So, I was doing some background research for me next blog post, and came across an interesting article comparing the spice, black ginger to Viagra.
I decided to read on…
(Let me say up front…I do NOT tend to write about anything that is not supported by scientific research. To that end, I have included all the studies at the bottom of this page.)
On the other hand, when you see an article comparing some random spice to a potent ED drug like Viagra, an eyebrow tends to be raised.
Here is a summary of what this article said:
Black ginger was being studied because of its long-standing reputation for its effects on male sexuality, endurance, sexual prowess, and increasing libido.
The studies proved that the spice works when using a similar mechanism as Viagra and Cialis, but on a much less potent scale. The upside was that there were none of the known side effect from those commercial products such as dizziness and headaches…so I’m told.
What I found really interesting was the spice’s effect on the brain.
“Black ginger also acts on the dopaminergic system, boosting levels of this neurotransmitter that plays an important role in normal sexual function in addition to its PDE-5 inhibiting effects. Individuals who exhibit reduced dopamine sensitivity, or low levels of dopamine, commonly experience sexual dysfunctions, and it will not be fixed with mere use of vasodilators.”
In short, it boosts dopamine in the brain. A good thing when it comes to sexual function. Viagra and Cialis do not possess this trait.
One other ‘claim’ made by black ginger enthusiasts.
“Black ginger extract also possesses other beneficial functions such as: decreasing time taken to become erect again…(and is)…said to increase length and girth of penis”
This all sounds wonderful…
But as with anything that dilates blood vessels, anyone with heart arrhythmia, clearly in poor physical condition, or has any other cardio-vascular issue should NOT touch black ginger.
So there you go…an article geared for the guys…mostly.
A final note, when I used to own my own fitness facility, I had a strict policy that I would never promote a meal plan or special workout, not having first tried it on myself. As such, I have ordered black ginger (I had honestly never heard of it before).
However, there will not be a follow up to this article, at this juncture…:)
Have a great week everyone.
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