{"id":604556558642,"title":"Tabs Chocolate Review: Chocolate for Better Sex?","created_at":"2022-12-27T21:51:20-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Tabs Chocolate Review: Chocolate for Better Sex?\",\n \"keywords\": \"tabs, tabs chocolate, tabs chocolate review, tabs chocolate reviews, tabs chocolates, sex chocolate tabs, chocolate tabs, tab chocolate, what is tabs chocolate, what are tabs chocolate, tabs sex chocolate, does tabs chocolate work, tabs chocolate side effects, tabs chocolate does it work\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in Tabs Chocolate based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not the product is likely to improve sex drive. We explain our concerns about the caffeine content, and share real, unsponsored user reviews of the product.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/tabs-chocolate-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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The brand describes their product as “composed of aphrodisiac ingredients” and as a “sexually enhancing dark chocolate.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut does Tabs Chocolate actually contain ingredients proven in clinical studies to increase sex drive or are these just marketing claims? Is the product safe? Is it healthy or unhealthy? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Tabs Chocolate?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review the ingredients in Tabs Chocolate based on medical studies to give our take on whether the product is likely to be effective for increasing sex drive.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll explain our thoughts on whether the chocolate brand is healthy, document a strange ingredient labeling discrepancy, and share real, unsponsored user reviews of Tabs Chocolate.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWill Tabs Chocolate Increase Sex Drive?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Tabs_Chocolate_Nutrition_Facts_Optimized.png?v=1672195727\" alt=\"Tabs Chocolate ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTabs Chocolate does contain ingredients proven in clinical studies to increase sex drive.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTabs is a dark chocolate, because it contains 60% \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecocoa\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and dark chocolate contains between 50% and 90% according to \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.hsph.harvard.edu\/nutritionsource\/food-features\/dark-chocolate\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHarvard research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDark chocolate was described in a 2019 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6950163\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as an aphrodisiac, or a compound proven to increase sexual desire.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe active ingredients in this product are a proprietary blend of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEpimedium\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (horny goat weed) extract, maca root extract and DHEA with a total dose of 630 milligrams (mg), or an average ingredient dose of 210 mg.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eEpimedium\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003e extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was described as an aphrodisiac in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7340557\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSexual Medicine Reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal, and the plant may also help to improve erectile function in men.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eMaca root extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is one of the most well-studied libido enhancers. As we documented in our review of another sexual enhancement product called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/vigornow-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVigorNow\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, maca was shown to have a “significant positive effect” on sexual desire in both men and women.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eDHEA\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a hormone that was shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/17208951\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to improve libido in women, however we cannot identify any clinical research suggesting it’s effective for men.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we think that Tabs Chocolate is a pretty well-formulated product, and we do consider it likely to improve sex drive in both men and women given that all of its active ingredients are backed by clinical research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe effective dosing ranges of some of these botanical compounds aren’t very well-understood, but given that the product contains four effective active ingredients, we figure it’s likely to cause an effect on the average consumer.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal, Unsponsored Tabs User Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok user named “The Geriatric Millennial” shared her experience using Tabs for libido enhancement:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@geriatricmillennial2\/video\/7103894095625702702\" data-video-id=\"7103894095625702702\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"@geriatricmillennial2\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@geriatricmillennial2?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@geriatricmillennial2\u003c\/a\u003e Reply to @kaish_715 what products have worked so far? \u003ca title=\"vyleesi\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/vyleesi?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#vyleesi\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"libido\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/libido?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#libido\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"tabschocolate\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/tabschocolate?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#tabschocolate\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"♬ original sound - The Geriatric Millennial\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-7103894035894569774?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e♬ original sound - The Geriatric Millennial\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Tabs Chocolate Healthy?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe good thing about Tabs Chocolate is that it’s free of unhealthy additive ingredients like artificial flavoring agents or artificial colors.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe have two concerns about the brand’s ingredient labeling. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTabs lists \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecaffeine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as an active ingredient but the total caffeine dose doesn’t appear to be listed anywhere on their site at the time of publishing this article. Cocoa naturally contains caffeine as well. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/tabschocolate.com\/pages\/q-a\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFAQ page\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on Tabs’ website states that “Those sensitive to caffeine should take caution before consuming Tabs,” and it’s extremely important that the brand publishes the caffeine dose for consumer safety.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Nutrition Facts label shown in the previous section lists 0 grams (g) of added sugar, but \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esugar\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is listed as an ingredient. Tabs lists 4 g total sugar but 0 g added sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIncase Tabs’ formulators aren’t aware, adding sugar to your chocolate product does count as added sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe typically recommend avoiding added sugar as much as possible, given that it’s associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes when consumed in excess \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31246081\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eaccording to\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e medical research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThat being said, all dark chocolate contains some added sugar, and we believe the health benefits of cocoa outweigh the downsides of added sugar. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4696435\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on cocoa found that it has cardioprotective effects, protects nerve function, and protects skin from oxidative damage.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eOverall we consider Tabs Chocolate to be somewhat healthy.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e One square contains 8 g of added sugar which is a relatively low amount especially given that this product isn’t meant for daily use, and the cocoa will benefit the health of consumers. It’s certainly not \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eunhealthy\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e or a health risk in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWill Tabs Chocolate Cause Side Effects?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTabs Chocolate does not appear to have been studied in any clinical trials, so we can’t definitively say whether or not it causes side effects. However, we can make an educated guess based on its ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCaffeine is our main ingredient of concern given that we can’t determine how much is in this product. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eCaffeine can increase blood pressure and increase anxiety at high doses\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, so if the dose of caffeine in this product is relatively high (\u0026gt;200 mg or so), we would warn consumers of those potential effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDark chocolate can also have a mild stimulant effect due to a chemical compound called theobromine, but the dose is low enough in this product for it not likely to be a concern.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eWe do not consider Tabs Chocolate likely to cause side effects\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, but we hope that the brand publishes the total caffeine dose so consumers can make a more informed decision.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCan Ginseng Naturally Improve Sex Drive?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Ginseng_Image.png?v=1672046103\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003ePanax ginseng, which is a plant native to Asia, has been studied in various clinical trials for its ability to improve sex drive in men and women, and to improve erections in men.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA 2013\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3861174\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eon ginseng and male reproductive function found that with daily use, the supplement increased sex drive.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20141583\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003epublished in\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003eThe Journal of Sexual Medicine\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003efound that panax ginseng supplementation increased sex drive by 13% in menopausal women. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/12394711\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003epublished in\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003eThe Journal of Urology\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003efound that after eight weeks of treatment,\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eerectile function scores were \"significantly higher\" in the ginseng group than the group taking placebo pills.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIlluminate Labs sells a\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/panax-ginseng-extract\"\u003epanax ginseng extract supplement\u003c\/a\u003e which is third-party tested to ensure label accuracy, potency and purity, and which contains no questionable additive ingredients.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003eInterested consumers can check out Illuminate Labs Panax Ginseng Extract\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/panax-ginseng-extract\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eto the product page on our website, where the supplement can be purchased for only\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e$15\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eon a subscription basis.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTabs Chocolate costs $5 per serving, while Illuminate Labs Panax ginseng Extract costs \u003cstrong\u003e$0.25\u003c\/strong\u003e per serving.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTabs Chocolate contains a number of research-backed ingredients for improving sex drive. We do believe that the product is likely to enhance sex drive in both men and women.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t currently recommend the product overall due to some ingredient labeling issues, and because we think that $5 per serving is too high of a cost.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe good thing about Tabs Chocolate is that it’s free of any questionable additive ingredients, and it definitely has a healthier formulation than many sexual enhancement products on the market (some of which we consider actively detrimental to health).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUser reviews online of Tabs Chocolate seem to be relatively favorable.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-12-27T22:01:05-05:00","updated_at":"2022-12-27T22:01:05-05:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in Tabs Chocolate based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not the product is likely to improve sex drive. We explain our concerns about the caffeine content,  and share real, unsponsored user reviews of the product.","template_suffix":"","handle":"tabs-chocolate-review","tags":"_related:sex-drive"}

