2012 | Newsletter archives
Q: I miss sex. But I don’t want to expend the energy. Why?
A: We're never immune to love, but, as we age, our body may sometimes have trouble fulfilling our mind's desires. Obesity, poor diet, mental and emotional stress, and cardiovascular disease can all contribute to a low sex drive or impaired sexual performance. For normal sexual function, we need healthy organs as well as a balanced, working endocrine system producing the necessary hormones. Sexual function doesn't come to an end as we age, although it isn't the same as it was when we were younger. As long as our cardiovascular system remains strong, both men and women can maintain a good sex life.
Behind every great sex life is a healthy diet. Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are vital for hormone production and sexual function. A wholesome diet low in fat and high in fiber and complex carbohydrates is a good place to begin. A diet and lifestyle that promote circulation and normal weight, and contain high-vitality fresh foods will lead to better sexual function. Protein, adequate dietary fats and fatty acids, and even some cholesterol, a precursor of several sexual hormones, are also key.
In addition to a healthy diet, a general multi-vitamin and antioxidant formula is also a good idea. Just about the most important nutrient for sexual health is zinc. Many of the foods traditionally believed to improve sexual function come from the ocean. Oysters and clams have high levels of zinc, which may have been the basis for their reputation as sexual enhancers. Zinc seems to be especially related to male fertility and sex drive. Low zinc levels may lead to impotence, a low sperm count and loss of sexual interest. Prostate health and testosterone hormone production may also be influenced by zinc.
Vitamin C and B3 (niacin) seem to support sexual function. Male infertility has been related in part to vitamin C deficiency, and niacin increases blood flow to the skin and other parts of the body. Other key nutrients for sexual function include: vitamin E, selenium, manganese, molybdenum, the amino acid L-arginine, pantothenic acid, B8 (folic acid) and iodine.
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