Sunday, August 31, 2014

Magnesium to Modulate your Sex Drive

magnesium and libido
Losing interest in sex? Ever felt like you don’t have that much libido lately? Maybe you’re suffering from low levels of magnesium in your body.

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, and the ninth most abundant in the universe. We are born with it. In our bones we have around 50% of total body magnesium but in our blood we have only 1% of magnesium. It's a small part but very important for people's health. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. That includes the production of sex hormones such as androgen, estrogen and neurotransmitters that modulate the sex drive - such as dopamine and epinephrine. It’s also involved in the transportation of oxygen in your muscle tissues. Magnesium promotes muscle strength and endurance. What is really great is that it also is proven to promote relaxation which is important for a more conducive atmosphere for one hot bout in bed.

Do you know that magnesium has also been known as the rejuvenation mineral? Increased magnesium intake promotes stronger bones, teeth, hairs, nail, and more energy. Magnesium is capable of stimulating ones immune system. It also prevents the calcification of our organs, muscles, and joints which sets in as we get older. Also, magnesium supplementation proved beneficial to men with problems from enlarged prostates making it disappear after a period of medication. Premenstrual tension caused by calcified ovaries can also be removed by magnesium for aging women where reports of looking much younger, losing weight, increased in energy, less depression and more sexual activity have been found as side effects.

Increased magnesium intake has also been shown to be an effective way to prevent or dissolve kidney stones and gall bladder stones, the latter best in combination with a high lecithin intake. Activation of digestive enzymes and bile production as well as helping to restore a healthy intestinal flora may be the factors that make magnesium chloride so beneficial in normalizing our digestive processes, reducing any digestive discomfort, bloating and offensive stool odors. This is in line with a reduction of all offensive body odors, including underarm and foot odor.

Everyday we lose magnesium through perspiration, leaking (urination), and through the bowels (crapping). Magnesium can be recycled through the kidneys, with a 95% recovery rate; but most of the time, people do habits that further the loss of magnesium in their body compared to their also deficient intake of it. Alcohol, diets high in animal protein and fats, diets high in sodium and/or sugar, and excessive calcium (through supplements or food) all promote magnesium loss. Additionally, there had been some research that showed a drop in magnesium levels in the body through the following factors: mental stress, coffee, cola type sodas, tobacco, medical drugs, low thyroid, diabetes, chronic pain, diuretics, high perspiration via sports and working outside.

Because of these factors, you could be losing magnesium more than what you take in. And millions suffer from magnesium deficiency around the world, most especially in western countries where calcium is given more importance but could pose more danger in your magnesium levels when consumed disproportionately to magnesium. You might think that you can live the problem through with low magnesium levels, but the truth is your condition will most likely worsen as your magnesium levels drop. The fact is really simple; you cannot live without magnesium. The lower the cellular level of magnesium, the faster disease states develop and the faster aging progresses. So you could die of old age and several organ failures at 40 just because you’re magnesium deficient. Do you know that many of the heart failure and heart attack cases are caused by magnesium deficiency?

You could be magnesium deficient when you are showing signs of several or more of the following:
  • Lower libido
  • Fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Hyperactivity
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Disorientation
  • Psychotic Behavior
  • Muscle disorders (Muscle spasms, muscle cramps, muscle jerks, muscle tics, eye tics, hiccups, etc)
  • Constipation
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Osteoporosis (Calcium alone will not cure this)
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Numbness
  • Coronary spasms
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Seizures
  • Unusual heart beats
  • Collapsing after heavy physical exercises
  • Dilation and sometimes widening of the blood vessels
  • Kidney Stones
You can combat magnesium depletion in your body by eating foods rich in, you know, magnesium. These are: Fresh grass juice (e.g. wheat grass, barley grass) and Barley Green powder, broccoli, black beans, halibut, peanuts, okra, oysters, raw plantain, rock fish, scallops, soy milk, spinach, tofu, vegetable juices, kelp, seawater, seafood, green leafy vegetables, molasses, soaked nuts and oily seeds, sprouted seeds, rice, wheat bran, oats, and whole grain seeds. Alternatively, you can find numerous magnesium supplements that can be bought over the counter, plus there are also a wide range of magnesium rich food supplements that you can buy from supermarkets and drugstores. Be extra cautious about this though. Your health care provider or doctor will be the best person to prescribe the best method of getting extra magnesium if required.

To maximize dietary absorption of magnesium, give up ice cream (which is often high in sugar and fat), chocolate (high in sugar and fat), soft drinks (high phosphate content), loud music (noise = stress), pizza (high in fat), milk shakes (high in calcium, sugar and fat), and potato chips (high in salt and fat).

