Five foods and supplements that behave like viagra

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Five foods and supplements that behave like viagra

Not all solutions for impotence go through the pharmacy. On hand we have food or supplements that can help us improve sexual relations. Discover with Alimente some of them

Nearly two million Spaniards suffer from erectile dysfunction and not all of them want to resort to some pharmaceutical medications such as viagra to lead a satisfactory sex life. Many of them prefer natural alternatives that are available and have fewer side effects. Interestingly, research has shown that various foods and supplements can help increase your libido and treat impotence. As an example:

Tribulus terrestris

It is a small leafy plant whose roots and fruits are popular in traditional Chinese medicine known as Ayurvedic. It is also widely available as a sports supplement and is commonly marketed to increase testosterone levels and improve sexual desire.

While human studies have not shown that it can increase testosterone levels, it appears to increase sexual desire in both men and women. According to a study published in ‘Clinical Medical Insights Womens Health’, conducted with women who reported low sexual pleasure, 88% who took 750 mg of Tribulus terrestris daily for 90 days admitted an increase in sexual satisfaction. Regarding men, a 2-month ‘Journal of Ethnopharmacology’ trial revealed that taking 750-1,500 mg of Tribulus terrestris daily improved sexual desire in 79% of them. However, studies in men with erectile dysfunction show mixed results. One, published in ‘Actas de Urología Española’ and carried out by Carlos Alberto Santos, from the State University of Campinas (Brazil) with 100 men with spontaneous erectile dysfunction and with an average age of 40 years, found that taking 800 mg of this supplement daily for 30 days did not improve the problem. Conversely, ingesting 1,500 mg daily over 90 days improved erections as well as sexual desire, according to another trial.

Bruise

It is a tuber traditionally used to improve fertility and sexual desire. Supplements can be purchased in various forms, including powders, capsules, and liquid extracts. A 12-week study, published in ‘Andrology’, noted that 42% of men who took between 1,500 and 3,000 mg of maca daily experienced increased sexual desire.

Also, in a review of 4 studies in 131 people, taking maca consistently for at least 6 weeks improved sexual desire. It also helped treat mild erectile dysfunction in men. Additionally, some evidence suggests that maca may help combat the loss of libido that can occur as a side effect of certain antidepressant medications. Most studies found that 1.5 to 3.5 grams daily for at least 2 to 12 weeks was sufficient to increase libido.

Red ginseng

As reported in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, a 20-week study of 32 menopausal women found that 3 grams of red ginseng per day significantly favored sexual desire and function, compared to a placebo.

Additionally, red ginseng can increase the production of nitric oxide, a compound that helps blood circulation and relax the muscles of the penis. In fact, trials have revealed that this herb was at least twice as effective as a placebo in improving erectile function, as reported in a review study published in the ‘British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology’. However, other studies have found no effect on libido or sexual function, and some experts question the strength of these studies. Therefore, more research is needed. Red ginseng is generally well tolerated, but it can cause side effects, such as headaches and an upset stomach. It can also interact with medications such as blood thinners, so those taking them should consult a medical professional before using it.

Saffron

Its many traditional uses range from reducing stress to acting as an aphrodisiac, especially for people taking antidepressants. ‘Human Psychopharmacology’ picks up a 4-week study on 38 women with low libido who were taking antidepressants and found that taking 30mg of saffron daily significantly improved various sexual problems, such as decreased arousal and lubrication, compared to a placebo . Similarly, a trial of ‘Psychopharmacology’ in 36 men struggling to regain low desire and arousal due to antidepressant use found that when they ingested 30 mg saffron daily, they significantly improved erectile function, compared to placebo. Additionally, a review of 5 studies in 173 people indicated that saffron markedly improved various aspects of sexual pleasure, desire, and arousal in both men and women. However, in people who do not have depression or who are not taking antidepressants, the results are mixed.

L-citrulina

It is an amino acid naturally produced by the body that helps improve blood flow by producing nitric oxide to dilate blood vessels. This, in turn, can treat erectile dysfunction.

For example, a small month-long study of 24 men with mild erectile dysfunction found that taking 1.5 grams of L-citrulline daily was beneficial for symptoms in 50% of the participants.

In another 30-day study in men, a daily combination of 800 mg of L-citrulline and 300 mg of trans-resveratrol improved erectile function and toughness, compared to placebo treatment. Trans-resveratrol, commonly known as resveratrol, is a plant-based compound that works as an antioxidant and is linked to numerous health benefits. L-Citrulline is available as a dietary supplement in capsule or powder form, but is naturally present in foods like watermelon, dark chocolate, and walnuts.

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