Sunday, May 25, 2008

17 Natural Libido Enhancers and 2,500 Years of Wisdom

1. Ashwagandha Extract - "Indian Ginseng"

Known as "Indian Ginseng," Ashwagandha provides powerful nutritional support to energize and rejuvenate. It helps minimize the negative effects of stress, enhances immunity & helps build deep vitality, promotes sexual and reproductive balance.

2. Catuaba Bark

Catuaba comes from the Amazon rain forest and is Brazil’s most famous aphrodisiac plant. Catuaba is traditionally used for sexual impotency and enhances the sexual desire. The Topi Indians have known of Catuaba’s sex enhancing properties for many centuries and is used with great success.

3. Cinnamon Bark

Cinnamon is used as a natural preservative and food anti-oxidant to preserve the strength and effect of all of the herbal ingredients in Zenerx.

It also helps prevent and combat diabetes (a common cause of Erectile Dysfunction) by acting as an insulin substitute for people with type 2 diabetes, according to cellular and molecular research done jointly by the University of California, Santa Barbara, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture

4. Cistanche Bark

Cistanche Bark is an important medicinal plant in traditional Chinese medicine. It is a tonic herb which increases the blood circulation. Cistanche has a reputation for increasing energy and maintaining youthfulness. It is used to reinforce the vital function of kidney, especially that of the sexual organs and induce laxation, for the treatment of impotence, premature ejaculation in men.

5. Cnidium

Cnidium, a plant found in china is a popular remedy in Asian folk medicine.

Cnidium seed contains several compounds including coumarins, osthol, imperatorin, glucides and hepatoprotective sesquiterpenes.

Cnidium seeds are one of the most effective natural remedy to increase sexual potency, boost libido and to treat impotence. It works just like Viagra to increase nitric oxide release and inhibit PDE-5. This enables an erection to be maintained for longer period of time. Cnidium also helps promote better blood circulation.

6. Epimedium Grandiflorum Extract - "Horny Goat Weed"

For 2000 years, horny goat weed has been used in China as a medicinal herb in reproductive tonics for boosting libido and treating impotence. It also acts as a rejuvenating tonic to relieve fatigue and reduce stress. Studies have shown this time-tested aphrodisiac works in several ways to help male sexual performance.

First, horny goat weed works as an adaptogen by increasing levels of epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine when they are low-promoting energy-but reduces cortisol levels when they are elevated (an anti-stress effect). High stress conditions and increased cortisol levels cause fatigue and this leads to a lack of sex drive.

The second effect is the restoration of low levels of both testosterone and thyroid hormone to normal, improving sex drive. Finally, horny goat weed contains a variety of flavonoids. One prominent flavonoid is icariin, which is a cGMP-specific PDE5 inhibitor like the synthetic prescription drugs Viagra®, Cialis®, and Levitra®.

During sexual excitation the erection is mediated by nitric oxide released from nerve endings close to the blood vessels of the penis. Relaxation of these blood vessels causes blood to pool producing an erection.

7. Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba improves blood flow and oxygen throughout the body, while its anti-oxidant action helps maintain healthy tissue, protect blood vessels and reduce arteriosclerotic lesions. Part of its anti-oxidant action helps increase the half-life of the endothelium relaxation factor, important for a long erection with strong blood flow.

8. Ginseng

The most popular herb and body tonic in the world and with good reason:

Two double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, involving a total of about 135 people, have found evidence that Korean red ginseng may improve erectile function. In the better of the two trials, 45 participants received either placebo or Korean red ginseng daily for 8 weeks. The results indicate that while using Korean red ginseng men experienced significantly better sexual function than while they were taking placebo.

9. Jujube Fruit

Jujube date is a sweet fruit that has traditionally been used as a body tonic and helps relieve the following - fatigue, debility, restlessness. The herb contains vitamins A, B-2, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron and complex sugars. This herb is considered to nourish both the blood and the energy.

10. L’arginine

Known as natures Viagra a – one of the best natural libido enhancers you can get.

L’arginine is a non essential amino acid. Like Viagra it is used to enhance the effect of nitric oxide. L’arginine has been shown to relax the muscles surrounding the blood vessels that go to the penis. As a result the blood flow increases to the penis which helps to maintain an erection.

11. Maca Root Extract

The first reported use of maca root dates back to the Inca Warriors of South America who ate maca to increase their strength and stamina before battles. Throughout South America it is used as a general nutrient to increase libido and reproductive health. Its effect is due to sterols which act on the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands, producing hormones, leading to increased energy and sex drive.

12. Mucuna Pruriens Extract

Clinical studies in India have validated mucuna pruriens' aphrodisiac activity. It also has anabolic and growth hormone stimulant properties. The anabolic effect of the seed increases testosterone.

In 2002, a U.S. patent was filed on the use of mucuna pruriens to stimulate the release of growth hormone in humans. The high levels of l-dopa in the mucuna seed are converted to dopamine which stimulates the release of growth hormone by the pituitary gland. L-dopa and dopamine are also effective inhibitors of prolactin. Increased levels of prolactin are considered responsible for 70-80% of erection failure in males.

13. Niacin

Niacin improves circulation by relaxing arteries and veins and also works on a cellular level to keep the digestive system, skin and nerves healthy.

14. Schizandra Berry

Schizandra berry is an ancient powerful Chinese aphrodisiac which increases sexual stamina and strengthens the sex organs generally and also helps fight fatigue and stress.

15. Tongkat Ali Extract (Eurycoma longfolia)

The root (long jack root) of the Eurycoma longifolia tree has been used for centuries as a traditional remedy for fatigue, loss of sexual desire, and impotence. It contains superoxide dimutase, an anti-oxidant enzyme that inhibits the chain reaction of free radicals which are harmful to the body.

The bioactive Glygopeptide compounds in Tongkat ali were shown to increase free testosterone and decrease SHBG levels in human clinical trials. Both effects assist a mans erection ability, performance and sex drive. Studies have also shown that Tongakat ali increases sperm count, sperm size and motility.

16. Tribulus Terrestris Extract

Tibulus can improve desire, performance, and increase sexual energy. Tribulus is also an excellent circulatory system tonic and can help build muscle and strength, as well as reduce muscle recovery time.

Clinical studies on the sexual activity-enhancing effect of tribulus have shown the herb to contain protodioscin, a saponin constituent, improving libido in men with impotence due to various causes and sperm motility in infertile and sub-fertile men.

In another study involving men, ages 22-67, suffering from a range of sexual dysfunctions, Tribulus was used three times daily - a increase of sexual desire and fantasies, as well as sexual self-confidence, were reported in almost all of the patients. The subjective experience of pleasure, joy and satisfaction was reported in 80% of the men.

17. Zinc

Used the production of testosterone. The zinc content of the prostate gland and sperm is higher than in any other body tissues.

A deficiency of zinc is associated with several sexual problems, including sperm abnormalities and prostate disease. Zinc not only helps produce testosterone, but also helps to maintain semen volume and adequate levels of testosterone; maintaining sex drive and keeping sperm healthy.