Monday, February 10, 2014
After the little blue pill for men... a pink one for women: Herbal supplement dubbed 'female Viagra' goes on sale on High Street
Unlikely to help. No controlled trials against a placebo, apparently
Women can boost their sex lives with an over-the-counter herbal pill, scientists claim. They say Lady Prelox has been found to significantly raise a woman’s sexual pleasure.
Dubbed the ‘female Viagra’ after the little blue pills that treat erectile dysfunction in men, Lady Prelox is on sale at high-street chain Holland & Barrett.
But at £37.95 for a pack of 60 little pink tablets – which is only enough to last a month as women have to take two a day – the price tag alone is likely to cause a shriek.
Makers Pharma Nord claim a French pine bark extract called Pycnogenol improves poor circulation, which, they say, is linked to a weakened sex drive.
Scientists in Italy conducted studies on 40 volunteers in their late 40s and early 50s, and on another group of women aged 37 to 45. Both groups reported improvements in their sex lives after eight weeks, and scientists concluded the pill ‘significantly improves sexual function’.
Dr Graham Jackson, chairman of the Sexual Advice Association and a cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London, said the circulation theory behind Lady Prelox may prove correct.
He added: ‘We know that in men sexual dysfunction is mainly a vascular problem. 'We don’t have any concrete evidence of this in women yet, but I suspect there may turn out to be a link.’
However, obstetrician and gynaecologist Andy Heeps said he remained unconvinced. ‘Female sexual dysfunction is a complex area. There’s no single cause and so there’s no single magic bullet,’ Mr Heeps added.
Dr Jackson also cautioned that such pills worked on the basis that desire was already there. ‘These aren’t aphrodisiacs,’ he warned. ‘If you’re not turned on by your partner, no amount of tablets will help.’
Lady Prelox is the female version of Prelox for men. Launched in 2010, annual European sales for Prelox now top £10 million.
Enjoy a yogurt at school? Hard cheese, says EU: Eurocrats want to ban snacks in 'healthy eating' campaign
What crazy theory is behind that? You can bet that the fat Belgian bureaucrats in Brussels eat plenty of cheese and yogurt themselves
Brussels bureaucrats want to stop British children being given cheese and yogurt at school. The European Union says the move is part of a healthy-eating campaign designed to tackle obesity.
But UK health experts and farmers have attacked the plan, saying the EU is wrong to ‘demonise’ dairy products.
Brussels provides £8million a year for UK school breakfast clubs, morning snacks and lunch, and children can be given milk, yogurt, cheese and fruit. If the change is implemented, however, only milk and fresh produce will be on the menu.
EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos says that it is an ‘important measure for bringing about sustained changes in children’s eating habits’.
But Jenny Stratford, president of the Women’s Food and Farming Union, said cheese and yogurt were a vital part of a healthy diet.
Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: ‘Cheese is hugely beneficial for children. It gives them calcium and helps with bone development. ‘Yogurt can have high levels of sugar but if it’s low fat and low sugar, it’s fine.’
The proposal is included in a shake-up of European programmes which subsidise school food. The EU wants the £190 million annual grant, shared by all member states, to focus on fruit and vegetables.
But Conservative MP and Devon farmer Neil Parish said: ‘If you don’t give children food they like at school they are more likely to eat takeaways. 'We’ve got too hung up about fat and sugar content. Children need them for energy, and cheese and yogurt provide that.’
Judith Bryans, chief executive of Dairy UK, added: ‘It seems wrong that children who may not be milk drinkers and prefer to consume yogurt or cheese may not have access to these products.’
Posted by jonjayray at 12:15 AM