The discovery of Avena syrup raises questions about whether bin Laden or anyone at the compound was hoping to boost sexual desire and performance. Avena Sativa is an extract of wild oats, a dietary supplement marketed as an aphrodisiac known by the nicknames “natural Viagra” and “wild oats,” Reilly said.
“Again, we don’t know who used it,” Reilly said. “It could be used to soothe nerves or as a mood elevator. It could have been used by women to stimulate desire.”
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News chief medical editor, said that while the syrup is marketed as an aphrodisiac, little research has been done on the subject.