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.
many other programs related to age and stress
As for many other programs related to age and stress, a general
multivitamin and antioxidant formula is a good idea. Extra vitamin E may
be helpful for sexual vitality and fertility, but this is still hard to
prove in humans. The essential fatty acids are important to tissue
strength and membrane integrity and fluidity.
Niacin, the flushing form
of vitamin B3, acts as a vasodilator, increasing blood flow to the skin
and many other parts of the body.
Some people also experience sexual stimulation from this
Zinc seems to be especially related to male fertility and sex drive. Low
zinc levels may lead to impotence, a low sperm count, and a loss of
sexual interest. However, taking more than 100 mg. daily is not
recommended as this can reduce immune function and absorption of other
minerals, such as copper and manganese. Prostate health and testosterone
hormone production may also be influenced by zinc.
Vitamin C is
associated with sperm motility, and male infertility has been related in
part to vitamin C deficiency.
Besides vitamin C, the bioflavonoids, along with vitamins A and E, and
the mineral zinc, are important to healthy mucous membrane tissue and
function. L-arginine, an amino acid, is also somehow tied to sperm
production. In a study cited by Dr. Sheldon Hendler in The Complete
Guide to Anti-Aging Nutrients, 4 grams per day of arginine increased low
sperm counts in 80 percent of the men tested. Many of them were then
able to naturally father children.
Selenium may mildly stimulate sexual energy; manganese may also be
related to sex drive; and molybdenum may have an as-yet-undetermined
influence on sexual function.
Pantothenic acid provides pituitary and
adrenal support and, thus, indirectly improves testosterone production
in men. Folic acid is a B vitamin helpful for both ovarian function and
sperm production, and it, along with beta-carotene, vitamin E, and
selenium, may reduce the production of abnormal cells. Iodine supports
the thyroid gland function, which improves both the desire and capacity
for sexual activity.
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