The Importance of Magnesium to Human Nutrition
Causes of Magnesium Deficiency and Treatment
Magnesium and Aging
How to Have a Magnesium (Mg) Rich Diet

Friday, August 29, 2014

Manganese and Reproductive Health

Manganese is an essential element that is necessary for the normal activity of the brain and acts as a catalyst for certain enzymes to work in the body. Though only found in trace amounts in the body, good health is impossible without it. A deficiency of this mineral could lead to several malfunctioning problems within your system which could include poor libido and fertility.

Also called the "brain mineral", manganese is important in the utilization of all mental functions. It aids memory and other brain and nerve faculties keeping it healthy and fit all the time. Manganese supplements can help strengthen the immune system of people diagnosed with depression. It also strengthens tissues, ligaments, and linings in the outside of organs. If the human body is well supplied with manganese, various tissues, cells and nerves become more ductile, tensile, and elastic. This mineral also has the ability to increase our resistance and recuperative ability; and, like iron, aids in oxygen transfer from lungs to cells. It is also thought to be involved in balancing blood sugar levels.

Manganese makes up part of a molecule known as mucopolysaccharides, which are used to form collagen, the strong fibrous connective material that builds tissue, bone, and cartilage. This mesh of collagen is the framework on which calcium, magnesium, and other bone hardening minerals are deposited. This mineral is required to have healthy bones. Women with low bone density, or osteoporosis, have mostly been associated with low level of manganese. Changing their diet to one rich in the cereal may strengthen bones and lower the risk of the bone disorder. Manganese deficiency could also lead a serious case of multiple sclerosis.

Apart from maintaining the health of our nerves and lubrication to the joints, manganese is also needed to make use of protein in the diet and aids the formation of sex hormones. It has a positive effect on the libido by increasing energy levels and the brain's ability to receive and send messages. It also helps the reproductive organs to work properly because of its effect on tissues and nerves. To produce the hormone estrogen, the body depends on manganese. It follows that a deficiency of manganese will significantly reduce fertility in women and hormonal balance in men which greatly affects libido. It can also help reduce menstrual cramps and PMS.

Human diets with too little manganese can lead to slowed blood clotting, skin problems, changes in hair color, lowered cholesterol levels, and other alterations in metabolism. Other symptoms of manganese deficiency may include: Carpal-tunnel Syndrome, deafness, depression, gout, hearing problems, infertility, loss of libido in both sexes, lack of concentration, memory loss or mental confusion, miscarriage or still births, Multiple Sclerosis, nerve problems, poor muscle coordination, PMS, retarded growth rate, ringing in the ears (Tinnitus), stiff tendons, stuttering, and tremors.

Generally, manganese supplements are considered unnecessary as simply maintaining a well-balanced diet rich in magnesium is enough to keep an individual healthy. Spinach, chestnuts, tea, oats, wholegrain cereals, wheatgerm, raisins, pineapple, beans, peas and nuts are all good sources of manganese. You could also get your supply of this mineral from desiccated coconut and brown rice. Certain vitamins like C, B1, E, K and the mineral zinc helps improve the absorption of manganese while too much calcium and phosphorus would interrupt the body's absorption of this mineral. The use of antibiotics, alcohol and taking too much refined foods in your diet could also reduce the amount of manganese stored in the body. Manganese supplements and medication are usually done to people suffering from extreme cases of manganese deficiency as prescribed by their physicians.

Manganese is one of the least toxic minerals and no RDA suggestion has been set. 2-5 mg is considered to be adequate for normal healthy adults. However, doses up to 10mg daily are still considered to be safe because the body simply doesn't absorb the mineral. This is the case of manganese entering our system through digestion, of course.

Digested manganese interacts with the body very differently than inhaled manganese. When manganese is ingested (eaten) the body is much better at regulating the manganese levels and ridding itself of excess manganese. However, when inhaled, the manganese remains in the blood stream long enough that it penetrates the blood-brain barrier and causes brain damage.

