Lifestyle, Nootropics, Supplements

Complete guide of nootropics and supplements for boosting libido and improving sex life

As we age, our hormonal levels decline. A lot of workload and overall stress can impact our sex drive and libido. Blood circulation gets worse as the time goes as well.

It is sometimes difficult to find the root of the problem of erectile disfunction or low libido, but you can do   some steps even before contacting a professional.  These steps would be focusing on sleep quality and quantity, focusing on foods high in amino acids responsible for nitric oxide production, and exercising in powerlifting style (which will in most cases boost levels of testosterone). And also there are some supplements that can help additionally if you have a solid foundation already. We will take a look at them.

AMINO ACIDS

L –arginine

L arginine is an amino acid that is a precursor to nitric oxide. Nitrix oxide is responsible for the transport of blood into the penis during erection. It helps the blood vessels to relax, and there can be more oxygenated blood transported through the arteries.

L-citrulline

L citrulline supplement is even more efficient in increasing serum L-arginine than the L-arginine itself and increases Nitric oxide production. The most efficient way is to supplement both L-citrulline and L-arginine.

L-Tyrosine

L tyrosine, as a precursor to dopamine, can boost sex drive by increasing levels of neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine influences many processes in the body, and one of them is sexual motivation.

 

Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Acetyl-L-Carnitine is an amino acid that also contributes to nitric oxide production. It also increases sperm motility significantly . There is even a study that was comparing the effect of testosterone injections versus supplementing Acetyl –L-Carnitine and Propionyl L-Carnitine , on the erectile function. The group of people that have taken Acetyl-L-Carnitine with Propionyl L-Carnitine, boosted erections by 100 percent more than group that had been injected with testosterone and by 166 percent more than placebo group  .

You can find Acetyl- l -carnitine in our Triple energy coffee.  It aso contain Ginseng, which is a vasodilator, so it contricts blood vessels, and Schisandra chinensis which is a plant that is strong energiser. So Triple energy coffee may be helpful when you are trying to improve your love life.

ADAPTOGENS and HERBS

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is a chinese tree, that i sused for hundreds of years in traditional medicine in China. It has been used in treatment of Alzheimer disease. Ginkgo Biloba can possibly treat erectile dysfunction and low libido. It increase levels of nitric oxide, which is responsible for erections. It also reduces anxiety and that can contribut to higher libido.

Yohimbine (Be careful with)

Yohimbine is an alkaloid derived from the African tree Yohimbe. It works as an alpha-2 adrenergic antagonist. It increases dopamine and epinephrine , and decreases serotonin. It also increases blood pressure. Be careful with supplementing Yohimbine, because in some people it raises anxiety a lot.

Horny Goat Weed

Horny Goat weed is a flowering plant mostly from China. Horny Goat weed contain flavonoid Icariin, which is a PDE-5 inhibitor, similar to sildenafil that is used in Viagra, but much weaker. Another patway that is using for improving erections, is promoting Nitric Oxide signalling. It also contain another important flavonoids, sterols and alkaloids.  Horny Goat Weed is probably increasing libido by reducing the enzyme acetylcholinesterase. Then the expression of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine is stronger in the brain and is creating sexual arousal.

Ginseng (Panax Ginseng)

Panax Ginseng is a well-known adaptogen. It grows in Korea, China and Siberia. It has been traditionally used to treat sexual dysfunction. Based on a study, men can find improvement in erectile dysfunction problems with treatment of ginseng in 900 milligrams dosages 3 times per day. It can also raise libido by increasing neurotransmitters Dopamine and Acetylcholine and modulating Gaba, as it did in the rat study. 

 

Maca

Maca is a plant that is sometimes called Peruvian Ginseng. It has been used as a traditional medicine and offers many benefits, such as boosting energy, improving mood, reducing blood pressure, but most important, it can improve symptoms of erectile dysfunction and enhance libido. It contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, Vitamin C, potassium, and key amino acids that improve erection and libido as well, such as phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and arginine. It is not fully understood why Maca boosts sexual desire, but there is a study that proves Maca increased sexual desire independently of testosterone levels, or estrogen levels, and independently of levels of anxiety or depression .

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a herb from the same family as soy. It is used commonly as an ingredient in the Indian dishes. When it comes to sex, Fenugreek can increase libido, improve erectile dysfunction, and increase fertility. It also offers many other benefits, such as antidiabetic, anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

 

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha , also called Indian Ginseng, is an adaptogenic herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. It has strong anti-anxiety effects because it can lower cortisol significantly. It improves subjective well-being. It is also able to increase Luteinizing hormone in infertile men , which is a hormone that triggers the production of testosterone in men and estradiol in women.

