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Spice Up Your Sex Life With These 19 Natural Supplements

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It can be hard to admit it when your private life is in a bit of a slump, and often, this can affect other aspects of your life, even those outside the home. On the other hand, not being your healthiest physically and mentally can also make it hard to focus on your performance in the bedroom.

Luckily, there are a number of effective and natural sex supplements, herbs, vitamins and minerals available that can help put the excitement back in your sex life. The Mayo Clinic advises using supplements to potentially improve sexual health problems like erectile dysfunction, and many of these remedies have been used for hundreds of years to treat this issue.

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While it is always important to consult your doctor before choosing to use a supplement for any reason, there are a number of natural sex supplements that can be effective for men, women or both.

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1. Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba is one of the best supplements for treating sexual dysfunction because it improves the levels of nitric oxide found in the blood. The blood vessels can become more easily dilated this way, which increases blood circulation and flow, especially in the areas associated with sexual desire. The leaves of the Ginkgo biloba plant are often used as male sex supplements, although a 2008 study1 focused on using the leaves as female sex supplements. There are many products in the market, but some contain in clinically-proven dosages.

2. Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is a top choice for treating erectile dysfunction. Studies2 have found that vitamin D deficiency is one of the common threads between atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases and erectile dysfunction, which also have many shared risk factors. In many cases, this can be a low-impact supplement to help men with any or all of these three issues. There are many products in the market, but some contain in clinically-proven dosages.

3. Boron

The National Library of Medicine concedes boron can possibly be effective for treating uncomfortable or painful menstrual cycles and/or vaginal infections, making it a top female sex supplement. However, boron has also been used as a potential option for increasing testosterone levels in men, though there isn’t as much evidence for this effect, according to the NLM. There are many products in the market, but some contain in clinically-proven dosages.

4. Ginseng

Ginseng is a fantastic and relatively cheap supplement that boosts immunity and improve one’s heart health. It is often called the “king of herbs,” according to an article published in Spermatogenesis3. Ginseng has also been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac and a treatment for erectile dysfunction. Still, it is important to discuss its use with your doctor, as some of its side effects include increasing the effects of caffeine and potentially interfering with prescription medications. There are many products in the market, but some contain in clinically-proven dosages.

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Products like Testro-X are high in magnesium, boron, ashwagandha and zinc.

5. Maca

A plant found in Peru, maca smells kind of like butterscotch and has become popular as a supplement for treating sexual dysfunction created by the use of antidepressants, low sexual desire, menopausal symptoms and infertility in men. Unfortunately, the NLM refutes studies on the maca root’s effectiveness for these issues, but you can always discuss it with your doctor as a possible option.

6. Vitamin E

Vitamin E can potentially help increase sperm motility and sperm count in men while also helping women who are going through fertility treatments to stave off ovulation decline. Eating certain foods, like asparagus, with high amounts of vitamin E can also be helpful for those dealing with low levels of sex hormones, confirms the Center for Successful Aging.

7. Zinc

Ever wonder why people say that oysters are an aphrodisiac? The CSA affirms the zinc in oysters is what boosts one’s sex drive, regulates one’s libido and increases overall sexual function. What’s more, taking zinc can help to boost men’s sexual potency and promote ovarian health in women. In fact, zinc deficiency can even cause delayed sexual maturation. There are many products in the market, but some contain in clinically-proven dosages.

8. Arginine

The Mayo Clinic claims oral L-arginine can be an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction when it is caused by a physical issue. An amino acid, arginine improves the dilation of one’s blood vessels as caused by nitric oxide in the blood, a process that is necessary to maintaining an erection. According to a study from 20114, this was found to be a helpful solution for ED patients. There are many products in the market, but some contain in clinically-proven dosages.

9. Niacin

Niacin is a commonly used supplement also known as vitamin B3. In some cases, it can be effective for helping ED patients maintain an erection, as cited by the NLM. It is especially effective for this purpose when taken in its extended-release form.

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Cortigon balances cortisol levels and helps couples reduce stress and anxiety in the bedroom.

10. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha helps to minimize tension in the body and support blood flow, which makes it helpful for sexual dysfunction. The herb has actually been found to improve sexual satisfaction, lubrication and arousal in healthy women, as verified by a 2015 study5. There are many products in the market, but some contain in clinically-proven dosages.

11. Potassium

Though it can be common to focus on testosterone production and other sexual health issues, other problems can cause issues in the bedroom as well. For example, high blood pressure can create sexual dissatisfaction, especially in men. Fortunately, the Office of Dietary Supplements approves potassium as one of the cheap and easy natural remedies for minimizing issues with high blood pressure. There are many products on the market, but some contain clinically-proven dosages.

