Using L-arginine to boost your libido
By Dr. Mary James, ND
Want to feel turned on again?
There are certain points in our lives when sex is all we can think about. And others
when it’s the last thing we’re thinking about.
If you’re simply not interested in sex, it’s okay. Honor that and don’t push yourself
But if you wish your libido were stronger, keep in mind that
physical changes may be the problem. And those changes aren’t all beyond
your control — they just require something new. If you truly want to rediscover
sexual pleasure and stimulation, you should learn more about L-arginine. It’s a
proven libido enhancer, but is also safe and all-natural.
What is L-arginine?
L-arginine is an amino acid that has several jobs in the body, two of which are especially
important. The first is to build specific proteins, like other amino acids. The
other is to increase the amount of nitric oxide, a powerful neurotransmitter, in
the bloodstream. More nitric oxide circulating through your system relaxes the blood
vessels, which improves blood flow. You can actually feel the positive effects!
L-arginine is often recommended to:
- Treat high blood pressure
- Relieve leg pain connected to poor blood flow
- Assist wound healing and recovery after surgery
- Address erectile dysfunction in men
But L-arginine has one further effect that isn’t so well-known: its enhancement
of blood flow has an especially dramatic impact on sexual arousal in women.
How L-arginine reliably increases libido
Supplementing with L-arginine can expand both sexual excitement and desire. This
helps you reach orgasm by amplifying both genital blood flow and smooth-muscle relaxation.
Once it gets in your body, L-arginine enhances sexual responsiveness by increasing
the nitric oxide in your blood, which relaxes and expands your blood vessels. This
lifts libido by:
- Intensifying sensation
- Increasing the flow of oxygenated blood
- Stimulating the entire vaginal, and even the clitoral, area.
All of these physical effects of L-arginine mean that sex can quickly become more
pleasurable. Plus, your desire is noticeably increased.
In one study, researchers found that in women with low libido, 60 percent of those
taking L-arginine (along with ginkgo, damiana, vitamins and minerals) experienced
improvement in their sex life. That’s dramatic!
How to get more natural L-arginine
L-arginine is in all protein foods and is one of the “essential” amino acids. Yet
some women don’t consume enough to meet their body’s demands. Plus, less estrogen
in menopause is thought to contribute to impaired nitric oxide function
in blood vessels and genitals. Supplementing is a dependable method for raising
levels of L-arginine in your body.
is formulated to use daily to normalize sexual desire and arousal, or, for a more
immediate response, one hour prior to having sex. This way, your body can be ready
for sex when you are. Like many nutritional and herbal formulas, though, give the
product several weeks with daily dosing to influence your physiology and fully express
You can also increase your L-arginine levels by eating foods that are high in protein,
- Red meat
- Pumpkin seeds
L-arginine helps simplify sexual arousal in women
The truth is, there are many times in a woman’s life when steamy sex can seem inaccessible.
For most women, this includes perimenopause and menopause, prior to your period,
pregnancy, right after having a baby, and during any time of stress or emotional
During these points in a woman’s life, hormones tend to shift and surge or recede.
These changes affect both our physical arousal mechanisms and our psychological
states. It’s no wonder that surveys show nearly half of all women have experienced
painful intercourse, difficulty reaching orgasm, slow arousal and/or low libido.
But if your libido is consistently less than you wish — whether as desire or arousal
or satisfaction — you don’t have to hibernate. With the right support for your body,
you can open the door to healthy, fantastic sex, now and going forward throughout