Ingredients: Maca root powder (Lepidium Meyenii), Ashwagandha rood powder (Withania Somnifera), Gokshura powder (Tribulus Terrestris).
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.
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.
• Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestis): Researchers have discovered Tribulus terrestris possesses adaptogenic qualities. Even though it rejuvenates testosterone levels, it does not stimulate testosterone production beyond normal physiological levels … Normal testosterone levels contribute to a healthier libido, prostate health, fertility, and better sexual function – and satisfaction. Normal testosterone levels also encourage muscle development and contribute to weight loss. It is also known to help maintain energy levels, contribute to better sleep, stabilize mood, and promote a greater ability to deal with stress. All of which are known to decline with age and the onset of andropause.
The main part of Tribulus that aids in fertility for men is a constituent called protodioscin. This constituent improves DHEA levels in the male body. In men with ED, it has been found they have low levels of DHEA. Some studies have shown that protodioscin, extracted from Tribulus, increases natural DHEA levels needed for proper erection. Protodioscin is also the main constituent that is responsible for Tribulus’ aphrodisiac qualities. Increase in sexual desire when using this plant has been reported by both men and women. Protodioscin, the main active ingredient in the herbal plant Tribulus terrestris, have been shown by clinical studies to increase the level of DHEA and testosterone in men.
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
Tribulus – steroidal saponins (dioscin, diosgenin, protodioscin) and phytosterols, especially beta-sitosterols