12. Kava

Kava is a supplement that comes from the root of the pepper plant, and in the United States, it is legal to buy and sell as a dietary supplement. Kava has been used to treat many different issues, one specifically being generalized anxiety disorder, but a recent study published in Trials6 confirms it has also been found to be effective in treating low sex drives in women.

13. Trifolium Pratense

This is a plant also known as red clover that can help treat decreased libido in women, especially those who are postmenopausal. Red clover itself is rich in isoflavones, which are a kind of estrogen found in plants. A 2011 study7 also found it was helpful for improving mood, skin and sleep in women in this age group.

14. Turmeric

Turmeric is another herb with lots of potential, sexual benefits for men and women. In men, it can provide hormonal balancing, specifically for testosterone, and it can help keep the prostate healthy. In women, it can sometimes increase fertility, balance estrogen and minimize the pain experienced during periods. Translational Andrology and Urology8 verifies it can also help stimulate the circulatory system, which can be helpful to those with sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular diseases9. There are many products in the market, but some contain in clinically-proven dosages.

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Products like Redwood contain clinically-proven dosages of vitamin C, horse chesnut extract, pine bark extract and garlic.

15. Magnesium

Feeling warn out and frustrated? Magnesium can reduce stress, which everyone knows can be one of the biggest mood killers in the bedroom. Aside from this ability and its aphrodisiac properties, magnesium has been found to boost estrogen production and to be effective for protecting against osteoporosis in women. There are many products in the market, but some contain in clinically-proven dosages.

16. Selenium

Selenium is found in the testes and is part of the process of producing sperm. When a man ejaculates, he loses some of his selenium, which is why the ODS affirms selenium deficiency is often seen with infertility in men. Taking selenium can potentially increase a man’s sexual health as well as his fertility.

17. Vitamin B6

Also helpful for increasing sperm count, sexual arousal and sexual function through hormonal balancing is vitamin B6. But don’t get too excited. The vitamin itself may also have the potential to create depressive symptoms, as described in a 2008 study10. Those who are already predetermined toward depression may want to choose another option. There are many products in the market, but some contain in clinically-proven dosages.

18. Vitamin C

While not widely considered to be a supplement that highly affects one’s sex life, vitamin C can actually increase your ability to feel good in the bedroom. For one, everyone knows it boosts immunity, which will make you less susceptible to illness. In addition, it also helps one tolerate and minimize feelings of stress, and it is necessary for creating sexual hormones, including estrogen and progesterone. There are many products in the market, but some contain in clinically-proven dosages.

19. Folic Acid

If you and your partner are simply looking to increase your chances of fertility, conception and having a healthy child, folic acid can help. It minimizes the chance of birth defects and can increase sperm count. It has also been found to be helpful for treating high blood pressure and decreasing the chance of stroke, as emphasized by Harvard Medical School.

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Using Natural Supplements to Shake Up Your Sex Life

There are many different options available to help you or you and your partner increase sexual desire, function and other similar health aspects. It can also help to focus on your mental health as well as simply your physical wellness when deciding how sex supplements can help you. Depending on what you’re looking for, you are likely to see a healthier, happier sex life with the use of one of these supplements, minerals or herbs.

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Cormio L, De S, Lorusso F, et al. Oral L-citrulline supplementation improves erection hardness in men with mild erectile dysfunction. Urology. 2011;77(1):119-122. [PubMed]
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Dongre S, Langade D, Bhattacharyya S. Efficacy and Safety of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Root Extract in Improving Sexual Function in Women: A Pilot Study. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:284154. [PMC]
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Savage K, Stough C, Byrne G, et al. Kava for the treatment of generalised anxiety disorder (K-GAD): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2015;16:493. [PMC]
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Lipovac M, Chedraui P, Gruenhut C, et al. Effect of Red Clover Isoflavones over Skin, Appendages, and Mucosal Status in Postmenopausal Women. Obstet Gynecol Int. 2011;2011:949302. [PubMed]
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Lim P. Asian herbals and aphrodisiacs used for managing ED. Transl Androl Urol. 2017;6(2):167-175. [PMC]
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Nascimento E, Maia A, Pereira V, Soares-Filho G, Nardi A, Silva A. Sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular diseases: a systematic review of prevalence. Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2013;68(11):1462-1468. [PMC]
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Merete C, Falcon L, Tucker K. Vitamin B6 Is Associated with Depressive Symptomatology in Massachusetts Elders. J Am Coll Nutr. 2008;27(3):421-427. [PMC]
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