Sex Drive Support - Sexual Health and Enhancement for Adults
by Dusty R. Green, Research
Scientist / Author
I've personally been experimenting with
natural aphrodisiacs for years and wrote about them in "piecemeal
fashion." One day, it dawned on me that I hadn't "spelled-it-out"
for those of you who may be interested.
Many people I've counseled over the decades have reported the same positive
experiences indicated below.
My Experiences With Each
The first supplement I started
using in the early 90's was
D, L-phenylalanine. It does so many things for us besides sex drive that there's not enough
room here to discuss all the benefits (thus, the above link). In short, it turns out that one of the major
contributions to our bodies is it boosts dopamine (a major brain
neurotransmitter) back to normal levels --
particularly in the aging "Baby Boomer" population. Dopamine is a major
neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for feelings associated with sex.
I assumed my
dopamine levels were okay until I started taking D, L-phenylalanine on a regular
basis and to my surprise, the whole sexual experience became more intense.
D, L-Phenylalanine Dose
Once I maximized my dose to two gm/day (4 caps in the AM before food or any other
supplements), I noticed longer and more intense orgasms. That was great
... didn't know what I'd been missing.
More than 4 caps of D, L-phenylalanine/day doesn't
necessarily mean better. The same goes for
most natural products. In
essence, they tell us how much is needed to get the desired effect. Anything over the
optimum dose is generally wasted money. The body utilizes what it needs
and you excrete the rest. However, if/when you are in a deficiency state,
the body benefits from the recommended dose in most cases.
Then Came Avena Sativa -- Green Oats
Before I learned about green oats, I didn't
think sex could be any better than the D, L-phenylalanine experience. The green oats discovery
came about a year after I started using phenylalanine. Green oats assists in
freeing up "bound testosterone."
Testosterone is a hormone that has powerful sexual implications for males and
females, both. Typically, male testosterone levels are 10:1 over estrogen levels and females are
10:1 in favor of estrogen over testosterone. As we age, testosterone becomes bound to fat
molecules in both sexes. It doesn't work so good when bound ... we want it to be
"free." The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human
Sexuality in San Francisco discovered the testosterone releasing effects
of green oats on the body. Men and women in the studies reported increases in sex
drive after consuming 300 mg/day as long as it is also combined with saw
It Only Works For Awhile
I have discovered green oats works to a
certain degree. Once it converts all the "bound testosterone" to
"free testosterone," then it
seems to cease working for sexual enhancement. And, it is for this reason that I put it in
my system for a couple of weeks and lay-off for 2-3 months.
Tribulus terrestris (TT) has been
shown to naturally enhance testosterone levels in males and females both.
Tribulus terrestris (TT) comes from a
plant called puncture vine found in tropical areas of the world. Since
it is natural, it does not have the negative side effects associated with steroids. Steroids keep
testosterone levels elevated for extended periods-of-time which may cause health
problems if abused.
Testicular atrophy, acne, gynecomastia (breast enlargement), deep voice, prostate
enlargement, liver toxicity, kidney stress, and excessive hair growth are known side
effects of steroid abuse. Steroids can cut-off natural testosterone production
causing testosterone-producing organs to shrink or cease functioning.
show Tribulus terrestris (TT) may mimic natural
testosterone production. For most healthy people, testosterone is normally released into the body in pulses.
morning pulses and evening pulses. After an oral dose of Tribulus terrestris
(TT), testosterone levels can rise 30-60 minutes later. Studies on TT show testosterone levels in men can be boosted
significantly above normal levels. The boost returns to normal levels a
later after taking approximately 625-1250 mg. For this reason, I take 1-2 capsules
before sex. And no, it doesn't create big bulging
L-arginine serves other functions besides increasing blood flow in the
genital region. Arginine is required in the body to synthesize nitric oxide.
The prestigious journal Science called nitric oxide "molecule of the year"
in 1993 because of several health benefits associated with proper nitric oxide
metabolism. Nitric oxide enables the arterial system to retain its youthful elasticity,
which may assist with normalizing blood pressure in some people. Nitric oxide helps to produce endothelial
relaxation factor, which is needed by the arterial system for expansion and contraction
with each heart beat. The inability of arteries to expand and contract in the penis
can be a
major cause of inadequate sexual performance.
Another product I recently discovered that
contains L-arginine is Lady-Vi. It's a cream, that when applied, acts a lubricant and
causes a tingling sensation in the male and female genitalia. The arginine in Lady-Vi appears to be transdermally absorbed in
males and females, both. Since it contains arginine, it appears to
possess the blood flow factor needed by the sex organs.
one I cycle on-and-off with Tribulus terrestris (TT) as needed. Estrogen
overload is a serious problem in aging men. High serum levels of estrogen
trick the brain into thinking that enough testosterone is being produced,
thereby slowing the natural production of testosterone. As
people age, testosterone becomes bound and is not available to the cell
receptor sites were it is needed to initiate sex stimulating centers in the
brain. The component in the blood that renders "free testosterone" inactive is
called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). Excess estrogen can increase the
production of SHBG and block testosterone-receptor sites. The natural compounds in Super Mira Forte
(zinc, muira puama, and maca root) have been shown to
effectively increase testosterone levels naturally while two other
ingredients, black pepper and chrysin,
Yohimbe Bark (yohimbine HCL)
Yohimbe bark (yohimbine HCL) is another "old standard."
