Sexual health and Reproductive health is a very important component of overall health both physically and mentally. Sexual and Reproductive health is linked to a healthy circulatory system (blood vessels), brain and nervous system, hormone system (endocrine glands), musculo-skeletal system and immune system. Sexual desire is governed by multiple factors in women and men and is influenced by a person’s physical health (e.g. level of fitness, medical disorders, pain, etc.), psycho-emotional factors (e.g. upbringing, education, belief systems, mindset, mood, stress level, personal relationships and environmental factors), as well as hormones (e.g. testosterone, oestrogen, oxytocin, PEA and dopamine levels) and genetic factors. Diet, nutritional deficiencies and exposure to toxic substances can also play a role. Sugar diabetes, smoking, hardening of the arteries, pharmaceutical medication, chemotherapy, alcohol, street drugs (e.g. heroin, tik, cannabis, cocaine, etc) and infections like thrush (Candida), STI’s (sexually transmitted infections, HIV, AIDS) and influenza virus infections (amongst others) can all play a role affecting libido and sexual and reproductive health. If a woman is experiencing sexual problems, or a decreased libido, or difficulty in falling pregnant (infertility), it is of utmost importance that she has a full medical check-up, including blood tests and if necessary psycho-emotional support, relationship counselling (involving both partners) and when appropriate, sex education.
XTREME FEMALE LIBIDO – SXD 6+ CAPSULES (60):
The product contains the following ingredients: Ginkgo biloba, Panax ginseng, Maca, Tribulus terrestris, Fenugreek, Rehmania root extract and Epimedium (Horny goatweed)
Gingko biloba (Maidenhair Tree) (Salisburia adiantifolia):
A Chinese medicinal herb that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
Consists of high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids which are powerful anti-oxidants. The plant which is a tree is a living fossil (1000 – 2500 years old)
Has been demonstrated in research to have multiple benefits. Can take days to weeks for full effect.
Use is for adults and one should take a month’s break every six months.
May thin the blood and influence brain chemistry so if one is not sure one should check with your physician. Definitely not to be taken in high doses (more than 250mg per day) with your prescription medication.
Supplement form is EGD-761 extract.
According to multiple studies worldwide, Ginkgo biloba has the following actions or benefits:
Helps improve cognitive brain decline
Helps improve short term memory and free recall
Improves blood flow in legs ( intermittent claudication symptoms )
Helps for Altitude Sickness, Acute Mountain Sickness taken 1-5 days before going up the mountain
Increases blood flow by increasing nitric oxide (NO) synthesis
Can help improve decreased libido in women and men and erectile dysfunction in men
Can help with dementia symptoms and Alzheimer’s
Helps improve mood and a sense of well-being
May help with tinnitus
Helps prevent oxidative stress & reduces LDL cholesterol oxidation
Can help with attention and ADD/ADHD
Can increase SOD and GSH
Helps reduce anxiety and anxiety in dementia
Reduces Apolipoprotein A in high cholesterol risk patients
Helps reduce hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
Decreases inflammation in blood vessels (↓CRP)
Increases blood flow to brain especially the middle and anterior cerebral arteries
Helps reduce stress response (↓Cortisol levels)
Helps to reduce creatinine levels (in diabetics)
Good general anti-oxidant (neutralizes free radicals)
Reduces IL-6 (Interleukin 6) in Metabolic Syndrome
Increases micro-circulation to periphery (arms and legs) and liver. Improves PVD (Peripheral Vascular Disease)
Increases cGMP which increases Nitric Oxide (NO) (up to 40%) for cell signalling and increases super-oxide dismutase
Increases oxygen uptake in blood
Helps to reduce PMS
Helps to treat “Pink Eye” conjunctivitis with pharmaceutical eye drops
Helps to improve mental processing accuracy
Helps to improve mental processing speed and reaction time
Improved quality of sleep (due to flavonoid component)
Minor improvement in eyesight in some glaucoma patients
Improves skin quality and moisture content and slight decrease in wrinkles
Panax ginseng (Asian Gingseng):
A plant from China and Asia which has been used for medicine and multiple disorders for thousands of years.
