While ginger is well known in the West, black ginger isn’t exactly a staple here just yet.
Nonetheless, it’s slowly becoming a new “super” ingredient – especially when it comes to its effects on sexual health.
Now, black ginger isn’t the only natural substances out there that can give you a big boost in the bedroom – but it is one of the best. My other favorite is beet juice and powder.
But what is black ginger?
Discovery of a Thai Gem: Black Ginger
Black ginger – otherwise known as Kaempferia parviflora – is a herbaceous plant native to Thailand.
Several cultures in southeast Asia have used this plant for its alleged positive effects on male sexuality (like increased libido, endurance, and improved erections) for hundreds of years.
In recent years, black ginger has become the subject of increased scientific interest. This little known plant could be a good alternative to pharmaceuticals such as Viagra and Cialis.
Such pharmaceuticals work by inhibiting an enzyme known as phosphodiesterase-5 or PDE-5.
This enzyme breaks a bond in the compound cAMP, a compound known to stimulate vasodilation (the relaxing of blood vessels).
By inhibiting PDE-5, these drugs allow cAMP to remain in the blood longer and thus improve blood flow via nitric oxide synthesis.
Nitric oxide is a crucial gas for erections as it boosts blood flow, particularly in the penis erectile chambers – which ensures longer lasting and much harder erections.
When it comes to black ginger, it does pretty much the same thing as pharmaceuticals such as Viagra.
Black ginger isn’t quite as potent, but it doesn’t come with the heavy duty side effects of pharmaceuticals.
For instance, with this plant you won’t risk having severe migraines, dizziness, or priapism – a never-ending erection.
But that’s not all, black ginger can do even more!
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Sexual Benefits of Black Ginger for Men
Black ginger also acts on the dopaminergic system by boosting dopamine levels. This neurotransmitter plays a crucial role in normal sexual function.
This can be particularly useful for erectile dysfunction sufferers and people who tend to masturbate a lot.
If you fall under the latter, check out this article to learn more about the link between excessive masturbation & premature ejaculation.
As for black ginger, the resulting increase of dopamine improves your mood and helps you more easily deal with stress, anxiety and depression. (source)
But that’s still not all for black ginger. It’s far superior to its pharmaceutical counterparts because it can also improve several other things.
For instance, black ginger can:
- Decrease the period of erectile latency – making you attain an erection faster
- Improve symptoms of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), an enlarged prostate
- Improve brain function and decrease the risk of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Promote lifespan by activating a gene called sirtuin 1
- Increase both girth and length of a flaccid penis
Additionally, the blood-boosting properties of black ginger can also improve heart health.
Moreover, this plant has the ability to increase caloric expenditure – which will result in a higher metabolic rate.
In other words, you will burn more calories, have a faster physical recovery, have an improved resistance to stress, sleep better and have an energy boost.
While on the subject of black ginger metabolic properties, it is worth mentioning that it also activates brown adipose tissue.
A 2014 study showed that black ginger increases this type of body fat, which possesses thermogenic properties and boosts weight loss and energy production. (source)
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Sexual Benefits of Black Ginger: Conclusion
You are now well-versed in black ginger’s properties. You should also know that there is little to no evidence when it comes to any adverse effects.
But do respect dosage and just in case, watch for any adverse reaction at first.
Also, if you take medications, consult your physician to ensure that they are compatible with black ginger.
If you suffer from arrhythmias or other pre-existing heart conditions, you may want to abstain from this plant.
So, what’s an effective dose of black ginger?
Usually, it’s recommended to take between 1000 to 1500 mg daily.
Stick to extracts that have been controlled by an independent company.
Additionally, Muy Thai boxers often associate black ginger with an herb called Butea Superb because of the potentially increased results of the combination.
Important note: DO NOT combine black ginger with other PDE-5 inhibitors such as Viagra and Cialis.
Update – More Benefits of Black Ginger for Men
I really only scratched the surface of the health benefits of black ginger in the first part of this article.
In reality, this plant has far-reaching health benefits that go well beyond sexual performance.
But since we’re talking about it already, let me give you some more evidence of black ginger’s sexual benefits.
Black Ginger Improves Sexual Health
As I said above, black ginger has long been used in Thai culture as way to increase libido, sex drive, and performance in the sack.
The science backs up these claims.
One study found that black ginger was able to provide serious improvements for older men struggling with erectile dysfunction.
In that study, after 2 months of consistent supplementation with black ginger extract, subjects showed decreased erection latency (they got erections faster from visual stimuli) as well as increased penis size when both flaccid and erect. (source)
You read that right – black ginger extract actually increased penis size in these test subjects. The biggest boost here was observed in penis length when fully erect.
In another similar study, male subjects were given a black ginger supplement daily for a 1 month period. The subjects were surveyed at the beginning and end of the study to evaluate their sexual performance and satisfaction.
Results at the end of the study were clear: test subjects reported significant improvements in erectile function and sexual satisfaction. (source)
Better still, the scientists conducting this study found that the black ginger supplement they used was tolerated well by all subjects and appeared to be extremely safe for daily use.
Black Ginger = Natural Viagra
Earlier in this article, I briefly mentioned the science behind Viagra and how black ginger mimics its effects.
The basic idea is that these compounds help to relax the blood vessels (vasodilation) and improve circulation.
Studies of black ginger have confirmed these effects.
One study gave a test group of male subjects a black ginger supplement daily for 1 week. Results showed that the supplement improved peripheral circulation within an hour after taking it. (source)
Additionally, that same study found that black ginger was able to decrease blood pressure significantly. Subjects also reported noticeably improved energy levels at the end of the study.
Black Ginger Promotes Weight Loss
Being overweight can have some big drawbacks in the bedroom.
The biggest one is that excessive body fat can spike your estrogen levels and decrease your testosterone levels.
This is pretty bad for men because testosterone is primarily responsible for sex drive and sexual performance.
One of the best ways to improve your sexual performance is to lose weight because this will allow your T levels to increase naturally.
Studies have shown that black ginger can have serious weight loss benefits.
One study on mice found that black ginger supplementation effectively suppressed weight gain. (source)
Black ginger has also been shown to activate a compound in the body known as AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK).
On top of all that, black ginger has been shown to improve physical fitness and endurance. (source)
Adding some black ginger to your weight loss regiment could pay big dividends.
Black ginger is an excellent option but it isn’t the only way to boost your sexual performance. Check out this article for 7 additional supplements to improve your sex game.