Health Vitamins & Nutrition Centre, Langley BC
Drive & Stamina
  • July 18th, 2012
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  • Briony Martens B.Sc ROHP
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It is still considered taboo to talk about sex drive and libido for both men and women, but I promise you for a significant portion of my customer base it is a topic discussed. In fact I think that most people will experience changes in their drive and stamina in their lifetime, this concerns me because this is strongly connected to overall health. So what can we do to support our system, improve our overall health, and maintain a healthy sex drive?

Through the stages of life, childhood, puberty, adulthood, and elderly our hormones reset themselves to accommodate our bodies needs. Although these periods of readjustment are more specific in women, men experience these changes as well. If our bodies were in optimum health, properly nourished, and free of stress these stages of transition would pass with minimal discomfort and symptoms. Unfortunately most of us do not have an ideal diet, we are under tremendous stress and we do not take as good of care for ourselves as we should. Because of this health concerns can present themselves throughout our life span from heart disease, to diabetes, to arthritis, and infertility. One of the most common problems that arise when our health is less then optimal is a diminished sex drive, impotence and even infertility. Most people will notice improvement in this area when they make better food choices, exercise and incorporate stress management techniques, easier said then done I know. Supplements and natural remedies are not meant to be used to replace a healthy lifestyle, but they can be used through periods of our life to support our bodies needs and in turn help us reach our optimum health and wellbeing. There are so many remedies available to boost libido and improve sexual functioning, some are ancient remedies, some have convincing scientific evidence to support their use, but many are poorly researched and over priced. Below is a list of key ingredients, herbs, and nutrients that have shown to be effective at improving performance, stamina, and desire in both men and women.

When choosing to take natural remedies please consult your local nutritionist or health professional for guidance.



Mens Health



Horny Goat Weed (epimedium brevicornu)
- Studies show Epimedium improves sexual health and quality of life in patients with low libido and chronic renal failure.
Korean Ginseng (panax ginseng)
- Ginseng's active ingredients (ginsenoside) increases blood flow to the penis to stimulate sexual performance and increase sexual endurance & stamina. Studies show that the majority of erectile dysfunction patients will experience improvements.
Damiana (turnera diffusa)
- Traditional aphrodisiac used by the Mayan people for sexual stimulation and increased energy and potency.
Ginkgo (ginkgo biloba)
- Improves mental alertness and increases peripheral circulation, thus producing harder erections. In one published study, 78% of men with erection problems reported significant improvement.
Maca (lepidium meyenii)
- Maca (Peruvian ginseng) has a long history as an aphrodisiac and physical energizer. Research indicates that is has a regulating effect on hormones and increases libido.
Puncturevine (tribulus terrestris)
- Used in the treatment of spermatorrhea, impotence, infertility, and incontinence.
Saw palmetto (serenoa repens/serrulata)
- Although popular for supporting prostate & urinary system, it is also used as a tonic for the male reproductive system and to restore & strengthen sexual desire.
Velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens)
- A traditional aphrodisiac containing a naturally occurring source of L-Dopa, the precursor to dopamine (the brain's pleasure chemical), which has a significant impact on sexual pleasure and functioning.
Green Tea (camellia sinensis)
- This powerful antioxidant destroys certain bacteria and viruses, enhances the immune system, and helps combat prostate cancer.
L-Arginine
- Converts into nitric oxide, the primary physiological mediator for men's arousal. May also further enhance penile arterial blood flow, leading to firmer erections.
Zinc
- Plays a strong role in prostate health; sexual development, reproduction, blood pressure, and heart beat regulation.
Vitamin B3 (niacin), B6, B9 (folate), and B12
- B Vitamins are critical factors for good health, B3 (niacin) is well known for its ability to improve blood circulation but also assists in the synthesis of the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. It can also produce a "niacin flush" that increase tactile sensations and enhances orgasms.

Womens Health



Horny Goat Weed (epimedium brevicornu)
- A very effective herb that increases sexual desire and helps alleviate symptoms of menopause
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
- Has been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic practitioners for its sex-enhancing properties. Recommended in The Kama Sutra for heightening the sexual experience.
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
- Contains one of the most potent of all phytoestrogens, prenylnaringenin, which helps women who suffer from low sex drive caused by lack of estrogen to become sexually aroused, have better lubrication, and experience intensified orgasms.
Damiana (Turnera diffusa)
- A traditional aphrodisiac used by the Mayan people as an energy tonic, mood enhancer, and sexual stimulant.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba)
- Utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to improve sexual function through increased blood flow, thereby improving orgasms and overall sexual satisfaction. An excellent herb for women experiencing menopausal symptoms and/or reduced sexual desire.
Maca (lepidium meyenii)
- Perks up a low sex drive and because of the glucosinolate content, may enhance fertility. Menopausal women and those who suffer menstrual difficulties and hormonal imbalances may benefit from the use of Maca because of its "adaptogenic effect" on estrogen and progesterone levels.
Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris)
- An important study showed that puncturevine improved libido and sexual function for 66% if women who originally reported low sex drive and sexual dysfunction.
Velvet bean (mucuna pruriens)
- A traditional aphrodisiac containing a naturally occurring source of L-Dopa the precursor to dopamine (the brain's pleasure chemical), which has a significant impact on sexual pleasure and functioning.
Vitamins B1, B2, B3 (Niacin), B5, B6, B9 (folate), and B12
- B vitamins are critical factors for good health. B3 (nicain) is well known for its ability to improve blood circulation but also assists in the synthesis of the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. It can also produce a "niacin flush" that increase tactile sensations and enhance orgasms.


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