Tabs Chocolate Review: Chocolate for Better Sex?

Tabs Chocolate Review: Chocolate for Better Sex?


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Tabs Chocolate is a unique food product formulated to improve sex drive. The brand describes their product as “composed of aphrodisiac ingredients” and as a “sexually enhancing dark chocolate.”

But does Tabs Chocolate actually contain ingredients proven in clinical studies to increase sex drive or are these just marketing claims? Is the product safe? Is it healthy or unhealthy? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Tabs Chocolate?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review the ingredients in Tabs Chocolate based on medical studies to give our take on whether the product is likely to be effective for increasing sex drive.

We’ll explain our thoughts on whether the chocolate brand is healthy, document a strange ingredient labeling discrepancy, and share real, unsponsored user reviews of Tabs Chocolate.

Will Tabs Chocolate Increase Sex Drive?

Tabs Chocolate ingredients

Tabs Chocolate does contain ingredients proven in clinical studies to increase sex drive.

Tabs is a dark chocolate, because it contains 60% cocoa, and dark chocolate contains between 50% and 90% according to Harvard research.

Dark chocolate was described in a 2019 medical review as an aphrodisiac, or a compound proven to increase sexual desire.

The active ingredients in this product are a proprietary blend of Epimedium (horny goat weed) extract, maca root extract and DHEA with a total dose of 630 milligrams (mg), or an average ingredient dose of 210 mg.

