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Friday, August 27, 2010

Male Libido

Male libido

Joint PainDue to today's increasingly busy lifestyle, stress becomes a major contributor to decreasing man's libido. As men age testosterone is also decreased. For many men this can be a distressing issue, causing stress and confusion and problems within their relationships.

Testosterone

On a physical level, libido in men is largely influenced by the hormone testosterone. Testosterone is important for bone and muscle growth, hair growth, sperm production and it also exerts a strong influence on mood and libido. Most men experience a normal gradual reduction in testosterone levels with age but in some men this reduction is excessive, having a negative impact on their health and quality of life. This state of testosterone deficiency is also known as "androgen deficiency" and is becoming better understood common in men over the age of forty.

Herbs and Nutrients For Healthy Libido

Tribulus terrestris has been used in many herbal medicine traditions for its actions in relation to sexual function. Tribulus helps to increase libido and enhance sexual desire most likely due to its androgenic effects as it supports healthy testosterone levels in men. It is also a useful herb for support during times of nervous tension and when extra stamina is required. Although NSP does not carry this herb as a single herb, Tribulus terrestris is found in Nature's Sunshine's Ayurvedic Joint Health.

Damiana (Turnera diffusa) has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac, improving stamina and assisting with relief from anxiety related to libido issues. Damiana may help support healthy sexual desire, especially when stress and anxiety is affecting libido.

CoQ10 is an antioxidant and free radical scavenger that naturally occurs in the human body but diminishes with age. CoQ10 is an essential component for producing energy at a cellular level and as it is found in all muscle cells, it is particularly beneficial for supporting healthy heart muscle function.

The family of B vitamins play an essential role in the metabolic processes of all the body's cells. They act as coenzymes in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats to produce energy and hence support healthy normal cell functions. B vitamins are particularly important during times of stress when the body has an increased need for nutrients. Nature's Sunshine has formulated two B complex formulas, Vitamin B-Complex and Vitmain B Complex, Balanced, plus my favorite B complex Nutri Calm. Read about each to find which formula is best for you.

Zinc is an essential nutrient for men. Men need higher levels of this nutrient as zinc is important for the production of testosterone and also for prostate health. Men's Formula is a wonderful combination for prostate health which includes Zinc in it's formula in addition to some other terrific herbs.

Two excellent products which are helpful for libido, male virility and sexual function are Nature's Sunshine's Men's X-Action & Solstic Cardio.

  • Men's X-Action Benefits:
    •Supports sexual performance.
    •Provides nutrients important to the male glandular system.
    •Helps increases energy, activity and vitality levels.

    X-Action®, Men's [Glandular, Nervous] is formulated to enhance male vitality levels. Its unique herbal combination supports and nourishes male reproductive health and promotes prostate health. Revitalize and energize yourself with X-Action. It features Muira puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides) stem concentrate, Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe) bark, Epimedium extract powder (also called Horny Goat Weed) and l-arginine in a unique herbal base containing: Damiana leaves, Oat straw leaves concentrate, Saw palmetto berries, DHEA is also added to provide valuable nutritional factors.
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  • Solstic Cardio Benefits:
    • Helps protect against premature aging.
    • Supports healthy sexual function in both men and women.
    • Contributes to more productive exercise.
    • Supports overall energy levels.
    • Supports healthy immune function.
    • Helps maintain cholesterol levels already within the normal range.
    • Supports muscle mass and bone density, which may help reduce fatty tissue.
    • May help increase mental clarity.

    Solstic Cardio [Cardiovascular, Vital Nutrition] offers daily nutrition for your cardiovascular system in a convenient drink packet.

    Solstic Cardio contains 5 grams of l-arginine per serving in a blend of minerals, amino acids and other ingredients that contribute to cardiovascular and immune health.

    In the body, l-arginine is converted to nitric oxide, which causes relaxation of blood vessels and regulates blood vessel tone and flexibility. L-citrulline is added to prolong the action of l-arginine in the nitric oxide pathway.

    Solstic Cardio also contains resveratrol (a powerful antioxidant that supports the cardiovascular system), vitamin K2 (contributes to bone health and facilitates calcium absorption), vitamin D3 (supports immune function, mood and bone health, and helps maintain normal calcium and phosphorous levels in the blood), pomegranate (may support cardiovascular function) and an amino acid blend.
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Lifestyle Factors

Eating a healthy balanced diet with lots of whole, fresh food is important. In addition, taking care to include zinc rich foods such as nuts (especially almonds, cashews, macadamias and walnuts), pumpkin seeds and seafood is beneficial. Nuts are also a good source of healthy fats important for hormone production, along with olives and avocados.

Stress affects libido so it is important to find the time to manage stress. Exercise is one of the best ways to deal with stress, helping with both the mental and physical effect stress has on our bodies. Relaxing and finding time to consciously relax, whether it's reading a book, regular massages, listening to music or being outdoors is an important part of balancing stress and help cope with a busy lifestyle and of course, maintain a healthy libido.

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