Low sex drive, also referred to as low libido, tends to be linked to stress, tiredness or relationship problems, but can sometimes be triggered by an underlying medical condition. To find out the cause, you should make an appointment to see your doctor. But it’s also important to note everyone’s sex drive is different and there’s no such think as having a ‘normal’ libido. If your low libido doesn’t have a serious cause, it may be worth trying a natural remedy.
Several studies link maca, a Peruvian plant, to increased libido.
A 2008 study (A Double‐Blind, Randomized, Pilot Dose‐Finding Study of Maca Root (L. Meyenii) for the Management of SSRI‐Induced Sexual Dysfunction) found maca root could help boost sexual desire.
Another study (Effect of Black maca (Lepidium meyenii) on one spermatogenic cycle in rats) involving rats suggested maca can boost sperm production.
The reason why maca may be able to boost libido is because it contains an ingredient called arginine.
Research has linked this to increased testosterone levels, a hormone that promotes libido in both men and women.
While you should always check with your doctor because using supplements to treat health conditions, the 2008 study found 3g or less of maca per day was “well-tolerated” among women.
Maca powder is available as a supplement in UK health stores, but another supplement proven to increase sex drive is vitamin E.
He said the vitamin 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 helps with blood flow and oxygenation of the body, according to Rick.
Vitamin E is available in supplement form but the Department of Health and Social Care warns not to take too much, as it could be harmful.
Taking 540mg or less a day of vitamin E supplements is unlikely to cause any harm.
It also advises: “You should be able to get the amount of vitamin E you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.”
Six foods packed with vitamin E include:
- Butternut squash
- Kiwi fruit