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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 otherswhen 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 right now.

A woman enjoying sexual intimacy

But if you wish your libido were stronger, keep in mind that physical changes may be the problem. And those changes aren’t all beyondyour control — they just require something new. If you truly want to rediscoversexual pleasure and stimulation, you should learn more about L-arginine. It’s aproven 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 especiallyimportant. The first is to build specific proteins, like other amino acids. Theother is to increase the amount of nitric oxide, a powerful neurotransmitter, inthe bloodstream. More nitric oxide circulating through your system relaxes the bloodvessels, 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 enhancementof 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. Thishelps 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 increasingthe nitric oxide in your blood, which relaxes and expands your blood vessels. Thislifts 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 morepleasurable. Plus, your desire is noticeably increased.

In one study, researchers found that in women with low libido, 60 percent of thosetaking L-arginine (along with ginkgo, damiana, vitamins and minerals) experiencedimprovement 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. Yetsome women don’t consume enough to meet their body’s demands. Plus, less estrogenin menopause is thought to contribute to impaired nitric oxide functionin blood vessels and genitals. Supplementing is a dependable method for raisinglevels of L-arginine in your body.

Our Arginelleis formulated to use daily to normalize sexual desire and arousal, or, for a moreimmediate response, one hour prior to having sex. This way, your body can be readyfor sex when you are. Like many nutritional and herbal formulas, though, give theproduct several weeks with daily dosing to influence your physiology and fully expressits effects.

You can also increase your L-arginine levels by eating foods that are high in protein,such as:

  • Red meat
  • Poultry
  • Pork
  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Peanuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Soybeans

L-arginine helps simplify sexual arousal in women

couple hugging with increased libido

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 emotionalupheaval.

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 psychologicalstates. It’s no wonder that surveys show nearly half of all women have experiencedpainful intercourse, difficulty reaching orgasm, slow arousal and/or low libido.

But if your libido is consistently less than you wish — whether as desire or arousalor 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 throughoutyour life.

Ready for steamier sex without the guilt and shame?


Last Updated: November 9, 2022
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