Enzyte is an herbal nutritional supplement originally manufactured by Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals. The marketing of Enzyte resulted in a conviction and prison term for the company’s owner and bankruptcy of the company. The product is now marketed by Vianda, LLC of Cincinnati, Ohio. The manufacturer has claimed that Enzyte promotes “natural male enhancement,” which is a euphemism for enhancing erectile function. However, its effectiveness has been called into doubt and the claims of the manufacturer have been under scrutiny from various state and federal organizations. Kenneth Goldberg, medical director of the Male Health Center at Baylor University, says, “It makes no sense medically. There’s no way that increases blood flow to the penis, as Enzyte claims to do, will actually increase its size.”
In March 2005, following thousands of consumer complaints to the Better Business Bureau, federal agents raided Berkeley facilities, gathering material that resulted in a 112-count criminal indictment. The company’s founder and CEO, Steven M Warshak, and his mother, Harriet Warshak, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering, and in September 2008 they were sentenced to prison and ordered to forfeit $500 million in assets. The convictions and fines forced the company into bankruptcy, and in December 2008 its assets were sold for $2.75 million to investment company Pristine Bay, which continued operations.
Enzyte is widely advertised on U.S. television as “the once daily tablet for natural male enhancement.” The commercials feature a character known as “Smilin’ Bob,” acted out by Canadian actor Andrew Olcott, who, in the commercials, always wears a smile that is implied to be caused by the enhancing effects of Enzyte; these advertisements feature double entendres. Some such commercials also feature an equally smiling “Mrs. Bob.”
Because Enzyte is an herbal product, no testing is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An official of the Federal Trade Commission division that monitors advertising says the lack of scientific testing is “a red flag right away. There’s no science behind these claims.”The company has conceded that it has no scientific studies that substantiate any of its Enzyte claims.
Ira Sharlip, a spokesman for the American Urological Association, has said, “There is no such thing as a penis pill that works. These are all things that are sold for profit. There’s no science or substance behind them.”
Ingredients in Enzyte
Enzyte’s formulation was reportedly developed for Vianda by Marilyn Barrett
Enzyte is said to contain:
- Asian Ginseng Root Extract
- Grape Seed Extract
- Epimedium (Horny Goat Weed)
- Zinc oxide
- Muira puama
- Ginkgo biloba
Most of the above ingredients are commonly available as over the counter herbal or dietary supplements, and most have anecdotal reports, but marginal or unproven scientific evidence, of efficacy on various systems in the human body. Several of the herbal ingredients are included only in very low quantities.
Yohimbe was previously included in the original formulation of Enzyte, produced until at least 2004. However, as yohimbe’s legal status in Canada is unclear, Enzyte produced after 2004 no longer contains yohimbe extract.
Additionally, zinc is an ingredient in Enzyte. Some men who have low zinc levels in their body have had success using zinc supplements to treat erection problems.
Effectiveness of Enzyte
Currently, the effectiveness of Enzyte is unproven. A civil lawsuit alleged Enzyte does not work as advertised. Despite manufacturer claims that Enzyte will increase penis size, girth, and firmness and improve sexual performance, there exists no scientific evidence that Enzyte is capable of making good on these claims. In fact, Enzyte has never been scientifically tested by the FDA or other independent third party. Accordingly, Enzyte is required by current U.S. law to be marketed as an herbal supplement and may not legally be called a drug. In keeping with FTC rulings, Enzyte is not allowed to claim these benefits in its advertising. However, as of June 2010, TV commercials for the product still use the phrase “natural male enhancement.”
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