Male Sexual Vitality

For optimal sexual function, we need optimal nutrition. A diet rich in whole foods—particularly vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds—is extremely important. So are some basic supplements including high-potency multivitamin/multimineral formulas, greens drinks, and pharmaceutical-grade fish oils. Beyond these basics, there are some key nutrients that also deserve special mention:

Zinc is concentrated in semen, and frequent ejaculation can diminish the body’s stores. In response to a zinc deficiency, the body may reduce sexual drive in order to retain this important trace mineral.

L-arginine increases the formation of nitric oxide within blood vessels. As it relates to ED, L-arginine may improve blood flow to erectile tissue—the same net effect as the one produced by Viagra.
In one study, 31 percent of those who took L-arginine reported improvement in sexual function compared to only
11 percent of control subjects.

Grape seed and pine bark extracts were shown to increase the benefits of L-arginine in one double-blind study, presumably by enhancing production of nitric oxide to an even greater degree than L-arginine alone.

Herbal treatments for ED include longjack (Eurycoma longifolia Jack), Tribulus terrestris, and Testofen, an extract of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum).

In Asia, longjack has been traditionally used to enhance virility. Tribulus terrestris has also been used traditionally to improve sexual function in men. Animal studies indicate that tribulus may affect testosterone levels, but human studies haven’t produced consistent results. Testofen, on the other hand, has shown impressive results in improving libido and testosterone levels in human clinical trials.

In Asia, longjack has been traditionally used to enhance virility. Tribulus terrestris has also been used traditionally to improve sexual function in men. Animal studies indicate that tribulus may affect testosterone levels, but human studies haven’t produced consistent results. Testofen, on the other hand, has shown impressive results in improving libido and testosterone levels in human clinical trials.