Do YOU have a flagging libido? Apparently, these mushrooms could boost sex drive and reduce stress

Loss of libido, or sex drive, is a common problem affecting up to one in five men and even more women at some point in their life.

It's often linked to professional and personal stress, or important life-changing events such as pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.

However, NHS Choices said an unexpected loss of libido especially when it lasts for a long time or keeps returning can also indicate an underlying personal, medical or lifestyle problem, which can be upsetting to both partners in a relationship.

Studies in Britain, Europe and America, involving thousands of women of all ages, indicate that anything between 30 and 50 per cent of women have been hit by prolonged periods of little or no sex drive.

Dr Sarah Brewer, GP, said stress is largely to blame.

She said: When stressed, women produce a hormone called prolactin, or the celibacy hormone.

This is the same hormone produced when breastfeeding to reduce the risk of a further pregnancy too soon after birth, by significantly lowering libido. 

In East Asia Red Reishi mushroom has been used for centuries to reduce these libido-dwindling factors.

It is believed Reishis anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties support the immune system and promote overall well being and the mushrooms have also been found to alleviate and aid the body in dealing with stress.