Forever HealthTM Libido Support is a specialized formulation that contains the finest-quality, herbal ingredients to benefit sexual health.
More commonly known as a cereal grain or oats, Avena Sativa (oat plant) is cultivated worldwide. Many nutrients are contained in Avena Sativa including vitamins B, magnesium, iron, and zinc. It has been suggested that Avena Sativa’s tension-relieving effects decrease sexual ailments that are related to stress and anxiety, but research is inconclusive.
CocoActiv (Theobroma cacao)
Theobroma cacao, also known as cocoa, is cultivated in tropical regions of Central and South America. Cocoa contains antioxidants, including phytochemicals that are beneficial to sexual health. Furthermore, the high polyphenol content enhances nitric oxide synthesis to improve blood circulation throughout the body.,
Commonly used in Chinese medicine to balance hormones and stimulate sexual behavior, Dong Quai is a plant that grows in the mountain regions of Korea, Japan, and China. There is evidence that Dong Quai increases sexual behavior, as it has been reported in female animals. Yet, Dong Quai research is inconclusive.
One of the oldest living trees, Ginkgo Biloba can survive over 1,000 years and grow 120 feet. The leaves contain two unique antioxidants, flavone glycosides and terpene lactones, which improve circulation and maintain the tone and elasticity of arteries and capillaries.
One cause of impotence is poor blood circulation. Ginkgo improves blood flow throughout the body by restoring the nitric oxide balance., 19 One study observed the effects of ginkgo on impotence among 60 patients. It was reported that 6 to 8 weeks of ginkgo supplementation improved blood flow in 50% of the patients.
The improvements in nitric oxide synthesis have made gingko a beneficial aid for restoring microcirculation and relaxing vascular walls in older individuals with circulation problems, including erectile ailments. As individuals age, endothelial function (interior blood vessel cells) decreases altering coronary blood flow. One study recruited 60 healthy elderly adults to take ginkgo or a placebo. Results indicated ginkgo increased coronary blood flow and improved endothelial function by increasing dilation of the arteries.
Ginseng has commonly been used as an herbal treatment in Asian medicine to treat sexual ailments. Several studies have found ginseng can improve libido and sexual performance suggesting the herb’s ginsenoside components aid the central nervous system and gonadal tissues.23 Furthermore, ginseng increases potency by improving nitric oxide synthesis in many organs to stimulate tissues and increase sexual drive.
One study gave 108 women (22-73 years old) with a low sex drive a nutritional combination (Ginseng and other nutrients) or a placebo. After four weeks, women taking the nutritional formulation reported significant improvement in sexual health, especially among pre- and periomenopausal women.
The effects of ginseng were observed in female rabbits with sexual ailments. Results indicated that ginseng was a therapeutic treatment for relaxing the vaginal smooth muscle tissue concluding this action was mediated by nitric oxide synthesis. Another study found that male rats taking ginseng had an increase in mating behavior, when compared to the controlled group.
L-Arginine is a semi-essential amino acid that aids nitric oxide synthesis by increasing circulation and dilating blood vessels. In addition, it stimulates the secretion of hormones. L-Arginine aids normal erectile function, as it maintains nitric oxide synthesis and restores suppressed blood circulation.
L-Arginine can reverse the actions of NG-nitro-L-Arginine, a nitric oxide inhibitor. One study found the amino acid improved oxide synthesis by relaxing the penile small arteries to aid normal erectile function.1
A six-week study recruited 50 men with libido ailments to take L-Arginine or a placebo. Results indicated L-Arginine improved erectile function in men by restoring nitric oxide levels. An animal study reviewed L-Arginine’s effect on erectile function in rats taking the nutrient for eight-weeks. Results indicated L-Arginine increased nitric oxide synthesis by nearly 100% in the treatment group to aid normal erectile function.
Fifty patients with mild to moderate libido ailments took an L-Arginine/Pycnogenol combination for one month finding erectile function was restored and testosterone levels increased in the treatment group.
Another study recruited 45 patients to take an L-Arginine/Yohimbine Hydrochloride combination, Yohimbine Hydrochloride, or a placebo. Results indicated a significant improvement in erectile function among patients taking the L-Arginine/Yohimbine Hydrochloride combination, when compared to the other two groups.
Maca Root (MacaPure®)
Discovered in the Andes mountains, Maca root has been used for generations in Peru to improve fertility and sexual drive.
A twelve-week study gave men (21 to 56 years old) 1,500 mg of Maca, 3,000 mg of Maca, or a placebo. Subjects taking Maca reported an increase in sexual desire, when compared to the placebo group. Furthermore, the nutrient did not change testosterone or estradiol levels.
