Nature's Answer Damiana Leaf
Nature’s Answer Damiana Leaf is advertised as an alcohol based liquid extract form the leaves of Damiana, an herb especially used for its aphrodisiac and nerve calming properties. The formula is manufactured by Nature’s Answer, which claims to be one of America’s largest and oldest manufacturer’s of liquid dietary supplements. The formula is Kosher certified and holistically balanced to contain the active constituents in the same ratios as it is found in the plant.
Nature’s Answer manufactures various liquid dietary supplements for approximately four decades. In the company’s current product portfolio various alcohol free and alcohol based tinctures and extracts, liquid filled capsules, teas, and tablets can be found. The company owns an FDA registered and pharmaceutically licensed production facility.
Nature’s Answer Damiana Leaf is not recommended to pregnant and nursing women.
Nature’s Answer Damiana Leaf Ingredients
Nature’s Answer Damiana Leaf contains the following ingredients: Blue Damiana Leaf Extract (1:1), Purified water, vegetable glycerin, and 12-15% certified organic alcohol.
Nature’s Answer Damiana Leaf contains a liquid extract from the leaves of Damiana plant, or Tumera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca. Damiana is considered to have powerful aphrodisiac properties, and has been used to treat infertility, low sex drive, frigidity, and certain hormonal imbalances (menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes or night sweats) for thousands of years. Other important benefits derive from its nerve tonic effects. Damiana has been recommended against stress symptoms, anxiety disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks, paranoia, hypochondria, mood disorders including mild to moderate depression and others.
Not much research has been published on the plant and hence its safety has not been scientifically validated. There is concern that it might negatively affect the development of unborn children and breastfed babies, as well as cause complications to patients suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. Side effects usually occur if large quantities are consumed and include headaches, liver damage and insomnia.
The optimum suggested dose is 1-2 ml (roughly 28-56 drops) 3 times a day in a small amount of water. There are several consumer testimonials available online, mostly positive.
- The liquid extract is more potent than a tincture and is easily absorbable
- This is a kosher certified formula
- The manufacturer offers a 30 day money-back guarantee for all products purchased directly from them
- Positive consumer reviews
- The safety of Damiana is not scientifically validated and certain concerns exist
- Pregnant and nursing women should not use the formula
- Research studies published on Damiana are limited in number
Herbal remedies are often a viable alternative to the traditional drugs, especially because they have fewer side effects and often are not as expensive. However, herbal remedies should always be discussed with a physician, since there may be real dangers and interactions associated to their use. In the case of Nature’s Answer Damiana Leaf, not much research has been conducted on the core active ingredient, Damiana. The plant has however a long successful historical use, which makes it a popular, reliable herbal remedy. Consumers generally support the supplement’s effectiveness and claim the formula works to deliver the advertised benefits.