An alarming 43 per cent of women and 31 per cent of men suffer because of sexual dysfunction, according to the Journal of American Association. Although Viagra has been the go-to pill to rev up your low libido in bed, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids have been helping you revel under the sheets since long before. However, due to the lack of regulations over dosages, formulations, and overall standards for supplementation in the market, knowing which additive to pick up can be tricky. We took the liberty to put together a list of ingredients, for both men and women that have been ‘tried and tested’ over time to work for you, so you do not have to.
The magic ingredients for men
We understand that talking about your penis complications is a sensitive subject and you are probably far less inclined to go to a doctor to disclose this as an issue. Fortunately, there is always a little blue pill that can help amend your failure to launch and avoid a prescription of your sexual flaws.
As a hormone that your body uses to produce sex hormones and boost testosterone levels, this one tops the list. There’s plenty of scientific evidence to prove DHEA’s ability to bolster your sex life. Mayo Clinic recommends DHEA to help people with decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, and an improvement in sexual function. Since there is no real standardised dosing, anywhere between 25 to 200 milligrammes per day is a possibility. Ask your doctor for advice on how much is safe to consume.
This amino acid serves as a building block for forming nitric oxide in your body; the neurotransmitter that you need a healthy supply of to maintain an erection. Erectile dysfunction is mainly caused by poor circulation of blood in your penis, and nitric oxide is ideal to dilate the blood vessels in the area to allow for freer blood flow. A study in the BJU International exhibited that five grammes of L-arginine for six weeks was able to improve sexual function in men suffering from erectile dysfunction.
Sometimes L-arginine can metabolise too quickly in your body for you to reap its benefits. Look towards L-citrulline, which your body naturally converts into L-arginine, if that is the case. A study in Urology has proven L-citrulline to be a safe alternative to treat erectile dysfunction. Anywhere between 500 milligrammes to 1.5 grammes is considered tolerable.
As a herb that has been lauded as an aphrodisiac and in successfully treating erectile dysfunction in Chinese medical practice, long before even the thought supplementation, ginseng has been recognised to improve sperm quality and count, thereby enhancing your fertility. A study published in the British Pharmacological Society seconded this fact. In other research, a study in the Journal of Urology discovered that 1,000 milligrammes of Korean red ginseng taken three times a day for 12 days helped with greater rigidity, penetration, and sustained erections.
The magic ingredients for women
While most supplements in the market focus on deficiencies experienced by men, there are some pills available women who suffer from a low libido. However, what works for a man, may not necessarily work on a woman the same way.
Iron deficiency in women can cause fatigue, which is a potent precursor to a dim libido. Recent studies have noticed an improvement in a woman’s desire, arousal, and general ability to have an orgasm after they took iron supplements to correct this deficiency. Stick to dosages below 20 milligrammes of iron to avoid constipation. Be warned, beyond 60 milligrammes in one go can even be life threatening.
As a superfood, this Peruvian herb was revered in ancient Incan culture for treating a diverse range of conditions. One of the qualities women used it for was to balance out their hormones and up their zinc levels, an essential mineral for driving up their sex hormones. A 2008 study in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics found Maca to be useful in rectifying sexual dysfunction in women. They found taking around three grammes a day to be the most efficient dosage.
The fruit, leaf and the root of this plant have been used for several medical purposes for years now. More recently, according to a 2014 study in Daru, women who used this herb reported higher levels of arousal, lubrication, and more intense orgasms. 7.5 milligrammes a week for four days was the magic number according to the study.
Good news. You can now justify your indulgence in this sinful nibble as the flavonoids in dark chocolate reduce your stress levels, relax your blood vessels, and allow for a free flow of blood to your nether regions. Look for chocolate that contains 70 per cent or more cocoa if you want a substantial increase in your dopamine levels — the pleasure chemical that relaxes you and improves your body’s response to stimulation. Studies in the Journal of Sexual Medicine are a testimony to the fact that chocolate can have either a positive psychological or biological impact on a women’s sexuality.
The supplements mentioned above are all natural, vitamins, and amino acids that are used by your body, naturally. They can, however, possibly interact with ingredients in any medications you are on. Consult your doctor if you have any lingering health issues before adding any of these pills to your arsenal.