You might be tired after a long day, but you still want to make love with your partner, especially if you are hoping to conceive a child. While prescription drugs, such as Viagra, have a number of risks and aren’t appropriate for most couples, natural herbal remedies can potentially help enhance sexuality and overall energy, according to Discovery Health. Keep in mind that pregnant and nursing women or anyone taking medication should not ingest herbs or supplements without first speaking to a doctor.
Peruvian Maca Root
The maca root is considered “natural Viagra” in Peru, according to Discovery Health. Others compare it to the classic herbal sexual remedy ginseng, though maca doesn’t have any type of ginseng within its natural properties. The Incas used this herb to boost libido and sexual ability centuries ago; preparations of maca are now sold in health food stores throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
The actual root, which resembles a radish, can stay fresh for seven years and mostly grows in Peru’s Central Highlands. Inca legends dating back to 500 years ago also claim that maca increases fertility, so this remedy may help both men and women hoping to natural boost their energy and also create a little bundle of joy through their lovemaking.
Arizona physician Gary Gordon, M.D., former president of the American College for Advancement in Medicine, advises people to take at least 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams of maca supplements daily. He noted in an interview with Discovery Health that taking even more is not dangerous and that studies show no toxicity after a mammal consumes high amounts of maca.
Guarana is one of the main ingredients in what is called the “super sex drink” in Brazil and may be another safe way to boost your sex life naturally, according to Discovery Health. The plant is renowned for its caffeine content and ability to increase energy. Guarana bars are popular throughout Brazil and are also cropping up in Peru. The herb is sold in pill form throughout the United States and other Western countries through major drugstores and online retailers.
Men with zinc deficiencies and problems with erectile dysfunction may be able to use zinc supplements to improve their erections, according to MayoClinic.com. But people who already have normal zinc levels probably won’t gain any sexual enhancement from zinc. Also, taking too much zinc can harm the body’s immune system.