Yohimbe bark (yohimbine HCL) works similarly to L-arginine. In addition
to assisting with sex drive, I'll occasionally, take 1 capsule before workouts due to the "mild speed" feeling. Other regular exercisers use it for the same
reason. Yohimbe comes from the bark of a tree found in West Africa. For
centuries, folk medicine practiced by tribes in this region and the
nearby West Indies Islands has included a tea distilled from the inner bark of
this tree. It is
the traditional fuel (aphrodisiac, if you will) for intense tribal sex ceremonies reported to last as
long as half a month -- rituals which might never have been possible without this
Stamina RX has been called "the frugal
alternative" due to its
low cost compared with drugs. Its actions in the erection department
(associated with our brain) make it one of the best nutritional supplements on the market for
sex drive support. The proprietary formula contains yohimbe, l-arginine
and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid).
(gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid produced in the brain. It acts as a
neurotransmitter -- a chemical that fosters communication between nerve cells
and helps to keep stress-related nerve impulses at bay.
The brain normally sends out all the GABA we need. Unfortunately, due to a poor
eating habits, environmental toxins, and other factors, levels of GABA become depleted.
A short supply of this compound may result in insomnia, anxiety, and
irritability. A deficiency of GABA has also been linked to negative
Other supplements to
consider are choline and Vitamin B5. The full menu of
Life Extension Mix contains generous amounts of these nutrients, however, some
people do not take the full menu of
Mix. Thus, a balanced
formula with just choline and Vitamin B5 was born for this purpose.
Since I have been taking the full Life Extension Mix menu for decades, choline
and Vitamin B5 is not a consideration for my sex drive experimentation.
Sexual arousal occurs not just
in the genitals but in the whole body and, especially, in the brain. For men,
it actually begins when the brain sends impulses down the spinal cord and out
to the nerves that serve the penis. These impulses trigger the production of
nitric oxide (NO), which causes penile arteries to dilate and the spongy core
of the penis to relax and become engorged with blood. The neurotransmitter
that carries the sexual message is acetylcholine (ACh) which is important for women, too.
Numerous studies confirm a key
role for cholinergic nerve transmission in sexual responses. Simply speaking,
with too little ACh, sex drive / sexual activity goes down. Increase ACh
levels (when there is a deficiency state), and
sexual activity goes up. ACh is involved in the build-up toward orgasm and the
urethral and vaginal contractions that occur during orgasm as well as the
subjective perception of orgasm intensity and duration.
Here's specifically how I
keep my sex drive "up" and the experience optimally fulfilling.
L-Phenylalanine -- Two
grams (gm) (which is the same as 2,000 milligrams -- mg) per day in the morning before
food or other supplements (not to be taken within 20 minutes of other amino
acids -- they compete for access through the blood/brain barrier). Build up to this amount if you haven't been taking
it -- 500 mg per day the first week, one gm (1,000 mg) per day the second week and so
on. This can be taken every day until you decide to quit using it.
Avena Sativa (green oats)
-- Two to four tablets per day for a week or two then lay-off for 2-3 months. I like this
particular formula since it combines saw palmetto (and others) with green oats.
According to The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human
Sexuality in San Francisco, saw palmetto is the necessary ingredient needed
along with avena sativa in order for it to turn "bound testosterone"
into "free testosterone."
or Tribex -- Two capsules 30 minutes before sex. Taking either of
these (not both) with green
oats is okay but not necessary. Tribex contains both tribulus terrestris
and green oats (the amount of green oats is not known in Tribex), however, no
-=- After you've finished your
bottle of Tribulus 625 or Tribex and green oats, then it's time to consider
Forte (along with I3C).
Super Mira Forte will elevate testosterone levels while suppressing/lowering
estrogen due to its combined ingredients. Consider taking the whole bottle of
Super Mira Forte per the label
directions then go back to Tribulus 625 (or Tribex) and green oats. This method of cycling
keeps your endocrine system "fired-up" due to the different organ
Intake varies from 5-30 gm per day.
In 1998, the Nobel
Prize was awarded for the discovery that blood flow is regulated by nitric
oxide (l-arginine is required for the body to synthesize nitric oxide). Blood flow into the penis is what creates an erection.
Blood flow into women's genitals increases sensation and orgasmic intensity.
This amino acid has nothing to do with testosterone and can be taken daily
with or without any of the above supplements (however, not at the same time as
D,L-phenylalanine or other amino acids). Some amino acids compete with
one another as they attempt to enter the blood brain barrier.
bark (yohimbine HCL) works similarly to L-arginine. This herb
has nothing to do with testosterone.
RX -- Stamina RX has been called "the frugal alternative" due to
its low cost compared to drugs. This is a good
"stand-alone" product for pre-sex. It contains a proprietary
blend of ingredients including yohimbe and l-arginine.
is a pleasure cream which contains l-arginine that can be applied to the
genitals daily ... or, just prior to having sexual relations.
B-5 can be taken daily.
Most people discover greater frequency and
more intense feelings when consuming the above supplements following the above
or similar schedule.
If a person has a psychological barrier to sex, effectiveness may be diminished.
Others to Consider for Sex
combination of L-Arginine and Yohimbe,
Horny Goat Weed,
Xanthoparmelia Scabrosa, Ginkgo Biloba, MACA, and Cnidium Monnier,
L-Theanine -- An extract from green tea that
enhances dopamine levels in the brain,
OptiZinc -- Helps to keep testosterone
Drive Support article
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Terrestis & Tribex | L-Arginine | Avena
Sativa | D,L Phenylalanine |
Bioidentical Hormones - Natural Estrogen/Progesterone |
Pleasure Cream |
Pleasure Pill |
Stamina-Rx | Super
Mira Forte | Theanine |
C | Yohimbe/Yohimbine HCL | Zinc