MacaPure® was given to male mice with libido ailments, observing the herb supported erectile function and increased the number of sperm-positive female mice to improve reproduction. A similar study gave female mice Maca, finding the nutrient enhanced female fertility in the treatment group to significantly create more offspring. MacaPure® was also administered to female mice and male rats. Results indicated Maca increased the number of sperm-positive female mice and normalized erectile function in male rats.9
Various Maca doses were compared among male rats with erectile ailments. Researchers discovered that both an acute (7 days) and short-term (21 days) treatment improved sexual behavior, while long-term administration (30 days) did not additionally enhance the benefits of an acute or short-term dose.
Maca may also benefit sperm activity. One study found that sperm count increased in male rats taking Maca for seven days, as daily sperm production began to increase after the first day of treatment. In addition, Maca did not increase testicular testosterone levels.
A small Brazilian tree that grows mainly in the Amazon region, Muira Puama has a long history in Brazilian folk medicine as an aphrodisiac to improve low sex drive.
One study gave a Muira Puama/Ginkgo Biloba formulation to 202 healthy women with low sex drive. After one month of treatment, subjects noticed significant improvement in sexual health. In addition, Muira Puama has been observed to have possible stimulant activity that improves physical and mental fatigue, without creating stress or anxiety.
Tribulus Terrestris is a vine plant that grows in tropical, mild climates throughout the United States, southern Asia, northern Australia, and southern Europe. Known for its ability to increase energy and sex drive, it is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Tribulus’ effect on erectile function was evaluated in male rabbits and rats with erectile ailments. Results indicated an eight-week treatment with Tribulus increased sex hormones, including certain testosterone hormones that help balance mild to moderate erectile ailments.
One study found that Tribulus improved sexual behavior in rats concluding the aphrodisiac activity may be due to the nutrients ability to increase testosterone levels. The same researchers conducted another animal study observing the effects of Tribulus on androgen receptors in the brain. Results indicated an eight-week treatment of Tribulus significantly increased mechanisms associated with androgen receptor sites to improve sexual drive. Similarly, Tribulus increased androgen activity and the release of nitric oxide to improve sexual function in rabbits taking the nutrient for eight-weeks.
Additional Information – Dosage & Interactions
As a dietary supplement, take three capsules daily, or as directed by a physician.
Avena Sativa – Up to 300 mg per day
Cocoa – Up to 500 mg per day (40 mg theobromine)
Dong Quai – Up to 3 grams in divided doses
Gingko Biloba – 120 to 160 mg per day to aid circulation; 240 mg per day for improving cognitive abilities and balancing mood
Ginseng – Up to 200 mg per day (2 mg eleutherosides)
L-Arginine – Up to 15 g per day
Maca Root – Up to 2,250 mg per day (14 mg of macamides and macenes)
Muira Puama – 500 mg to 2 grams per day
Tribulus Terrestris – Up to 750 mg per day (330 mg saponins)
The maximum safe dosages of the nutrients in this formula have not been determined for children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease. As with all supplement regimens, please consult your physician prior to use.
Avena Sativa – Individuals with gluten sensitivities should avoid supplements with Avena Sativa.
Cocoa – There are no known adverse reactions with proper supplementation.
Dong Quai – Possible side effects may include fever, upset stomach, and thinning of the blood. Dong Quai should not be used during pregnancy.
Gingko Biloba – Occasional gastrointestinal upset, allergic skin reaction and headache. Due to its blood thinning properties, care should be used by individuals with blood clotting problems or those taking anticoagulant medications.
Ginseng – Individuals with cardiovascular disease or diabetes (may lower blood glucose levels) should use caution when taking supplements with Ginseng.
L-Arginine – The most common adverse reactions occur at higher doses (15 to 30 g per day), which include nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid L-Arginine supplementation as it may stimulate growth hormone.
Maca Root – There are no known adverse reactions with proper supplementation.
Muira Puama – There are no known adverse reactions with proper supplementation.
Tribulus Terrestris – There are no known adverse reactions with proper supplementation.
Consult a physician before taking Libido Support, as the following key nutrients may interact with certain medications.
Avena Sativa – Statins (oat bran may impair absorption)
Cocoa – There are no known interactions with proper supplementation.
Dong Quai – Blood Thinning Medicine (Coumadin, Plavix, etc.) Antithrombolytics
Gingko Biloba – Blood thinning medicine (Coumadin, Plavix, etc.); Pain Relievers (Advil, Motrin, etc.), Naproxen (Aleve, etc.); Anti-Depressants (Zoloft, Paxil, etc.); High blood pressure medicine (Cardizem, Cardene, etc.); Anti-convulsants (Dilantin, Tegretol, etc.); and/or Insulin.
Ginseng – Albendazole, Anticoagulants, Insulin, Estrogen, MAOIs, Nifedipine
L-Arginine – Diuretics (Aldactone, Midamor, Dyazide, etc.); Estrogen (Premarin, Estrace, etc.); Ibuprofen; Sildenafil Citrate; Cyclosporine; Organic Nitrates
Maca Root – There are no known interactions with proper supplementation.
Muira Puama – There are no known interactions with proper supplementation.
Tribulus Terrestris – There are no known interactions with proper supplementation.
*Statements made herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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