From time to time I try out various entirely legal substances reputed to enhance sexual desire or performance. Back in the early days I had a go at Viagra and there´s no denying its power but the side-effects in my personal case were so unpleasant as to make it pointless taking it. You don’t feel much like sex when you have a bright red face and a splitting headache.

Recently I’ve been testing Maca (Lepidium meyenii), a plant from the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia, and I’m fairly convinced it works as a performance enhancer. I can’t prove it, because it’s very difficult to disentangle the psychological effects from the physical. But properly-conducted scientific experiments do seem to suggest it gives men a genuine boost. It’s not like Viagra where the results are rapid and unmistakable. It’s a tonic you take every day, usually as a pill. However, I like the powdered root. It has a delicious vanilla flavour which goes well sprinkled on soya yoghurt.

But the best aphrodisiac/performance enhancer I know is the human mind. I’ll be blogging about that soon.

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