Natural Sex Boosters Gaining Ground
There are many herbs that are associated as natural methods for enhancing sexual activity. While many of these herbs lack the scientific research and evidence to confirm any of these abilities, natural sex boosters continue to gain ground and popularity with consumers. The following are natural products correlated with the ability to increase the overall pleasure and frequency associated with sex.
Ginkgo biloba is a species of tree that is known to contain two types of chemicals, flavonoids and terpenoids that are associated with certain abilities to naturally enhance sex. Flavonoids have been shown to have antioxidant effects. While terpenoids have been associated with the ability to naturally dilate blood vessels by increasing the effects of nitric oxide, increasing overall blood flow rates.
Ginseng has been used for years for the treatment of certain conditions, particularly as an aphrodisiac. The medicinal capabilities of ginseng have yet to be proven with research; however there are studies that have shown correlations between ginseng and improved sexual activity. Ginseng has also been associated with the natural ability to mimic the effects of nitric oxide levels, decreasing the overall incidence rates of erectile dysfunction. It has also been associated with the ability to mimic the hormone dopamine, increasing blood pressure and heart rate.
Horny Goat Weed
Horny goat weed, more commonly known as epimedium, is a perennial plant that has been commonly utilized as a herb that acts as a natural aphrodisiac. There is actually a legend associated with the name horny goat weed. It is said that the property of horny goat weed was actually discovered by a sheep herder, who noticed an increased level of sexual activity among his flock of sheep after they had consumed the plant. The main ingredient that has been associated with the aphrodisiac effects of horny goat weed is icariin. Icariin is correlated to affect the body by increasing the overall amount of nitric oxide in the body, which relaxes smooth muscles and increases overall blood flow.
Maca, also known as Lepidium meyenii, is a plant that has been associated with the ability to increase overall libido. It has also been correlated with some small ability to increase the quality of semen and has been used as a natural method to improve infertility or sexual dysfunction. However, studies are limited and there have been no studies to prove that maca has effects on hormonal levels.
Rhodiola rosea has been utilized for the natural improvement of mood and decreasing incidence rates of depression. It has been correlated with the ability to increase overall mental and physical performance levels. It has been shown to affect the hormones serotonin and dopamine, which is thought to be reason for these effects. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these effects. Herbs have been utilized by many cultures for thousands of years for the treatment of certain conditions. However, as with all medications, the use of herbs should be discussed with your physician, as some herbs are known to have some side effects and can be cause for negative interactions with specific medications.
Sources: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/ginkgo-biloba-000247.htm http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/psychology/health_psychology/ginseng.htm http://health.discovery.com/centers/sex/libido/goat.html