Epimedium extract was described as an aphrodisiac in a medical review published in the Sexual Medicine Reviews journal, and the plant may also help to improve erectile function in men.

Maca root extract is one of the most well-studied libido enhancers. As we documented in our review of another sexual enhancement product called VigorNow, maca was shown to have a “significant positive effect” on sexual desire in both men and women.

DHEA is a hormone that was shown in a medical review to improve libido in women, however we cannot identify any clinical research suggesting it’s effective for men.

Overall, we think that Tabs Chocolate is a pretty well-formulated product, and we do consider it likely to improve sex drive in both men and women given that all of its active ingredients are backed by clinical research.

The effective dosing ranges of some of these botanical compounds aren’t very well-understood, but given that the product contains four effective active ingredients, we figure it’s likely to cause an effect on the average consumer.

Real, Unsponsored Tabs User Review

A TikTok user named “The Geriatric Millennial” shared her experience using Tabs for libido enhancement:

@geriatricmillennial2 Reply to @kaish_715 what products have worked so far? #vyleesi #libido #tabschocolate ♬ original sound - The Geriatric Millennial

Is Tabs Chocolate Healthy?

The good thing about Tabs Chocolate is that it’s free of unhealthy additive ingredients like artificial flavoring agents or artificial colors.

We have two concerns about the brand’s ingredient labeling. 

Tabs lists caffeine as an active ingredient but the total caffeine dose doesn’t appear to be listed anywhere on their site at the time of publishing this article. Cocoa naturally contains caffeine as well. 

The FAQ page on Tabs’ website states that “Those sensitive to caffeine should take caution before consuming Tabs,” and it’s extremely important that the brand publishes the caffeine dose for consumer safety.

The Nutrition Facts label shown in the previous section lists 0 grams (g) of added sugar, but sugar is listed as an ingredient. Tabs lists 4 g total sugar but 0 g added sugar.

Incase Tabs’ formulators aren’t aware, adding sugar to your chocolate product does count as added sugar.

We typically recommend avoiding added sugar as much as possible, given that it’s associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes when consumed in excess according to medical research.

That being said, all dark chocolate contains some added sugar, and we believe the health benefits of cocoa outweigh the downsides of added sugar. A meta-review on cocoa found that it has cardioprotective effects, protects nerve function, and protects skin from oxidative damage.

Overall we consider Tabs Chocolate to be somewhat healthy. One square contains 8 g of added sugar which is a relatively low amount especially given that this product isn’t meant for daily use, and the cocoa will benefit the health of consumers. It’s certainly not unhealthy or a health risk in our opinion.

Will Tabs Chocolate Cause Side Effects?

Tabs Chocolate does not appear to have been studied in any clinical trials, so we can’t definitively say whether or not it causes side effects. However, we can make an educated guess based on its ingredients.

Caffeine is our main ingredient of concern given that we can’t determine how much is in this product. Caffeine can increase blood pressure and increase anxiety at high doses, so if the dose of caffeine in this product is relatively high (>200 mg or so), we would warn consumers of those potential effects.

Dark chocolate can also have a mild stimulant effect due to a chemical compound called theobromine, but the dose is low enough in this product for it not likely to be a concern.

We do not consider Tabs Chocolate likely to cause side effects, but we hope that the brand publishes the total caffeine dose so consumers can make a more informed decision.

Can Ginseng Naturally Improve Sex Drive?

Panax ginseng, which is a plant native to Asia, has been studied in various clinical trials for its ability to improve sex drive in men and women, and to improve erections in men.

A 2013 medical review on ginseng and male reproductive function found that with daily use, the supplement increased sex drive.

A clinical trial published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that panax ginseng supplementation increased sex drive by 13% in menopausal women. 

A clinical trial published in The Journal of Urology found that after eight weeks of treatment, erectile function scores were "significantly higher" in the ginseng group than the group taking placebo pills.

Illuminate Labs sells a panax ginseng extract supplement which is third-party tested to ensure label accuracy, potency and purity, and which contains no questionable additive ingredients.

Interested consumers can check out Illuminate Labs Panax Ginseng Extract at this link to the product page on our website, where the supplement can be purchased for only $15 on a subscription basis.

Tabs Chocolate costs $5 per serving, while Illuminate Labs Panax ginseng Extract costs $0.25 per serving.

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Conclusion

Tabs Chocolate contains a number of research-backed ingredients for improving sex drive. We do believe that the product is likely to enhance sex drive in both men and women.

We don’t currently recommend the product overall due to some ingredient labeling issues, and because we think that $5 per serving is too high of a cost.

The good thing about Tabs Chocolate is that it’s free of any questionable additive ingredients, and it definitely has a healthier formulation than many sexual enhancement products on the market (some of which we consider actively detrimental to health).

User reviews online of Tabs Chocolate seem to be relatively favorable.




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