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I heard about supplements that can give your libido a boost. Which are the best ?

There are several natural substances around that enhance sex drive, all of which claim to make bedtime (or perhaps anytime) more alluring. B vitamins are needed for testosterone production - and a deficiency in testosterone causes low sex drive in both men and women - as well as adrenal support, energy production and healthy nerves. So you could take a high-strength multivitamin or B complex. On the herb front, there is Ginseng, Muira Puama and Maca as well as Damiana

Ginseng is widely regarded as a 'sexual rejuvenator' and animal studies have shown it to increase testosterone levels, help the body adapt to stress and boost energy. You need about 1 gram a day of either Panax ginseng (standardised to 10 per cent ginsenosides) or Siberian ginseng (standerdised to 1 per cent eleutherosides).

Muira Puama is native to the Brazilian Amazon, and its workings, too, are shrouded in mystery. In a study in France, 62 per cent of men who took it claimed it had changed their lives. Try 1 gram a day.

Maca (Lepidium Meyenii) is native to Peru's central highlands, where it has been used in traditional Andean culture to awaken healthy passion. Experiments on animals showed increased sexual performance and improved erectile function even in rats with their testes removed! Try 3 to 5 grams of ground maca.

Damiana is a central American shrub that is said to stimulate production of testoterone, although the exact mechanism is not known. Try 400 to 800 mg twice daily.

These amount are for the individual herbs, so try one or two at a time - otherwise you might be up all night! You can also find many herbal remedies containing combinations of these herbs. 

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