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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 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 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 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.

Our Arginelle 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 its 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 emotional upheaval.

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 your life.

Ready for steamier sex without the guilt and shame?



Last Updated: December 12, 2022
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