Enzyte is an herbal supplement claimed to be beneficial for "natural male enhancement." Since it is a supplement and has not been approved by the FDA, however, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. Side effects that have been reported with the individual active ingredients of this product (and may, therefore, occur with Enzyte) include insomnia, gas, dizziness, and constipation.
What Is Enzyte?
Enzyte® is a highly advertised (and therefore very popular) herbal supplement that is claimed to provide "natural male enhancement." The manufacturer of Enzyte cannot directly claim that the supplement helps treat or prevent impotence (also known as erectile dysfunction, or ED) or any other disease, since it is not an FDA-approved medication. However, the advertisements for this product imply that Enzyte is intended as an impotence treatment or penis enlargement product.
Even though Enzyte looks and even sounds like a prescription medication, it is a dietary supplement and has not been approved by the FDA for any use.
(Click Enzyte Uses for more information on what the supplement is used for.)
Who Makes It?
This product is made by Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals. Recently, four executives at Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals were convicted of fraud and conspiracy for various offenses related to Enzyte promotion and sales, including mail fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, and misbranding (labeling products in false or misleading ways).
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Jellin JM, editor. Pharmacist's Letter/Prescriber's Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Available at: http://naturaldatabase.com/. Accessed August 14, 2008.
Enzyte [product label]. Cincinnati, OH: Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals; no publication date provided.
United States Department of Justice (USDOJ). Southern District of Ohio (United States Attorney Gregory C. Lockhart. Berkeley executives convicted of conspiracy and fraud in connection with sales of dietary supplements: jury verdict includes forfeiture of more than $33 million (February 26, 2008). USDOJ Web site. Available at: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/ohs/Press/02-26-08.pdf. Accessed August 13, 2008.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. FDA warning letter to Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals (October 14, 2004). FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/archive/g5013d.pdf. Accessed August 14, 2008.
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