No evidence mixture of coconut, date and tiger nut boosts sex drive

A Facebook post shared in Nigeria since March 2017 claims that “low libido” in both men and women can be cured by drinking a mixture of tiger nuts, coconut and dates.

“African women complain of low libido especially after child birth. Some husbands too complain of the same problem,” it says. It gives instructions for how to mix tiger nuts, a tuber also known as yellow nutsedge, with coconut and dates.

“Husband and wife should drink it together, Then Testify in the Other room,” it says. It adds: “Tiger nuts are indirectly beneficial in improving the problem of erectile dysfunction.”

Libido means sex drive. A low libido, or low sex drive, is a decreased interest in sexual activity. But would this drink increase your sexual desire?

Not medically proven

“Traditionalists” make all sorts of health claims, but these claims have not been medically proven, Dr Ademola Popoola told Africa Check. He is a senior lecturer and consultant urologist at the Nigeria’s University of Ilorin in Kwara state.

Urologists specialise in the disorders of the urinary tract and of the male reproductive organs.  

“I haven’t heard of such a mixture in literature,” Popoola said.

“We specialists believe the way a health solution works in one person must be the same way it works in another person. The mixture you mentioned has not been verified and it has not been medically proven.” – Jennifer Ojugbeli


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