Q. Will beet root powder boost libido? I started adding a teaspoon of beet root powder to my morning juice after hearing about it on your radio show, since my doctor advised me I was pre-hyptertensive.

I’m 51, and my wife and I enjoy a very active sex life even after 25 years together. A few times a week is normal, more on vacation.

Since taking the beet root powder, I’m pestering my wife daily and that’s just a little too much for her. Have you heard from others whose sex drive has increased due to beet root powder?

A. Five years ago we read a study showing that beet root juice could lower blood pressure. A recent review has confirmed this fascinating discovery (Journal of Nutrition, June, 2013).

Beet root helps the body create nitric oxide in blood vessels. This makes them relax, improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. The erectile dysfunction drugs (Cialis, Levitra and Viagra) all work through a similar mechanism. By increasing nitric oxide levels, they improve blood flow to the penis.

We could find no credible evidence that beets boost libido, but improving circulation might have unexpected benefits when it comes to sex. If this continues to be a problem, however, you may want to moderate your beet root powder intake or find a different way to control your blood pressure. You will find many other non-drug approaches in our Guide to Blood Pressure Treatment

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  1. AG

    What can I take to improve my sex life with my husband? I need help QUICKLY. I have taken cholesterol medicine for seven to ten years and I am 57 so I am wondering if this has caused my desire for sex to kinda fade away.
    People’s Pharmacy response: We don’t know if this will help, but some women report that maca helps menopause-related low libido: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/08/05/-restoring-libido-after-menopause/

  2. Mari

    If you are worried about GMO’s (sugar beets are for sure but they are not the same as the veggie beets) then buy organic or grow your own.

  3. JF

    Thanks so much for publishing this! My husband has been taking a much-needed SSRI (Effexor) and we’ve had no sex life. He just ate a can of beets and wow: we’re back in business. He hadn’t wanted to take Cialis or Viagra for fear of side effects and interactions, but considers beets perfectly safe. I looked online and apparently in some ancient cultures beets were considered an aphrodisiac.

  4. rcisme

    My comment is ask your wife to take a teaspoon a day with you. See what happens. You guys might think you’re 20 again.

  5. rcisme

    I have heard that as long as the beats are uncooked, yes. But the easiest method is to buy the powder and mix it in a juice or such, as it only takes a teaspoon or less.

  6. Ark

    Very interesting. Thanks.

  7. CB

    I would try beets, but I recently found out that beets can be a GMO genetically modified organism) crop. There is already evidence of harmful effects in animals from eating GMO foods; corn, soybeans, beets and canola.

  8. LER

    I wonder if you would do your readers (listeners) a favor and explain whether the natural item, in this case beets, will give the same results as a processed form (beet root powder) that you need to go to a health food store to buy.
    I’ve had this kind of question a number of times, ie. turmeric from the spice shop or grocery instead of capsules that I haven’t found in the regular grocery. If I opt for the original packaging (the actual beet) what quantity is comparable to a teaspoon of powder?
    I have a bias in favor of going to the source or the original produce whenever possible.
    Thanks, Lucy Ryan

  9. GH

    Is eating the beet as effective as the powder?

  10. C. O.

    I wonder if the boost in libido would work for women?

  11. Louie b Free

    Wow, Joe & Terry, now you’ve created a run on BEETS!!
    Is there a ‘beet futures’ market??
    Louie b.

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