Erectile dysfunction affects the lives million
men's and their
partners. The term erectile dysfunction covers a
range of disorders, including
- curvature of the penis
during erection (Peyronie's disease),
painful erection not associated with sexual desire (priapism)
- premature ejaculation. But usually it refers to
the inability to obtain an adequate erection for
satisfactory sexual activity.
Nutrition can also have a lot to do with sexual vitality
Nutrition can also have a lot to do with sexual vitality, which clearly
decreases with malnourishment. The focus of the diet is on antiaging and
a healthy cardiovascular system. A wholesome diet low in fat and high in
fiber and complex carbohydrates is a good place to begin. Any diet (and
lifestyle) that maintains good circulation and normal weight and
contains high-vitality fresh foods will lead to better sexual function.
A good protein intake is important, but excessive protein may interfere
with sexuality. Likewise, adequate dietary fats and fatty acids are
required for normal hormonal function.
Cholesterol is a precursor of several sexual hormones, and if it is too
low, this may lead to impaired sexual function and vitality.
Regular exercise is also very important to reduce stress and
support a healthy heart. However, excessive exercise, especially in
women, can reduce fertility, hormone levels, menstrual periods, and sex
drive, so balance is important here as well.
Many of the foods traditionally believed to improve sexual function are
from the ocean.
Fish are thought to be good for brain and sexual function, especially
the shellfish, such as oysters and clams. This may be because of their
high levels of zinc. High-zinc foods have been thought to support male
prostate function; pumpkin seeds, an old prostate helper, are high in
Also from the ocean come the very-high-mineral seaweeds, which seem to
support sexual function. Celery, especially celery root, is thought to
be a mild aphrodisiac. Milk products such as cheeses and ice cream may
have a sedative effect on sexual energy.
There are many specific supplements that influence sexual vitality,
particularly vitamin E and zinc.
niacin, and the amino acid arginine also seem to support sexual function. Many glandular formulas
are available, and some men and women may experience improvement with
The idea that if we eat the organs or organ extracts from other animals
to offer some essential help to our own corresponding organs is not a
new concept and does make some sense, but there is no good research to
substantiate the effectiveness of doing this.
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