Some individuals exposed to very high levels of manganese for long periods of time in their work developed mental and emotional disturbances and slow and clumsy body movements. This combination of symptoms is a disease called "manganism." Workers usually do not develop symptoms of manganism unless they have been exposed to manganese for many months or years. Manganism occurs because too much manganese injures a part of the brain that controls deliberate body movements (i.e., walking, swallowing, and speaking).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fight Cancer and Boost Your Sex Life with Selenium

Selenium is an important trace mineral that works stronger along with Vitamin E, as antioxidants that protect cells from damage by substances called free radicals. It is also incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important antioxidant enzymes that also protect cells from free radicals. Free radicals are the ones that cause cancer. It keeps the heart healthy, slows down aging, and prevents the hardening of tissues through oxidation, helps regulate the thyroid and is necessary for proper immune system function. This trace mineral is essential to many body functions and can be found in every body cell, but especially in the kidneys, liver, spleen, pancreas, and testes. In males, similar to zinc, approximately half of the body's selenium concentrates in the testicles and parts of the seminal ducts around the prostate gland.

Possible benefits that can be derived from healthy amounts of selenium in the body include:
  • Protection against cataracts and muscular degeneration
  • Alleviates hot flashes and many menopause-related problems
  • Fights viral infections and reduces severity of cold sores and shingles
  • Neutralizes certain carcinogens
  • Helps in treatment and prevention of dandruff
  • Helps relieve lupus symptoms
  • Helps in sperm production for males and reputed to increase male sex drive
  • May help reduce pain and stiffness of arthritis through its anti-inflammatory properties
  • Detoxifies toxic metals present in the body like arsenic and mercury

The most interesting about it all is that it boosts both male and female fertility. Women get healthy ovaries, while men produce more sperm. A healthy intake of selenium rich foods along with Vitamin E will keep your skin smooth and healthy which is very conducive for one hot evening.

Although rare, selenium deficiency may contribute to the development of cancer and heart disease, weakened immune systems, inflammatory conditions mostly of the skin, muscular weakness, hypothyroidism, fatigue, and red blood cell and pancreatic problems.

There is also evidence that selenium deficiency does not usually cause illness by itself. Rather, it can make the body more susceptible to illnesses caused by other nutritional, biochemical or infectious stresses.

Having toxic levels of selenium in the body, which is usually caused by excessive intake of selenium supplements, will also lead to several problems like fatigue, irritability, nervousness, depression, nausea, vomiting, garlic odor to breath, discolored skin, hair and nail loss, gastrointestinal disorders and liver damage.

Besides selenium supplements, selenium are usually found in foods that are grown in selenium rich areas. These are usually plants but meat can also contain selenium if they ate foods rich in selenium. Grains and nuts usually contain a high percentage of selenium. Here is the list of foods that are usually rich in selenium:
  • Brazil nuts
  • Wheat germ
  • Whole grains
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Brown rice
  • Oats
  • Cereal
  • Bread
  • Sesame seeds
  • Garlic,
  • Broccoli,
  • Mushrooms
  • Red grapes
  • Oysters
  • Shellfish
  • Lobsters
  • Tuna
  • Herring
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Meat
  • Beef
  • Liver

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Increase Your Libido with Zinc

Zinc has the ability to increase your sex drive. It is one of the main requirements for the production of testosterone. It also contributes to a normal sperm count. Low levels of zinc in your body leads to lower sperm count and lower sex drive or, worst, the absence of it. Zinc is important to keep your prostate healthy, to aid in regulating your prostatic fluids, and to aid in the production of semen. Some researches also suggest that Zinc can aid in avoiding prostate cancer. For women, zinc deficiency may also lead to lower libido, irregular periods, and insufficient vaginal lubrication.

Generally, zinc is important for a healthy immune system, and is also of use in fighting skin problems such as acne, boils and sore throats. It is further needed for cell division, and is needed by the tissue of the hair, nails and skin to be in top form. Zinc is further used in the growth and maintenance of muscles. Children, for normal growth and sexual development, also require zinc. Zinc also has the tendency to control the oil glands, and is also required for the synthesis of protein and collagen - which is great for wound healing and a healthy skin.

A deficiency of this mineral will result in an under-performing immune system, open to infections, allergies, night blindness, loss of smell, falling hair, white spots under finger nails, skin problems, and sleep disturbances. It can also lead to loss of appetite and diarrhea. Too much on the other hand can have adverse effects. “Zinc toxicity”, as it is called, can lead to nasty side effects such as nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalances, diarrhea, dehydration, and can harm your immune system. It can also suppress one’s absorption of iron, copper, and other mineral trace elements which our body needs to develop.

There is a shortage of zinc in many people's diet, since zinc is destroyed in the milling process and is also lost in cooking. Additionally, today’s lifestyle promotes a fast depletion of zinc levels in the body. Stress, caffeine, smoking, and alcohol consumption increase the need for zinc. It is therefore important to know which foods are rich in zinc. Additionally, regular intake of 15 to 25 mg of zinc is highly advisable (more than this can lead to more harm than good).

