by Anil Keswani, MD
Supplements that promise to improve your sex life or build muscle mass faster are a $20 billion market. Their claims may be tempting, but giving in can be dangerous. Supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA, so you have no way of knowing what is really in them. By law, dietary supplements must contain at least one vitamin, mineral, amino acid, enzyme, or other substance used by the body. But the rest of the ingredients may include drugs that are untested for safety or effectiveness, or have been banned outright.
Often I will recommend a proper diet and regular cardiovascular and strength training exercises to increase libido.
Supplements for libido or erectile dysfunction like Yohimbine come with risk. Yohimbine can significantly impact a person’s blood pressure.
A physician can rule out a hormonal or medical cause for libido. For example, some anti-depressants are well known for impacting libido. Don’t be bashful. Bring this issue up with your physician. We have heard it all.
This Scripps Health and Wellness tip was provided by Anil Keswani, MD, corporate vice president of ambulatory health care and population health management.