Analysis and Clinical Review of VolumePills™
Name of Product: (as Trademarked) VolumePills™
Product also described as: Volume Pills
Trademark Status: TM Ownership- Leading Edge Health (Bahamas)
Purchase Price: $65 (month supply / 60 tablets)
Listed Manufacturer: None
Listed Distributor: Leading Edge Health
Contact (Address, Tel., Email): Address provided
Label Claims: “Ejaculate 500% more.” “Bigger, thicker, longer erections.”
Stated Content Weight: 1482mg (1458 proprietary blend).
Ingredient Analysis: VolumePills™ list the following ingredients: Zinc gluconate, Drilizen™, Solidin™, Ling Zhi, Emblica Officinalis, Fucus Vesiculosis, Hong Hua Fen, Rou gui, Tian Men Dong, Xian Mao, Dong Chong Xia Cao, Ku Gua, Arjuna, 4,5,7 trihydroxyflavone.
Overall Impression: VolumePills™ first two listed proprietary blend ingredients are the trademarked names “Drilizen™” and “Solidilin™" but no list of the botanical(s) or other materials that may comprise them is provided. Placement of Drilizen™ and Solidilin™ in this location on the ingredient list under FDA guidelines implies that, by weight, these two substances are the most prevalent in the Volume Pills proprietary blend.
The FDA permits manufacturers to use “fanciful names” to describe proprietary blends (such as “Drilizen™ or Solidilin™), but per FDA 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 101.36(b)(2) and (c) the individual ingredients that make up that blend must be clearly listed. Consumers right to be aware of the dietary ingredients they are taking and federal regulations far outweigh a manufacturer’s desire to keep their formula “a secret.” Bottom line- quantities can be concealed, but the ingredients themselves may not. A label fashioned in this manner would not pass our quality assurance or regulatory reviews.
A “members page” of the volumepills.com website was found to disclose "Protodioscin" as an ingredient of Drilizen™. Protodioscin is a familiar steroidal saponin used in countless male enhancement pills. Most often it's in the form of Tribulus Terrestris extract. If this is the big secret behind their #1 ingredient by weight, the product is no powerhouse. Studies of rats and rabbits showed some promise, but human studies of the ingredient haven’t proven Protodioscin to be a safe, effective sexual enhancement choice.
The description from this page later states “Drilizen(‘s), Zinc, Taj and Momordica take care of the physical side.” Zinc (as Zinc gluconate) is listed in the amount of 24mg which makes its use in the “proprietary blend” questionable since ingredients for which “daily values” (DV) have been established must be listed individually with a quantity and percent of DV. Many all-natural male enhancement pills include Zinc and tout “Zinc promotes nitric oxide release which will produce bigger, harder erections."
So let's talk about zinc. Zinc supplementation is a horribly exploited fantasy in the sexual enhancement pill business- the stories (like the one presented by Volume Pills) usually begin with presentation of zinc as impacting the nitric oxide pathway, then discussion of the subsequent cascade of reactions promoting nitric oxide production, all leading to increased blood flow and better erections. This scenario is usually accompanied by a textbook drawing of the male anatomy, description of said anatomy becoming engorged with blood and a stock photo of a guy in a white labcoat (presumably an approving doctor). The challenge here- you are being offered a solution for a problem you likely do not have. Consider a crappy diet consisting of: corn flakes for breakfast, a burrito for lunch and two slices of cheese pizza for dinner. This provides over 60mg worth of zinc (and a more well-balanced diet would provide even more). Zinc deficiency is rare in the U.S. and taking an extra 24mg is not going to impact someone without deficiency.
Taj (Extract) sounds fancy, but it's just a less-often used name for “Cinnamon Bark Extract.” It is a common ingredient from traditional Chinese medicine, but in modern times, studies of cinnamon bark have suggested several potential health benefits for humans, but none related to sexual health and performance when taken orally.
Momordica charantia (Bitter Melon) rounds out the Drilizen™ ingredients disclosed on the Volume Pills website. Bitter Melon is an odd choice and VolumePills™ are one of the few all natural male enhancement pills to include it in their formulation. We like this ingredient in general because early research has shown it may hold promise for helping our diabetic friends, but like the cinnamon bark, there is no sexual health benefit for men.
Solidilin™ is further described on the Volume Pills members page as follows: “Reishi Mushrooms and Musli make sure that the motivation grows and pleasure follows…. Solidilin also contains L-Dopa.” Reishi mushrooms are an odd choice for this polyherbal blend. They have been used by the Chinese for centuries to treat many conditions, but sexual performance isn't one of them.
