For centuries, many herbs have been claimed to boost sex drive but most have failed in clinical trials. However researchers monitoring libidos and orgasms have found that one herb has managed to boost male sex drive by at least a quarter.

You might use this herb to flavour your curries, but this new research now suggests that Fenugreek has uses beyond the kitchen!

The Australian study showed that healthy men between the ages of 25 and 52 saw an average rise in libido of 28 percent after taking an extract of Fenugreek twice a day for six weeks. This was compared to a control group that saw no changes after taking a placebo.

The scientists at the Centre for Integrative Clinical and Molecular Medicine in Brisbane, where the study was conducted, suggested a compound called saponins that is found in Fenugreek could boost testosterone production.

The herb, found in most British supermarkets, has been hailed as an unlikely "fix-all elixir" thanks to its powerful antiviral properties.

Previous research has also found it may stave off viruses that cause runny noses and sore throats, as well as helping to relieve the symptoms.

Fenugreek has been used by mums for centuries to stimulate the production of breast milk during pregnancy and following childbirth.

Fenugreek, also called Greek hay and wild clover, is used both as a herb and as a spice, and grows widely in much of India, Pakistan and Asia.

Traditionally, it has been taken orally to rapidly increase milk supply in lactating women, and is commonly used in curries and Asian cookery.

They are a rich source of antioxidants, which promote good health by helping to cleanse the body of cell-damaging free-radicals. Furthermore, it has been claimed that the herb lessens the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause and PMS.

Research has also suggested that it helps lower levels, and may be an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes.

It can have some minor side effects so pregnant women are advised not to take it because it can induce labour.

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