Catuaba is a medium-sized tree native to the Amazon Rain Forest that produces attractive yellow and orange flowers along with small, oval, dark yellow fruit.

The Tupi Indians of Brazil have a long history of harvesting Catuaba as one of the leading therapeutic plants used in their culture. While it’s typically grown in the Amazon, Catuaba is readily available worldwide and its extensive study is beginning to show numerous beneficial qualities especially for women.


Therapeutic natural supplements from the Amazon, like Maca root, Muira Pauma, and Suma Root, all possess natural mood-lifting properties, and Catuaba is no exception.  A study from Brazil examined the effects of this plant on mood and found that it is highly effective for supporting a sense of overall well-being while promoting mental acuity and memory. [10]


Traditional Indian cultures have always depended on Catuaba for a wide range of uses including its ability to act as a libido endorsing and stimulating potent aphrodisiac for both men and women.  Catuaba contains yohimbine and studies show that this is the active compound that provides a stimulatory effect to the libido.[9]  Research has determined it increases dopamine levels in the brain resulting in greater sensitivity to erogenous stimulation.


If you’re thinking about supplementing with Catuaba bark extract, make sure you are using a high-quality source. Catuaba is mainly prepared from the bark of Erythroxylum vaccinifolium and Trichilia Catgut, two trees that provide similar benefits. Always make sure at least one of these names are mentioned on a Catuaba supplement. LibiGem® contains only the highest quality Catuaba prepared from Trichilia.

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