Ingredients: Maca root powder (Lepidium Meyenii), Ashwagandha rood powder (Withania Somnifera, Shatavari root powder (Asparagus Racemosus).
Suggested serving size: Use up to 1 tablespoon (10g) per day.
Directions to use: Sprinkle on your morning cereal, mix into a smoothie or add to a glass of warm milk.
Caution: If pregnant or breastfeeding seek professional advice before using.
More about the ingredients:
Maca (Lepidium meyenii ):
Chris Kilham, author of Hot Plants, says, “Maca enjoys a very long history of successful medicinal use for menopausal discomfort, infertility, and sexual healing. The question is not whether it works — because we know it works with certainty — but how it works”.
British scientists surveyed eight bicycle racers regarding their sexual desire, and then timed them on a 40 km course. The racers were then given either a placebo or maca daily. After two weeks, the racers rode the course again and completed another sexual desire survey. Compared with the placebo group, the racers taking the herb clocked faster times and reported greater libido.
Australian researchers took blood from 14 postmenopausal women and surveyed their menopausal symptoms and sexual functioning. Then the women were given either a placebo or maca (3500 mg/day) for six weeks, after which the groups were switched for another six weeks (a crossover study). After taking the herb, new blood samples were drawn. The women’s before-and-after blood tests showed that maca had no impact on hormones involved in menopause or sexuality. But while taking the herb, the women reported fewer menopausal problems (anxiety and depression) and improved sexual function.
Maca is not a magical aphrodisiac, but these studies all suggest that it modestly tweaks sexual desire and function. Maca is proven to enhance male sexual desire without affecting male sex hormone levels and improves sexual dysfunction in post-menopausal women and increases libido even in women taking SSRIs.
Maca has become a popular fertility herb and for good reason. Studies have shown repeat success in improving sperm health, increase in sperm count and stronger motility. George Foss, a nutritional supplement formulator, says: Maca Root herb is quite different from prescription drugs like Viagra. First of all, those types of drugs are used almost exclusively by men, for the express purpose of achieving an erection. Maca Root, on the other hand works for both men and women. And instead of forcing a particular organ of the body to function, it increases overall sexual drive and libido. In other words, one of its chief characteristics is that it boosts the flagging desire for sex, whether the person taking it is male or female.
Several clinical studies have demonstrated that Maca works primarily on the hypothalamus gland in the brain, triggering specific biochemical and neurochemical processes directly related to increased sexual drive and arousal. However, some preliminary research has demonstrated that Maca also helps regulate sex hormones naturally, bringing abnormally low levels up, and abnormally high levels down. Either way, the result is a more youthful and energetic sexual drive, regardless of gender.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifer):
Chris Kilham, an ethnobotanist who investigates the healing powers of plants has this to say about ashwagandha’s effect on sexual vitality: Ashwagandha is also India’s most potent hot plant. It is used equally by men and women, and is widely prescribed by physicians to adults with low libido, and to improve sexual function.
In India, studying Ashwagandha to see if the root demonstrates aphrodisiac properties would be like conducting a study to see if people get wet when they take showers. These effects are self-evident, reinforced by millennia of results.
As an adaptogen, the root helps the body to normalize all aspects of healthy function in the face of stress. One of the many noticeable areas in which this turnaround takes place is sexual. Men and women who have lost their desire for sex, or have lost function, find that they become aroused again – and ready to engage in sexual activity.
Ashwagandha root is considered a most important herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Its ability to serve as a tonic and adaptogen in many of the same ways as Panax ginseng is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is well known. It is one of the best herbs for building libido and fertility for both men and women.
Shatavari ( Asparagus Racemosus):
Shatavari boosts female sex drive and is an excellent tonic for a woman’s body. In Ayurveda it is considered the most important herb for women, having similar effects as ashwagandha has in men. Shatavari helps to regenerate the entire body, bringing vitality and increasing energy. It promotes the overall wellness of mind and body. Shatavari also strengthens and nourishes the reproductive system and balances female hormones
Like maca, shatavari is a overall “feel good” herb – boosting libido, supporting the adrenal glands, gently pumping energy levels while nourishing the nervous system … It’s so celebrated for its lubricating properties that Eastern and Western herbalists often include it in formulas meant to combat the waning sex drive that can occur around the menopausal years.
MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE PLANTS:
Maca, Ashwagandha, Tribulus Terrestis and Shatavari are all rich in phytonutrients, natural chemicals found in plant foods, and alkaloids, substances that often have pharmacological effects.
Maca – 10-15% proteins, 16 minerals, 7 vitamins, 19 amino acids, alkaloids (macamides) and glucocinates
Ashwagandha – iron, glycowithanolides (antioxidants), alkaloids (withanolides) and flavonoids
Shatavari – steroidal saponins (shatavarins), isoflavones, asparagamine (alkaloid substance similar to aspirin) and polysaccharides