Tongkat Ali (Longjack)

Tongkat ali, or Eurycoma longifolia, is a herb that grows in Southeast Asia. It contains flavonoids, alkaloids, and  other antioxidants. Tongkat Ali can also reduce the amount of cortisol in the body. Study made on 63 people with moderate stress showed reduced cortisol levels by 16 percent and increased testosterone by 37 percent.

VITAMINS AND MINERALS

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. It is known for increasing sex drive. There are mixed results from studies that has been made in conjuction with sexual function. But  if you consume a lot of Polyunsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin E can eliminate negative effects from these unhealthy fats, and by this way can reduce negative impact of PUFAs on testosterone levels.

Boron

Boron is a mineral that is not well-known as a suplement. Many bodybuilders use boron because of its ability to  increase free testosterone. Based on a study, 5 healthy adults were suplementing 10 miligrams of Boron per day. They reduced their estrogen levels by raising their free testosterone, possibly by reducing sex-hormone binding globulin.

Zinc

Zinc is a key mineral in a human body. It plays important role in DNA synthesis, learning and memory, and wound healing. Right amount of zinc is also essential for proper sexual function. Zinc probably works as an aromatase inhibitor, which means it will protect testosterone from converting to estrogen.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is actually a hormone. Vitamin D offers a lot of benefits, such as reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, reducing risk of getting many different typs of cancer, and decrease in risk of bone fractures. There has also been study that noted an increase of testosterone od 25 percent when they supplemented with 3332 IU of vitamin D every day for 1 year.

Selenium

There is a mixed evidence on Selenium boosting testosterone levels. There are some studies proving that it can boost testosterone and some studies that prove the opposite. But selenium boosts production of glutathione, which is the most powerful antioxidant in the body and strong antioxidant activity in the body can be a way to boosting libido and increasing sex drive.

FOOD EXTRACTS

Cocoa extract

Cocoa extract contains a lot of healthy substances, such as polyphenols and epicatechin. Epicatechin improves

blood circulation in the body and can increase the production of nitric oxide, what can help with erections and libido as well. It also lowers overall inflammation.

Beet root powder

Beet root powder offers a lot of health benefits. It is cardio protective, and can be a potencial treatment for  insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension and kidney function.  Beet root powder contain nitrates, and they promote vasodilation which is beneficial for erections.

Grape seed extract 

Grape seed extract is high in antioxidants , and oligomeric proanthocyanidin. Proanthocyanidin is a natural aromatase inhibitor, preventing a conversion of testosterone to estrogen. It can also increase nitric oxide production, and offers many more benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, lowering C-reactive protein (which is an inflammation marker in the body), and lowering overall inflammation.

Pine Bark (Pycnogenol)

Pycnogenol works very similarly to proanthocyanidin. It raises production of nitrix oxide. Based on a study, pycnogenol in combination with arginine significantly boost erection quality .

OTHERS

DHEA

DHEA , or dehydroepiandrosterone, is a hormone that body produce in the adrenal glands. It is considered to be a hormone of youth.  tis also possible to suplement DHEA. Body converts DHEA into testosterone, estrogen, and dihydrotestosterone. Levels of DHEA are declining approximately at the age of 35. In older people, it can increas a sense of well-being, and libido as well. It is important to consult usage of DHEA with your doctor.

 

L-dopa

L-dopa is a precursor to dopamine and epinephrine. It is used to treat Parkinson disease. L-dopa is connected to increased libido and sexual apetite. But it is not recommended to be used often and we recommend to consult the usage with your doctor.

TAKEAWAY

Sex drive mostly depends on levels of hormones that you have in your body. Testosterone, Estrogen, and their ratio are very important not only for libido and sex drive but also for overall mood and sense of wellbeing. Also there is an importance of having precursors such as DHEA and Pregnenolone.

The most important things when it comes to maintaining optimal testosterone and estrogen levels (and maintaining optimal amount of precursors)  are nutrition  , optimal weight training and high quality sleep. These are the basics. On top of that , you can add supplements for blood flow ( L-arginine, L-citrulline, Ginkgo, ginseng and beet root powder) and supplements that mostly increase and appetite for sex (Yohimbine,  vitamin E, boron, Tongkat Ali) and building blocks that contribute to testosterone production , dopamine synthesis or semen production ( L-tyrosine,  Acetyl-L-Carnitine , Maca, Zinc, or DHEA).

You can try to experiment, however if you still have feelings  of low sex drive and low mood overall, you have to go and get your total and free levels of testosterone checked. Also don´t forget to check your estrogen levels because they are also very important for keeping healthy sex drive.

DISCLAIMER: The information included in this article is intended for entertainment and informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to buying anything, check that it is compliant where you live with your current government laws.

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