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A healthy sex life is important for reducing stress, building a healthy relationship with your partner, and improving overall wellbeing.

But maybe at the end of the day all you want to do is come home and settle in for an evening of Netflix on the couch.

Maybe you’re just not in the mood.

Perhaps it’s stress, low-energy, or maybe something more.

A healthy diet and regular exercise can go a long way in boosting your libido, but if you’re looking for a little something more here are 5 supplements that can help get your sex life rocking again (*wink).

Maca

Lepidium meyenii, more commonly known as maca, is a Peruvian root vegetable that’s traditionally been used to increase energy, stamina, strength and sexual function. It’s considered an adaptogenic herb, meaning it helps the body better deal and adapt to stress. Research has confirmed its libido-boosting effects in both men and women, and some studies have shown that maca can reverse sexual impairments as a result of anti-depression medications (SSRIs), such as loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. It’s also been shown to enhance fertility in men by increasing sperm count.

Furthermore, maca is thought to “normalize” sex hormones (testosterone, progesterone, estrogen) which can lead to an overall improvement in sexual health. Maca is available in various colours (red, yellow, black) and formats: powdered, capsules or tincture. When it comes to powder I recommend gelatinized over raw powder for better digestibility and absorption of nutrients.

L-Arginine

L-Arginine is an essential amino acid that promotes the natural production of nitric oxide in the body much like the drug Viagra, but without the side-effects. Nitric Oxide dilates the arteries increasing blood flow to the genitals. This can result in harder, longer lasting erections for men, and for women it can improve vaginal circulation and stimulate genital nerves, which are aroused during sex. L-Arginine also stimulates the release of growth hormone, which can also boost libido. This release helps increase lean muscle mass while decreasing the amount of body fat – an added benefit.

Tribulus

Tribulus Terrestris, also known as puncture vine or gokshura, is an Ayurvedic herb that has long been claimed to boost sex drive in men and women. While much of the research has revolved around the libido-boosting effects in males, one recent study found that women who took Tribulus experienced greater sexual desire, arousal, lubrication and satisfaction compared with those who took the placebo. It’s also been noted that Tribulus may stimulate androgen receptors in the brain making the body much more responsive to testosterone and other sex hormones.

Panax Ginseng

Panax Ginseng, also known as Korean Ginseng and not to be confused with American Ginseng or Siberian Ginseng, has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries to boost energy, improve athletic endurance, treat sexual dysfunction, and improve general health. In the arena of sexual health, some research has suggested that it can boost both sexual desire and performance. According to the National Institutes of Health, panax ginseng can reduce the symptoms of erectile dysfunction allowing firmer, longer-lasting erections that are easier to attain.

Furthermore, taking panax ginseng appears to improve sexual arousal and satisfaction in postmenopausal women.

Ashwaganda

Withania Somnifera, more commonly known as ashwaganda, is another Ayurvedic herb known for its adaptogenic properties. The Kama Sutra identifies ashwaganda as a “potent igniter of passion and desire”. It’s been revered for its ability to increase vitality, energy, and endurance, while promoting longevity and strengthening the immune system. The herb is also known to calm the mind and reduce anxiety due to its impact on the nervous system. Since fatigue, stress and anxiety are the antithesis to a healthy libido, this herb would be a good choice for people who need a mental or physical boost.

Always remember to consult with a natural healthcare provider for individual dosages since products may vary. Also keep in mind that some of these supplements could have contraindications so always read the label carefully before purchasing.

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Elaine Brisebois
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Elaine is a Certified Nutritionist and Women’s Health Coach. She works with clients across the globe to help them improve their health and relationship with food. Elaine believes in a real food approach to health that is rooted in optimizing digestion and includes ongoing and intelligent cleansing. You can download her FREE Hip, Healthy & Holistic Makeover Guide to learn 5 simple things you can do every day to lose weight, increase energy, kick cravings, and feel beautiful inside & out.