September 9th, 2013
Many of the foods we eat are told to work as natural aphrodisiacs by improving either the libido directly, or stimulating the circulatory system. Besides food, there are many aphrodisiac supplements which are told to work as aphrodisiacs. Many of the ingredients are contained in sports and workout supplements. Their efficacy has been highly advertised and praised by the producing companies, but not all of them hold on to what they claim to be. We will discuss a few that has been more or less scientifically proven to increase sexual stamina and libido, as well as erection quality, therefore we can call them aphrodisiac supplements.
Arginie (l-arginie) is a natural amino acid which is also produced by the body. It is essential for nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide on the other hand is the “power substance” that allows the arteries to relax, dilate, and carry more blood. Taken as a supplement or with ingestion of meat, nuts, eggs, coconut milk and cheese, l-arginine forms nitric oxide in the body and increases blood flow to the genitals; increased blood flow in the male penis is responsible for stronger erections. It is also said that l-arginine, when combined with other aphrodisiac supplements, is able to enhance sexual desire in women.
What makes the goats horny? Epimedium is a substance contained in horny goat weed, a herb which has been proven to improve the sexual function of male animals. Epimedium acts as an androgen enhancer by increasing the levels of testosterone and might stimulate sexual desire in women who are androgen-deficient.
Fennel is not only a suiting and calming herb for the gastrointestinal tract, but it is also reported to increase the libido of both male and female rats. Fennel has compounds that mimic the female hormone estrogen. Do not overdo fennel, as doses more than a teaspoon might be toxic.
Ginseng is one of the long-touted aphrodisiac supplements. Recently, the Journal of Urology reported, “the Mean International Index of Erectile Function scores were significantly higher in patients treated with Korean red ginseng than in those who received placebo.”
Yohimbine, the primary active ingredient of yohimbe, is used both as an herbal aphrodisiac and in a prescription drug used for erectile dysfunction in men. Yohimbine acts as a strong vasodilator improving blood flow and erection quality.The herbal form of yohimbe can be dangerous if taken in the wrong quantities.
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