Does your libido need a little kickstart? Or maybe your partner is feeling experiencing a lack of drive? According to experts, simply by adding certain vitamins to your diet, you can help get yourself in the mood.
'Low libido can be due to a multitude of reasons so helping support a person’s holistic health is necessary. Quite often fatigue and stress can play apart in a reducing libido and if this is the case helping support energy levels is key,' says naturopath and nutritionist Peta Teuma.
Along with eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit and lean protein, Peta suggests adding the following supplements your diet:
CO-Q10 is also a potent antioxidant that helps reduce free radicals, which can impact on vascular and sperm health. If there is poor blood flow through the vascular system, it can impact on the blood flow to the genitals and consequentially libido. As we age our levels of CO-Q10 decrease and certain medications impact on levels, such as Statins for high cholesterol, and it can be difficult maintaining adequate dietary intake.
Magnesium help reduce stress levels and have shown to help reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol can impact on testosterone levels. Higher levels of magnesium have been linked with reduced stress response and help promote a level of calm.
If you are not sleeping well it can impact on your ability to cope and energy levels and low energy can greatly reduce libido. Melatonin is a hormone that helps control our sleep-wake cycle. Use a supplement that also includes sour cherry as this has high levels and supplementation may help with insomnia, frequent waking and lengthening the sleep cycle.
Fish oils provide essential fatty acids which help our general health including brain, cardiovascular system, skin, eye and hormones. Our sex hormones are fat soluble and low levels of essential fatty acids can impact on circulating sex hormones. Essential fatty acids also help with dopamine levels. Increased dopamine may help increase testosterone levels which plays an important role in libido especially for women.
Zinc is important for sperm quality and mobility with research concluding that it plays an important role in serum testosterone levels in healthy males. Low zinc levels have been linked to lower testosterone levels. Increasing Zinc may help to improve testosterone levels and increase serum level of sex hormones, which may improve the libido.