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Top 5 Natural Supplements for Better Sex

Pump up your libido and performance in the sack with these natural supps.

Top 5 Supplements for Better Sex

If you’re having trouble between the sheets, you probably know by now that the problems can stem from a variety of sources, from chronic stress to a crappy diet. But what you may not know is that you don’t have to rely on a little blue pill to rev things up again. There are a host of natural supplements that can take your sex life from “eh” to "ahhh-MAZING"—while benefitting your overall health and wellbeing at the same time. Here are five of my favorites:

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1. Ginseng

Ginseng, known as the natural Viagra, has a strong reputation for improving sex drive—and for good reason. As one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world, millions of people supplement with the root plant to treat a variety of health conditions from inflammation, to low immune function, to stubborn weight gain—and, of course, sexual dysfunction. A 2008 review of 28 clinical studies suggested that powered Korean red ginseng increased sexual arousal and treated erectile dysfunction in men. Additionally, research conducted by the Department of Physiology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine showed that ginseng can directly facilitate erections by relaxing erectile tissue and increasing blood flow.

2. Saw palmetto

The benefits of saw palmetto have been known for centuries. It was first used as a medicinal plant by Native American tribes in the southeastern United States; then, in the early 1900s men began using the berries of the plant to treat urinary tract problems and increase sperm production. Today, saw palmetto is commonly used to improve prostate health (it reduces the multiplication of prostatic cells and treats prostatic enlargement), but it is also known to naturally increase testosterone levels. Because saw palmetto inhibits the conversion of testosterone into DHT, the body is able to maintain normal levels of testosterone, which then combats fatigue, low sex drive and erectile dysfunction.

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3. Fenugreek

If you’re reading this and thinking that you may not need any of these supplements since you already have a pretty decent sex life, I have one suggestion: Try fenugreek anyway. In a study published in Phytotherapy Research, a group of men between the ages of 25 and 52 years were given 600 milligrams of fenugreek extract per day for six weeks. Through self-evaluation, the participants reported that the supplement had a positive effect on their libidos. The study found that fenugreek extract had a significant influence on sexual arousal, energy and stamina, while helping the men maintain normal testosterone levels. The best part? None of the participants had a previous history of erectile dysfunction, showing that fenugreek may help you go from good to great in the bedroom.

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