Herbs for Men's Sexuality

Therapies for Andropause

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Eight in ten family physicians today recognize male andropause as a real change of life for men comparable to female menopause. Symptoms to watch for include: low energy; slowing facial or head hair growth; less muscle mass; lost height or early osteoporosis; enlarged prostate; depression; less strong or less frequent erections; lower than normal sex drive.

Diet for Ageless Male Vitality

1. Reduce fried foods, red meats and fatty dairy foods: they’re full of disrupting hormones linked to cancer; reduce caffeine and sugar — all of which deplete the adrenals and drain male energy. 2. Don’t go too far: An extremely low fat diet is disastrous for andropausal health. Penn State University studies find it may reduce testosterone levels… almost to preadolescent levels—definitely bad news for an older man! Include healthy fats from seafood and fish, and lean meats such as hormone-free turkey and chicken regularly. Consider flax seed or perilla oil as a healthy oil to use in salad dressings. (Use about 1 tbsp.) 3. Use your diet to prevent prostate cancer: Include cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower regularly. In one study, men who ate the most cruciferous veggies lowered their prostate cancer risk by 39%. The determining factor may be high 13C (indole 3 carbinol) in cruciferous veggies which helps detoxify carcinogens in the body. Diets high in lycopene, a carotenoid high in tomatoes, cut prostate cancer risk by 40%, so include tomatoes and tomato-based products often (cooking boosts the carotene). 4. Boost your zinc intake to renew sexual potency: Zinc, highly concentrated in semen, is the most important nutrient for male sexual function. Eat zinc-rich foods like liver, oysters, nutritional yeast, nuts and seeds regularly. Add zinc-rich spirulina to your superfood list. 5. Check your alcohol intake: Heavy drinking can lead to prostate problems and impaired erections. DHT elevation (di-hydro-testosterone - a rogue type of testosterone), linked to normal testosterone decline and elevation of female hormones, is definitely undesirable for men. 6. Take care of your prostate: Research documented in the Quarterly Review of Natural Medicine finds saw palmetto reduces the symptoms of BPH by blocking DHT (di-hydro-testosterone), and inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase related to prostate enlargement. Consider Healthy Prostate7. Revitalize your sexual virility: Try the herb tribulus terrestris or Epimedium (horny goat weed). An Ayurvedic herb, tribulus has been used since ancient times as a treatment for increasing libido and impotence in men. As an alternative, Male Performance caps have a long history of success for strengthening the male system. 8. Regular exercise is a vital component of male health: It makes the body stronger, function more efficiently and have greater stamina. In one study, 78 healthy, but sedentary men were studied during nine months of regular exercise. The men exercised for 60 minutes a day, three days a week. Every man in the study reported significantly enhanced sexuality, including increased frequency, performance and satisfaction. Rising sexuality was even correlated with the degree of fitness improvement. The more physical fitness the men were able to attain, the better their sex life!

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

What's happening to the male libido?

We tend to think of men’s libido as overcharged and always ready for action. This may be true for many men. Still, with the advent of erection enhancing drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, there’s no question that a lot of men are looking for new ways to bring back their youthful sexuality.  Some sexual problems like occasional erectile dysfunction impotence or reduced libido can actually be a good wake up call that overall health needs a boost. For instance, impotence problems may signal later cardiovascular problems due to poor circulation. A low libido in a man may be a sign of depression, reduced testosterone or , most often, a lackluster diet with little or no fresh fruits and vegetables. All of the factors can be easily improved with healthy diet changes, targeted herbal therapy and regular exercise. Further, sometimes, a man may only need to take a closer look at his prescription medication for the cause of his low libido or erectile dysfunction. Antidepressants, sedatives, high blood pressure medication, and diuretics top the list of drugs that can put a damper on male libido and the ability to achieve an erection.

Are your testosterone levels low?

Around four to five million American men do not produce enough testosterone. Even more worrisome, research shows that most men know very little about testosterone, or how low testosterone levels can affect their health.

Low testosterone signs to watch for: Lack of energy and libido Difficulty concentrating or depression Low sperm count/ Infertility Weakened erections Loss of muscle mass or body hair Increased breast size Bone loss or osteoporosis

Testosterone replacement with bioidentical hormones or transdermal gels is becoming more and more popular for men with this problem, but any type of testosterone replacement should be closely monitored to avoid health risks like hormone-driven prostate or testicular cancer, and side effects like prostate enlargement, acne, head hair loss, fertility problems, and irritability.

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To Life-long health,

Linda