Contains ginsenosides and gintronin adaptogens and anti-oxidants
Research studies worldwide have found the following effects and benefits:
Panax ginseng has the following benefits according to research:
Increased mental energy and decreased cognitive decline
Increased physical energy and decreased muscle damage
Improves cognitive function, memory, mood and behaviour
Has anti-inflammatory effects and increases blood flow
May improve erectile dysfunction sending more blood to the penis and increases libido (increases nitric oxide) in men and women
Helps to prevent flu and respiratory infections (RSV)
Helps to lower blood sugar levels and help improve insulin resistance
Enhances the immune system
Not recommended to take with the antidepressants known as MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) e.g. Tranylcypromine (Parnate) or Moclobemide (Depnil) and calcium channel blockers (e.g. Nifedipine for high blood pressure) as well as other heart medications and blood thinners and sugar lowering agents in diabetics. First check with your physician.
It is generally regarded as safe to take in low doses as a supplement.
Most supplements use standard Ginseng Extract with 2-3% of total ginsenosides
Reduces risk of colon cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreas cancer, and all cancers risk especially when combined with a healthy lifestyle.
Helps protect against chemotherapy side effects
Maca root from Peru is a medicinal plant of the Barassicaceae family of plants.
Maca is highly nutritious. Contains protein, carbs, fibre, fat, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, iron, manganese and copper, as well as various plant compounds such as polyphenols and glucosinolates.
Maca has the following benefits according to research:
Increases libido in women and men (does not raise testosterone)
May increase oestrogen in postmenopausal women
May reduce anxiety in postmenopausal women
Increases erection frequency in men
Showed improvement in SSRI sexual dysfunction side effects
Improves side effects of the menopause
Improves bone density
Reduces cortisol stress levels
Showed improvement in fatigue at low altitudes
Reduces LDL “bad” cholesterol
Small improvement in sperm quality
Reduces TSH in some postmenopausal women
Increases HDL “good” cholesterol
Small reduction in total cholesterol
Animal studies have shown that Maca extracts can help protect the skin from UV rays and potential DNA damage and sunburn.
Maca extracts can increase the body’s own natural antioxidants glutathione (GSH) and superoxide dismutase (SOD).
It may boost energy and sports performance. Some animal studies have shown endurance performance. One study in 8 male cyclists demonstrated an improvement in time required to cycle 25 miles (40km) after taking Maca extract for 2 weeks.
Animal studies demonstrate that it can reduce the size of an enlarged prostate gland in males.
Maca extract comes in 3 types, brown, red and black.
Generally regarded as safe but does contain goitrogens, so persons with thyroid disorders should be cautious and monitor their thyroid hormone levels.
Tribulus terrestris (Puncture vine):
A medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years in Indian Ayurvedic Medicine and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Has multiple health benefits according to research
Enhances sexual function in men and women (several studies showed men = 79% increase and women = 67% increase in libido)
Enhances libido, not testosterone levels
Helps to lower blood sugar levels
Helps to lower cholesterol levels
May help to control fluid balance (natural diuretic), enhance immune system, help for depression, reduce inflammation, help relieve pain, some anti-cancer effects (mostly animal studies)
May increase sperm counts in some men
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum):
A medicinal plant used in Ayurvedic Medicine in India and Chinese Medicine in the East for thousands of years and the Middle East and recently more in the Western World.
Highly nutritious. Contains Vitamin A, B vitamins, Vitamin D, Biotin, Choline, Inositol, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, soluble and insoluble fibre.
Some of the most important compounds are trigonelline, galactomannan, trigoneosides and 4-hydroxy isoleucine, as well as testofen (50% fenusides), protodioscin, diosgenin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, ethyl acetate, oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids, beta pinene and terpines.
Has been used traditionally for menopause, arthritis, boils, headaches, migraines, wounds, constipation, ulcers and diabetes.
