If your love life needs some extra attention, Viagra can help with erectile dysfunction and a dwindling sex drive, but if you'd rather go down the natural route, there are a number of ways to boost your libido.
Our resident pharmacist Rita Ghelani looks at the best natural sex supplements for men and women, so you can focus on having fun in the bedroom:
There is some strong evidence that panax ginseng lifts libido in both men and women and also helps combat the fatigue which can plan havoc with your love life.
A double-blind crossover study found that 60 per cent of men with erectile dysfunction reported significant improvements after taking Korean Red ginseng, also known as panax ginseng, three times a day for eight weeks.
Other researchers have found that panax ginseng improves libido, love making performance and sperm quality. They identified a number of possible mechanisms such as muscle changes in the penis, increased testosterone and other hormones such as dopamine and acetylcholine, which regulate arousal which could have resulted in the improved libido levels. BUY NOW
Rhodiola rosea is a recognised medicinal plant (it is also known as Golden root, Rose root and Arctic root). It grows at high altitudes in the mountains of northern Europe, Asia and North America and is known for its stress-lowering properties, both physical and mental.
Rhodiola rosea is referred to as an adaptogen – a substance that helps the body to adapt, adjust and recalibrate itself depending on our emotional and physical surroundings. Rhodiola rosea extract can help to reduce stress, anxiety and physical tiredness and therefore acts as a natural libido enhancing supplement.
Anxiety, stress and physical tiredness are thought to be contributing factors that lead to lack of libido in both men and women. Taking Rhodiola rosea may help with these symptoms, so help you relax and enjoy a sex life. BUY NOW
Arginine is an amino acid that the body uses for several functions, including immunity and repairing damaged tissues. Taking L-arginine supplement may help to improve your sex life as it increases your body’s production of nitric acid, which is proven to help maintain erections.
A study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research found results began as quickly as five days after individuals started supplementing their diets. It works by relaxing and widening blood vessels.
Using L-arginine supplement may also help women increase their libido and make their genitals more sensitive and responsive to sexual stimulation. BUY NOW
The roots and berries of the Ashwagandha plant have lots of uses, but as yet its effectiveness has not been proven.
However, it is used as a commonly used in ayurvedic Indian medicine and is described as Indian ginseng. It is referred to as an adaptogen – so helps the body cope with daily stress and acts as a general tonic. Ashwagandha supplements may have powerful effects on testosterone levels and improve sperm quality. Increased testosterone levels can also increase libido levels. BUY NOW
Zinc is an essential mineral, especially for men as it is required for sperm production and more importantly for testosterone synthesis. This highest concentration of zinc in the men is found in the testes and prostate gland. A lack of zinc may decrease testosterone production resulting in low libido. BUY NOW
Sex and relationship resources
If your sex life is starting to impact your relationship and you need some additional help and support, try one of the following resources:
- NHS.UK: to check for any medical issues or be referred to a therapist, visit you local GP or local sexual health centre.
- College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists: find therapists that are able to work with any relationship or sexual issues on this directory.
- Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity: if you feel you are affected by sexual compulsivity, try the ATSAC.
- The Asexual Visibility and Education Network: the world’s largest online asexual community.