Pulse Ingredient Spotlight
Pulse is our mood and libido enhancer. Pulse is primarily designed with women in mind, but men and women can both benefit from its powerful formulation. Pulse tackles your stress and anxiety, helps you feel better about the world and your body, and helps get your engines running. One thing that customers love about Pulse, beyond how it makes them feel, is its delicious, chocolatey and maple syrup taste. We scoped out each ingredient found in Pulse for you below.
Velvet Antler Extract
Velvet antler extract is our signature ingredient. Given our current product line up, velvet antler extract is featured in every tincture that we sell because it's so versatile and powerful. Velvet antler extract has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years to help enliven and inspire sexual prowess. In fact, ancient Chinese practitioners explicitly called out velvet antler extract in some of their earliest writings for its positive effects on the, we're not joking they really called it this, "lower cave."
Depending on your unique body, there are many pathways by which velvet antler extract could impact your sexual health. Velvet antler extract might help increase your circulation and blood flow. It also could have a balancing effect on your hormone levels. A study done on mice showed that velvet antler extract "produced a significant improvement in the sexual function of aging male mice. Serum testosterone level and intratesticular testosterone concentration also increased."
Velvet antler extract can also be effective in making your body leaner and stronger because of the presence of growth factors within it. It also has a potent rejuvenating effect on your hair, skin, and nails.
Ashwagandha is a powerhouse herb. It's been used in Ayurvedic medicine for millenia. Ashwaganda is so essential to Ayurveda that it's often called "Indian Ginseng," because it's as important to Ayurveda as ginseng is to traditional Chinese medicine. Ashwagandha can do a number of wonderful things for you.
It's been shown to help make you smarter and protect your brain. In a study done with female rats, the rats that were given ashwagandha "...showed significant improvement in their working memory and locomotor coordination." In the same study, researchers observed that the rats who were given ashwaganda showed more markers of neural plasticity --- also known as an improved ability to learn and for your brain to change and grow. Additionally, ashwagandha has been shown to improve markers of neurodegeneration.
It's been shown to reduce the effects of anxiety and stress. A review of several studies related to ashwagandha and stressed showed that in all studies, participants' perception of their stress and anxiety decreased when taking ashwagandha. In fact one of these studies measured the levels of cortisol, a major stress hormone, in the participants' blood. Participants who were taking ashwagandha saw decreased levels of cortisol versus the group taking a placebo.
Girl, it gets you toned up. Related to the above mentioned studies that used ashwagandha to reduce stress, another study researched the effect ashwagandha had on chronically stressed and overweight adults. As you likely know, stress and elevated cortisol levels can contribute to people being overweight or obese. What this study found was that overweight individuals under chronic stress who took ashwagandha not only felt reduced stress (and lower cortisol levels), but they also saw decreased body weight.
It straight up has positive effects on sexual function. A double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study found that women taking ashwagandha saw improved sexual function in the areas of arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and the number of sexual encounters. The researchers noted that women might feel more likely to engage in sex and enjoy it when taking ashwagandha because of its anti-stress effects. Women engage in less sexual activity when they're stressed. Additionally, ashwaghanda has testosterone boosting effects.
Tribulus has been used for thousands of years to help treat sexual disfunction in many parts of the world. Ancient practicioners from China, India, Sudan, and Pakistan all hailed tribulus as a potent sexual force. One study found that women with a hypoactive (underactive) sex drive who took tribilus experienced an increase in their sexual thoughts, arousal, desire, lubrication, and satisfaction.
Another study showed that tribulus can help women balance their hormones. Tribulus was administered to a group of women with PCOs and their cycles regulated. In addition to increasing sexual desire and regulating hormones, tribulus also has an energizing effect.
Lots of research indicates that the number one reason why women experience a lack in sex drive, arousal, and enjoyment is... STRESS. Stress does some pretty nasty things to your mind, spirit, and body - including incite inflammation and oxidation in your body. That's why we turned to muira puama, an herbal, jam packed antioxidant machine from the Brazilian rainforest. Used for centuries by indigenous practitioners for a host of ailments, muira puama has been scientifically validated to be anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative.
Maca is another superfood hailing from South America. Used for generations, maca serves many purposes in Pulse's formulation. Some research indicates that maca has a mighty ability to improve your cognitive function. Some people revere maca for its nootropic effects because it's been shown to boost focus, memory, and energy levels. Maca also has a strong effect on mood improvement. It helps relieve stress and anxiety. Sexually, researchers have observed that maca not only improves women's sexual function from desire to arousal to orgasm, but it also can help women adjust negative feelings about past sexual experiences.
Horny Goat Weed
As the name might imply, horny goat weed, or barrenwort, or epimedium, is a noted aphrodisiac. Used for centuries, this herb by many names is noted for improving and increasing blood flow and circulation. As you probably know, increased blood flow can help increase sensation all over your body during sex. Horny goat weed has also shown to have hormone balancing effects. Also interesting to note is that horny goat weed can help improve your body composition. Some research has observed improved lean body mass and stronger bones in subjects taking horny goat weed. Additionally, some individuals report an increase in energy levels.