Everyone’s libido (sex drive) is different and can be caused by a variety of reasons including hormonal changes, low energy, stress and alcohol.
Relationship issues or tiredness can also be linked to loss of libido alongside an underlying medical problem.
If a lack of desire for sex is distressing or it’s affecting your relationship, it’s often a good idea to get help.
But for those looking to try a natural enhancement, nutritionist Rick Hay revealed to Healthisa a number of supplements that can offer a helping hand.
Rick says vitamin E is important in increasing sex drive because it increases testosterone levels which therefore increases stamina and also helps raise desire.
He added: “For men, it also enhances sperm count and motility. Research published in the Archives of Andrology shows that study participants who took 400mg of vitamin E in connection with 225 mpg of selenium showed improvements in sperm motility.
“Increased testosterone levels also help with blood flow and oxygenation of the body.”
These are recommended by Rick to help get you in the mood, and can be found in berries, dark red grapes and red wine.
He said: “According to a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine women who drank a glass of red daily reported higher levels of sexual desire and vaginal lubrication, compared with those who sipped any kind of alcohol only occasionally or those who didn’t drink at all.”
B vitamins and Zinc
B vitamins will help to nourish the nervous system and boost mood, according to Rick.
He said: “Zinc can help raise testosterone levels which will also helps raise sexual desire – a study in the Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences found male rats taking zinc took longer to ejaculate compared to a control group.”
Rick explained: “Research has shown that Omega 3 fatty acids can help decrease anxiety and depression which in turn means that if these two are decreased your desire may be increased. Omega 3 fatty acids can also help increase dopamine levels too. This can improve mood but also help to trigger arousal.
“Omega 3 can also help with the moisturisation of the skin and also help to moisturise mucus membranes which helps to reduce dryness and create lubrication needed during menopause and the years leading up to it. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in oily fish as well as flaxseeds and in concentrated levels in good quality supplements.”
Rick said: “I’ve used Gingko Biloba, a popular ancient Chinese herbal remedy, for many years successfully with my clients for low sex drive. It aids blood circulation and it’s crucial to have good blood circulation to the sexual organs to help with sexual function.
“Ginkgo also reduces platelet aggregations which means that it helps to clear blood vessels and promote vasodilation (widening of the blood vessels essential for for erectile function) this is thanks to components called terpenoids and ginkaloids that it contains.
“A very small study on men also found that taking 50mg ginkgo biloba twice a day could help men who had antidepressant induced low sex drive (SSRI antidepressants can cause low libido as a side effect).”
Supplements have increased in popularity over the last few years and are believed to help with a variety of ailments, including painful joints.