With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there is no better time to prepare a romantic evening with a bit of help from some aphrodisiac supplements. Of course, there are commonly known foods with aphrodisiac properties, such as dark chocolate, ginger and vanilla, but the following supplements might be new to your kitchen and add some extra spice to your love life.
What Are Aphrodisiacs?
Some skeptics might be wondering what are aphrodisiacs and if they work. Aphrodisiacs are any food or substance that increases sexual desire, arousal, or pleasure. There are many reasons why people want to include aphrodisiacs in their diet, such as low libido, improved sexual performance, or to add a little extra mood when you are in the mood. Although it is still debatable whether aphrodisiacs have a physiological effect on the human body, they can have a psychological impact by stimulating our senses1.
Five Supplements That Are Aphrodisiacs
Ashwagandha has been used since the Kama Sutra, an ancient Indian Sanskrit text on sexuality and emotional gratification in life. One of the most common reasons for decreased interest in sex is stress. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that helps strengthen our adrenal glands, improving our instinctual “fight or flight” response to stressful situations. When stress and anxiety are lowered, we are more likely to be open to romantic encounters2.
The recommended dosage of ashwagandha is between 250-600 milligrams daily, and it comes in capsules or liquid form3.
Out of all of the known aphrodisiacs, the one with the most potential and efficacy is ginseng extract. Ginseng is an essential herbal supplement of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used for thousands of years. Ginseng has many health benefits, and like ashwagandha can reduce stress and promote relaxation4. Ginseng comes in many forms, but a nice warm cup of ginseng tea shared between loved ones after a romantic dinner can heat up your Valentine’s evening.
While the first two herbal supplements are more geared toward a man’s low libido, Tribulus has been shown to increase sexual desire for both men and women. Also known as “puncture vine,” mounting evidence shows Tribulus can help treat low libido in women and men. Although the science behind how this herbal supplement works is still a mystery, many favor Tribulus as an effective aphrodisiac.
Tribulus comes in capsule form and can be taken daily a half hour before a meal5.
Fenugreek Seed Powder
Fenugreek is a legume and has been used as a spice for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine as an aphrodisiac. It specifically has been used to naturally increase the female sex drive. It does so by triggering the release of sexual hormones and estrogen, which works as an aphrodisiac. A compound called saponins that are found in Fenugreek and Tribulus has also been shown to boost testosterone production. Between the boost in testosterone and its estrogen-like properties, Fenugreek works well as an aphrodisiac6.
The Fenugreek seeds are edible and have other health benefits, such as working as a fever reducer, a lubricant for the intestines, and a digestive aid.
Epimedium Leaf Extract
Also known as “Horny Goat Weed,” Epimedium leaf extract has been used as an erectile aid, sexual enhancement, and an aphrodisiac in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Used as a safe alternative to prescription medications for sexual dysfunction, Epimedium has also been helpful for other ailments such as arthritis, joint pain, and fatigue.
So how does Epimedium work? There is a chemical compound in Epimedium called icariin, which is a type of flavonoid, or natural pigment, that helps reduce inflammation and toxins in the body. Inflammation in the body has serious health ramifications across the board, leading to major diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease, heart disease, and Cancer7.
Spread The Love
Whether you are in a committed relationship, dating, or single, Valentine’s Day is a time to share our love for friends and family. Whether romantic or platonic, telling the people in our lives that we care about them is always a good thing any day of the year.
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- What Is An Aphrodisiac? https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-an-aphrodisiac-5072422.
- 5 Ways Ashwagandha Can Boost Your Sex Life, https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/ashwagandha-benefits-for-mens-sexuality/articleshow/60103284.cms.
- What Is Ashwagandha? https://examine.com/supplements/ashwagandha/#:~:text=Studies%20on%20ashwagandha%20have%20used,lower%20doses%20for%20improving%20sleep.
- What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262982.
- Is Tribulus Terrestris an Effective Aphrodisiac? https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/all-about-sex/201805/is-tribulus-terrestris-effective-aphrodisiac.
- Fenugreek: A Spoonful of Aphrodisiac, https://www.womenfitness.net/fenugreek-aphrodisiac/.
- What Does Horny Goat Weed Do? https://flo.health/menstrual-cycle/sex/sexual-health/horny-goat-weed-supplement.