Beta-carotene (vitamin A)

The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, which is necessary for the production of sex hormones.  It strengthens mucous membranes, prevents atrophy of the genitals, and can help increase sperm levels.

Supplementation with beta-carotene can counteract vaginal dryness and thinning of the vaginal walls in postmenopausal women and can improve sperm count in men.

Natural sources - Apples, Apricots, beet greens, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, dandelion greens, green leafy vegetables, kale, oranges, parsley, pumpkin, spinach, tomatoes.


Choline

Action: Choline, one of the B-complex vitamins, aids in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which relays nerve messages between the brain and the sexual organs.  Choline can help improve mood and memory and enhance the brains perception of pleasure.

Therapeutic use: Those who have trouble achieving orgasm or who feel particularly tense or anxious about sex may benefit from supplementation with choline.

Natural sources: Avocados, beans, lentils, cabbage, cauliflower, fish (salmon), nuts, oats, seeds.


Niacin (vitamin B3)

Action: Stimulates histamine release, which increases mucous-membrane secretions, enables orgasm. Niacin improves circulation.

Therapeutic Use. Supplement in cases of anorgasmia and erectile dysfunction.

Natural sources: Avocados, barley broccoli, fish (anchovies, haddock, mackerel, salmon), mushrooms peanuts, raspberries, potatoes, rice, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelons, whole grains, bee pollen.


Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5)

Action: Pantothenic acid is needed for hormonal function and energy production.

Therapeutic use: People with hormonal deficiencies may benefit from supplementation.

Natural Sources: Asparagus, avocados, beans, lentils, bee pollen, eggs, fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, anchovies), flaxseed, green leafy veg, nuts (cashews, hazelnuts, pecans), papaya, pineapples, sunflower seeds, buckwheat, wheat germ, whole grains.

Vitamin C

Action: Vitamin C strengthens the body, clears heat, nourishes the adrenal glands, and supports collagen activity so that the skin remains elastic and supple.  It is also an excellent antioxidant.

Therapeutic use:  Can reduce excessive bleeding during menstruation, normalize menstrual cycles, relieve hot flashes, increase vaginal lubrication.

Natural sources - Avocados, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupe, kale, mangoes, oranges, papaya, red peppers, strawberries, tomatoes.


Vitamin D

Therapeutic use: Vitamin D is proclaimed a steroid hormone that impacts the prostate gland.  Vitamin D enhances virility and endurance and may be helpful in preventing breast cancer.

Natural sources - Foods are generally low in vitamin D, small amounts can be found in  herbs - basil, chickweed, fenugreek, mullein, nettle & parsley. Green leafy veg, papaya, shiitake mushrooms, sunflower seeds.


Vitamin E - the sex vitamin.

Action: A natural antioxidant, is sometimes referred to as the sex vitamin.  it stimulates vasodilation and improves blood flow to all parts of the body, including the sexual organs, thereby aiding in erection and orgasm..  Vitamin E supports the production of sex hormones, increases stamina, boosts fertility and nourishes the pituitary gland.  It also eases the symptoms of hot flashes, limits or slows the thinning of the vaginal walls, reverses or improves cases of vagina dryness, helps improve sperm count and counteracts loss of libido.

Natural sources - Almonds, asparagus, beet greens, blackberries, brazil nuts, brown rice, dandelion greens, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, hazelnuts, kale, leeks, lettuce, lobster, oats, parsley, purslane, salmon, spinach, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turmeric, tuna, whole grains.


Zinc

Action: Zinc stimulates the thymus gland to manufacture thymosin, which aids in the production of sex hormones and neurotransmitters.  Zinc is needed for normal genital development, vaginal lubrication, sperm count and motility.   Be aware that zinc levels decline with age and that coffee, alcohol, and smoking deplete the body of zinc.  Zinc improves one's sense of taste, sight, and smell.

Therapeutic use:  Supplement with zinc to helpcounteract low libido, erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, and low sperm count.

Natural sources:  Almonds, beans, bee pollen, brazil nuts, brown rice, buckwheat, cashews, eggs, garlic, herring, kelp, lobster, mushrooms, maple syrup peas, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds walnuts and whole grains.

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