According to a new study, the herb fenugreek significantly improved male libido. according to the Australian Centre for Integrative Clinical and Molecular Medicine. The study looked at the effects of a fenugreek-based preparation on the libido of men aged 25 to 52. The men took the extract twice a day for six weeks, while another group had a placebo pill. Within six weeks of starting the trial, men who took the fenugreek had increases in their libido scores of more than 25 percent. The men who took the placebo saw either no increase or a decrease. Researchers are unclear how the herb, which is used in curry and other dishes, works to improve libido. Fenugreek does contain some compounds that may effect hormone levels. The compounds, known as saponins, may be responsible for an increase in the production of sex hormones.
Fenugreek is most commonly used by new mothers to increase the volume of breast milk they produce.