packs a lot more than one glass of pomegranate juice into their formula, making it much more potent than a glass of POM.
Is a semi-essential amino acid and most people get plenty of it from seafood, dairy products, and wheat based foods. It's a precursor to Nitric Oxide in the body (which improves blood flow to your manhood among other areas) and is responsible for reducing the healing time of injuries, and decreasing blood pressure. I personally supplement with Arginine pills on the side because they relax me and help me get a better workout at the gym. Finally, arginine has been used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction, and been proven effective for this use when taken with other complimentary ingredients.
Zinc is the most common mineral in the human body after Iron. Almost any label you look at for almost any food you bought in the store will contain zinc. Its primarily used in the body to regulate the immune system and maintain normal body function. Surprisingly, Zinc is essential in the bodies production of male sex hormones. A deficiency in zinc will make arousal impossible, and eventually lead to impotence. I was pretty impressed they included this, since no other erection pills do and because it is vital for every man to become aroused.
MSM - Methylsulfonylmethane:
MSM has also been called "the beauty mineral", and is responsible for collagen synthesis throughout the body, including the penis. This stuff is basically organic sulfur. Most people get enough of it through meat, dairy, vegetables and fruits however its a sensitive little guy and breaks down during food processing. If you eat organic then you get plenty, if you eat a lot of processed foods you don't. MSM is used to relieve stress, detoxify the body, and most importantly increase circulation to the penis. Because MSM is helps keep collagen from breaking down, its rumored it will also"beautify" your manhood and keep it looking healthy.
Creatine is very common, every guy who lifts can tell you all about it. It decreases muscle fatigue during high stress, which helps with longer lasting erections in the bedroom.
Cordyceps is responsible for normalizing hormone levels, and has been used as a stimulant and a tonic. Theoretically, if your testosterone level was low, an increased intake of cordyceps would aid in raising your testosterone level to its normal state. It has been used by the Chinese for centuries as a treatment for sexual dysfunction, and has been proven in clinical trials to increase erection strength and duration. The best source of Cordyceps is catepillar larva, so unless you're into eating insects you should supplement via a pill like Male Extra.
Niacin is another one that you can find listed on most multivitamin labels and energy drink nutrition facts. Its responsible for energy production, and if you take normal Niacin you'll get flush red and itchy hot. It also helps the body process fats, and opens arteries throughout the body which increases blood flow. More blood flow means a stronger erection.