Musli (presumably Safed Musli) has shown growth in the bodybuilding and sexual enhancement market, but human studies have not been completed. The biggest challenge of using Musli in a product like Volume Pills is the quantity required to achieve a therapeutic effect. Assuming an average American man weighs about 192 lbs., the quantities tested in animal studies suggest dosages of 1400mg and 2800mg per day. Consider VolumePills’ 14 ingredients total just 1482mg- safe to assume the product provides nowhere near the lower end of the threshold.
L-Dopa (also known as L-3, 4-dihydroxyphenylalanine or “Levodopa”) may be a good choice for a formula targeting older men with decreased sexual desire. A recent study examining one time dosing of levodopa (100mg) showed increased “T reflex magnitude” which may signal usefulness of this ingredient in an effective sex pill if supplied in sufficient quantity.
Other Volume Pills Ingredients:
Ling Zhi (Ganoderma lucidum / lingzi mushroom) – A study showed 1800mg/day improved subjective rating of well-being, but no sexual benefits are cited. Again, notice the required quantity of the single ingredient exceeds the product's total dosage.
Emblica Officinalis (Phyllanica emblica / Amla) – Identified as potentially beneficial in blood glucose management, not shown to benefit male performance.
Fucus Vesiculosis (Bladderwrack) – No human studies indicating sexual health benefits.
Hong Hua Fen (Safflower Flower / Carthamus tinctorius) – Hong Hua Fen is sometimes used as a cheap alternative to Saffron, but Safflower lacks the supporting data of the more expensive Saffron extract. Caution is warranted with this unproven ingredient given it can impact blood coagulation.
Rou Gui (Rougui / Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae) – Rou Gui contains a natural blood-thinner called coumarin. Exercise caution since liver damage can occur if taken in large quantities. Internationally, some health agencies have warned against consuming quantities of Rou Gui. Cinnamaldehyde and styrene are also two known toxins in this cinnamon-based ingredient that has no proven benefits for men.
Tian Men Dong (Shatavri / Wild Asparagus Root) – Traditional uses have included anxiety, depression and libido, but studies indicate Tian Men Dong is severely outperformed by herbs like Ashwagandha and ginseng.
Xian Mao (Rhizoma Curculiginis Orchioidis) – There is very little current data available on this herbal ingredient. Certainly, not enough to support using it in a Western-produced male enhancement pill.
Dong Chong Xia Cao is an obscure name for (Cordyceps or Caterpillar Fungus) – This ingredient appears on the ingredient list of countless products claiming to be the strongest male enhancement pills. Human trials have evaluated daily doses of 1GM to 3GM/day (1000mg-3000mg) per day, but unfortunately it is unclear whether even these huge doses are effective. Obviously, a dose in the middle of this range would exceed an entire daily serving of Volume Pills.
Ku Gua is yet another traditional Chinese name for Momordica charantia (Bitter Melon) which was discussed earlier as one of the Drilizen™ ingredients. Highly unusual it was listed in this manner rather than being provided as an ingredient in Drilizen™ on the Volume Pills supplement facts panel.
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) has been use traditionally in a cardioprotective role. We have not seen any evidence it contributes to bigger erections or increased semen. The results of one study suggest that 500mg of Arjuna taken by mouth daily with 500mg of Ashwagandha for an extended period may improve power output, but as the next to last ingredient on the list, it is unlikely there is anywhere near 500mg of arjuna in Volume Pills and Volume Pills do not contain the Ashwagandha which Arjuna was studied with.
4,5,7 trihydroxyflavone (Apigenin) – Literature mostly touts the anxiety reducing effects of this ingredient which is plentiful in chamomile tea and the reason many drink that beverage as a sleep aid. Weight based dosing for an American man of average weight would likely fall between 250mg and 850mg. As the last ingredient on the Volume Pills ingredients list it's statistically improbable the daily dosage would come anywhere close to even the lower end of this range. Additionally, the ingredient does not appear to support the product’s stated mission.
In my opinion Volume Pills are a fun story and certainly a topic of interest for many men (and some women). Will VolumePills cause you to “Ejaculate 500% more” or give you “Bigger, thicker, longer erections.” There is absolutely nothing about their formula that suggests the quantities of selected ingredients would accomplish either. Short on ingredients of value, some risky choices and a daily regimen are great reasons to avoid this product. Save your $65 a month.
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