Taking Fenugreek may make your sweat or urine smell like a chemical in maple syrup. This is due to a metabolite called sotolon.
Can increase testosterone levels in men
Can increase libido in men and women
Can increase breast milk production in breastfeeding women
Can lower blood sugar levels (and improve insulin sensitivity in animals)
May reduce appetite
May decrease DHT in men
May reduce fat mass (minor effect)
Increases HDL “good” cholesterol
May reduce triglycerides
Does not influence oestrogen levels
Works well with Omega 3 rich Fish Oil to decrease post meal glucose spikes
May help with weight loss. May reduce appetite
May increase sperm counts
May improve mood and mental alertness
Can reduce inflammation
May reduce risk of heart attacks
May reduce or improve blood pressure
Helps to reduce pain due to alkaloids (painful period pains reduced in women)
Can cause minor stomach upset, dizziness, headaches or diarrhoea in higher doses
Should not be used by pregnant women or women with hormone sensitive cancers
Rehmania root extract (Chinese Foxglove “Big Yellow”):
A medicinal plant used in Chinese and Japanese Traditional Medicine for more than 2000 years.
Contains anti-oxidants and catapol. Rich in phyto-chemicals, the iridoid glycosides, monoterpenes, norcarotenoids, polysaccharides and oligosaccharides.
It was counted as one of the 50 top Chinese medicinal herbs and used specifically for disorders of the adrenal glands and kidneys and could balance the “yin”. It was known as one of the longevity herbs used for fatigue, hypothyroidism, anaemia, bones and muscles, diabetes and weak kidneys.
May stimulate erythropoietin which promotes the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow
May work better with Stanozol
Can stimulate adrenal cortex hormones and help combat fatigue
May help for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) when combined with Angelica and oxygen therapy.
Can help alleviate menopausal symptoms
Can help prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) and promote bone build up in animal experiments
The anti-oxidants help prevent oxidative cell damage and may protect the heart and blood vessels.
Helps prevent dental bone loss protecting the teeth
Help balance blood sugar levels and treat diabetes
Rehmannia contains more than 140 compounds which may play a role in health benefits. The iridoid glycosides are the most important, catapol and aucubin. These compounds have anti-inflammatory, immune modulating, anti-oxidant, anti-ageing and regenerative actions
Anti-ageing effects. Rehmannia extracts can enhance stem cell numbers by keeping them dormant then reactivating them.
Can protect brain cells and cognitive abilities
Decreases brain damage from gluconate injury and lactate dehydrogenase enzyme injury
Increases brain cell energy levels
Reduces brain inflammation
Enhances neural plasticity (the brains ability to adapt and respond)
Enhances brain anti-oxidant activity
Could help reduce the brain damage in Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease
Helps prevent cartilage breakdown and osteoarthritis
Enhances the immune system and especially the activity of NK cells (Natural Killer cells) used to kill cancer cells and germs.
Epimedium (Horny goatweed):
Medicinal plant used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as an aphrodisiac. Contains Icariin, the active ingredient, a prenylated diglycoside flavonoid anti-oxidant. Most research has been conducted on animals.
Also contains other molecules similar to Icariin, as well as quercetin and additional compounds. Icariin is a prenylated diglycoside of Kaempferol.
It can cross the blood brain barrier and protects the brain from oxidation and inflammation during stress
Was shown to increase SOD (Super Oxide Dismutase) and GSH (Glutathione) in rat studies
Also protects the brain via SIRT 1 gene protection expression and PCG – 1a expression
Can increase blood flow in the penis therefore is pro-erectile enhancing erection. This was shown to be a potent effect, out-performing Viagra. Powerful blocker of PDE +5
Increases nitric oxide (NO) signalling increasing growth of nerves in the pelvis of the animals in the experiments
If taken with Ginkgo biloba it may cause a flush and a benign rash
Take 2 capsules in the morning. May be increased to morning and evening.