Ashwagandha For Increased Libido

In the past few decades, we saw the most rapid growth of technology, development and innovations which changed the lifestyles of most. It has been more busy, hectic and stressful, and these changes have had a drastic impact on not only the overall health, but also on the sexual drive and bedroom experience of a number of people all over the world [1].     

Both men and women are struggling with decreased sexual drive attributing to their stressful lifestyle. The issue has become more pronounced for the millennials given their urge to multitask. This vicious cycle of working too hard and not being able to enjoy life which builds stress has led many people to rely on supplemental aphrodisiacs to help them last longer in bed. However, OTC supplements can have a negative impact on your body and may not show desired results. Therefore, here we talk about one natural herb that has been crowned as an aphrodisiac in Ayurveda – Ashwagandha. 

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that holds utmost importance in the ancient medicinal science given its many health benefits. Its aphrodisiac properties make it one of the best herbs for increasing sexual drive, building fertility and boosting libido in both men and women [2]. It increases the sexual drive by stimulating the production of nitric oxide which then stimulates blood flow in the genital areas increasing sexual drive [3]

How Does Ashwagandha Help Increase Libido?

Apart from increasing the production of nitric oxide and improving blood flow, Ashwagandha has some other functions that can help increase libido in both men and women. Here’s how Ashwagandha increases sexual drive: 

  • It Lowers Stress

Ashwagandha is also an adaptogen that helps reduce stress levels. There are several research papers that back the claim of how Ashwagandha can help reduce stress and anxiety [4,5]. This has an indirect but positive impact on your sexual wellness. We’ve already established that stress is one of the major reasons why you may not be able to perform in bed. Therefore, reducing stress levels can increase the probability of an upward surge in your sex drive, especially if you are in a healthy relationship. 

  • Increases Testosterone Levels in Men

Depleting levels of the sex hormone, testosterone, in men can take a toll on their sexual drive. Ashwagandha has found to increase the levels of testosterone and also improve the sperm quality in men. In a study involving 75 infertile men, Ashwagandha showed to increase the sperm count and motility by regulating the reproductive hormone levels and reducing oxidative stress [6].

  • Improves Energy Levels

Energy and enthusiasm are what may sexual activities all the more fun and pleasing. If you are lethargic throughout the act, it will not only affect your experience but also partner’s. Ashwagandha has the ability to boost your energy levels which in turn can spike up your sexual desire and put you in the mood [7]

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