Food rich in zinc:
  • Oysters (yes, oysters really are an aphrodisiac!)
  • Other seafood especially shellfishes
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Eggs
  • Brown rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Pecans
  • Cashews
  • Peanut butter
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Milk
  • Green leafy vegetables

Monday, August 25, 2014

Different Types of Ginseng

different types of ginseng aphrodisiac
Ginseng refers to species within Panax, a genus of 11 species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, in the family Araliaceae. They grow in the Northern Hemisphere in eastern Asia (mostly northern China, Korea, and eastern Siberia), typically in cooler climates.This article focuses on the series of herbs popularly called ginsengs, which are the adaptogenic in nature.

The English word ginseng derives from the Chinese term rénshēn, literally "man root" (referring to the root's characteristic forked shape, resembling the legs of a man). The botanical name Panax means "all-heal" in Greek, and was applied to this genus because Linnaeus was aware of its wide use in Chinese medicine.

To varying degrees the different types of ginseng have (or might have) the following health benefits:
  • Improve physical performance
  • Improve sexual performance
  • Improve the body’s ability to adapt to metabolic stress
  • Improve memory and other sorts of cognitive functioning
  • Improve cellular health (inflammation, free radicals, protect against cancer, etc)

Ginseng has captivated Asian medicine for more than 5,000 years. It was even prized more than gold during the Qing dynasty of ancient China. This rhizome, in its natural state, is said to resemble an erect penis and/or several other parts of the human body which lead ancient experts to believe that it possesses mortal attributes. Authentic ginseng, that which comes from the species Panax, is commonly used as a healing agent to treat fatigue, reduce stress, fight infection and cure impotence.

The Different Types of Ginseng

american ginseng aphrodisiac

Native Americans use this type of ginseng as treatment for nausea and vomiting, and as a potent love potion. They recommended it to early settlers who abandoned their man-made drugs in favor of plant medicines, and adopted ginseng as a powerful stimulant and aphrodisiac.

chinese ginseng aphrodisiac

The original one. It increases the body’s resistance to trauma, anxiety, fatigue and stress and greatly increases sex drive. Panax is rich in phyto-hormones for both men and women’s problems. For men it helps in the formation of testosterone and for women it protects against breast cancer.

dong quai aphrodisiac

Japan, China and Korea prized the herb dong quai for its many healing benefits, including balancing hormones. It is widely used among Chinese women as a fortifying daily tonic, much as Chinese men rely on ginseng. It is one of the most widely consumed herbs in China, used as frequently as ginseng and licorice.

ashwagandha aphrodisiac

It has a variety of neuroprotective effects, might improve some forms of cognition, and likely a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Withania Somnifera was mentioned as a potent aphrodisiac in the ancient medical book of India, The Atherva Veda which states: “seed that is poured into the female that forsooth is the way to bring forth a son .... the strength of the horse, the mule, the goat and the ram, moreover, the strength of the bull (ginseng) bestows on him ..... This herb will make thee so full of lusty strength that thou shalt, when thou art excited, exhale heat as a thing on fire.”

siberian ginseng aphrodisiac

Often referred to as eleuthero, it is particularly good at allowing your body to cope with metabolic stress. It acts as a cellular regulator, and provides a sustained energy boost/improvement in physical performance. Its performance enhancing qualities made it particularly popular with athletes.

brazilian ginseng aphrodisiac

The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have known it for thousands of years to treat illness, improve immunity and hormonal balance, and increase the body’s self-healing abilities. In South America its common name is "para toda" which translates as "for all things". Known for its unparalleled energy enhancing properties, this super food is useful in getting rid of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It also works as an aphrodisiac and studies have shown that it increases the libido, and aids in removing all the physical and mental blockages regarding sex. It may also be used to treat several types of sexual disorders such as infertility, low libido, and frigidity.

Today, ginseng roots are taken orally as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, nourishing stimulants, and in the treatment of type II diabetes, including sexual dysfunction in men. Some studies conducted point out that ginseng (Panax ginseng) appears to inhibit some characteristics associated with cancer in animal models; nevertheless, this effect is unclear in humans. Ginseng is most commonly promoted as an adaptogen (a product that increases the body's resistance to stress), one which can to a certain extent be supported with reference to its anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties. The rhizome is most often available in dried form, either in whole or sliced form. Ginseng leaf, although not as highly prized, is sometimes also used; as with the rhizome it is most often available in dried form.