According to the University of Kansas Department of Urology, sexual dysfunction affects over 50% of men between 40 and 70 years old. Psychological problems are implicated in only 10% of these cases, and the remainder are attributed to physical issues that could include arterial blockage, obesity, prescription medication side effects, and more. Both men and women are reporting a broader range of problems such as low sex drive, impotence, infertility, low sperm count and many others. Many people are reluctant to take prescription drugs as they often come with side effects, so natural remedies are the first place for them to investigate. In some cases nutrient deficiency is a cause and therefore the symptoms can be alleviated with a good natural supplement.
One of the most powerful nutrients found to play a major role in improving libido is zinc. It is a known sexual stimulant and has been found to increase sexual desire in men. The mineral helps keep your prostate gland healthy, thus, improving the production of the male sex hormone as well as the health of your sperm and semen. Zinc is present in many aphrodisiac foods such as oysters.
A common herb for treating erectile dysfunction is saw palmetto. It has been used for many years in America as it grows wild. It can improve sex drive and helps men who have problems reaching or maintaining an erection. It can be an effective treatment for shrinking an enlarged prostate, too.
Evening Primrose Oil, or EPO for short, is a natural and effective way of treating erectile dysfunction. The oil derived from the seeds of the plant, evening primrose, is rich in gamma-linoleic acid or GLA. One of the main reasons for erectile dysfunction is lack of blood flow. The GLA found in the EPO improves blood circulation, thus increasing blood flow to the male sex organ. The same compound has also been found to improve fertility in women by improving uterine health.
Another natural supplement which is quite popular as a treatment for impotence is royal jelly. It is secreted by the nurse bees and the queen bee survives on this food and can actually live up to five years by feeding on this. Royal jelly is rich in hormones, amino acids and vitamin B complex.
A good way to increase your intake of the vitamins that promote sexual performance is by taking men’s multimineral and multivitamin. These are mostly available in the form of capsules and are to be taken on daily basis. There are even specific formulations to help with prostate health, for example. B vitamins can give you more energy therefore if feeling tired is part of the issue for you, a B vitamin complex may help.
While you are taking these supplements, keep in mind that these will only work if there are no psychological causes to your sexual problems. So, make sure to consult a therapist who can help you with any relationship problems or any anxieties or depression that you may be suffering from.
Improving Sexual Performance: Which Supplements Should You Take? by Michael Lincoln