For the most part, sexual function is controlled by the endocrine glands. Adequate nourishment is needed to stimulate the hormonal production of the endocrine glands; thereby, improving sexual vigor and vitality.
Glands like the thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, ovaries and testes can be specifically nourished by certain nutrients.
For example, the B complex vitamins enter into the cellular and tissue construction of the thyroid gland and act as energizers to increase the hormonal flow. A thyroid gland that is not properly nourished can cause lack of desire for sex.
The pituitary gland is responsible for the functioning of the female and male sex hormones, providing sex drive for the body and the mind. These hormones need vitamin B complex; especially, pantothenic acid (B5) and niacin (B3), vitamin E and zinc. Deficiencies, of the pituitary causes underdeveloped sex organs, early menopause in women and impotence in men.
The adrenal glands produce little but meaningful amount of sex hormone. The adrenals need vitamin A, B complex; especially, pantothenic acid (B5) and niacin (B3), C, E and unsaturated fatty acids. Adrenal exhaustion can result in lack of desire for sex.
The ovaries, the female sex glands, secrete two hormones: estrogen and progesterone. The B vitamins, vitamin E and zinc are necessary for their functioning. Insufficient estrogen causes delayed sexual maturation and lack of development or shrinkage of the breasts and genitals. Vitamin A is needed for the female reproductive organs to ensure conception and to lessen the possibility of spontaneous abortion.
The testis, the male sex gland, is composed of two glands. One produces sperm and the other secretes testosterone. (Women also secrete some testosterone, it increases sexual desire in both sexes.) Vitamins A, C, E and folic acid work with testosterone to produce sperm and other male characteristics; such as facial hair and a deep voice.
The sex hormones are made from cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol containing foods may be consumed in moderation as long as the body has sufficient amounts of other nutrients to properly metabolize the cholesterol. These nutrients include: B complex vitamins, vitamins C and E, magnesium, manganese, zinc and lecithin.
Vitamin A is necessary for the body to produce the sex hormones that are essential for sexual function. It is also needed by the prostate gland.
Vitamin B complex seems to increase masculinity.
B3 (niacin) is involved in the synthesis of sex hormones.
B5 (pantothenic acid); also known as the anti-stress vitamin, helps prevent aging of the sex glands.
B6 (pyridoxine) aids in the absorption of zinc.
Vitamin E is the vitamin that really puts zing back into sex for both men and women. Use the form Alpha Tocopherol. It prevents the destruction of the sex hormones and adrenal hormones and prevents the oxidation of vitamin A.
The nutrients vitamin E and zinc both maintain sexual powers. Vitamin E may help stimulate the production of new sperm and rejuvenate the testes. It helps balance hormone production in both men and women.
Zinc supplements improves testosterone levels and sperm counts in men. It is involved in hormone metabolism and sperm formation.
Herbal remedies for decreased sex drive not only help increase libido, but also have the added health benefits of improving body functioning and overall health. Herbal extracts have been used for thousands of years for supporting healthy and efficient hormone production.
Black cohosh has supportive effect on hormone functioning and supports the female reproductive system. It has been studied for its ability to support estrogen balance in the body.
Chaste berry promotes balance, not only with regards to hormones, but also with regards to libido. It is used as both an aphrodisiac and to support regular menstrual cycles and ovulation.
Dong quai has been used for centuries to promote female reproductive health and hormonal balance.
Ginkgo biloba studies reported that it has a positive effect on all four phases of the sexual response cycle: desire, excitement, orgasm and afterglow. The percentage of women was higher than that of men.
Siberian ginseng, used regularly, can support the healthy regulation of hormone balance, menstrual cycle, and the health of the uterus.
Soy protein contains phytoestrogens, or molecules very similar to estrogen and progesterone. A menopausal woman who eats lots of soy protein can retain the benefits she had previously received from her body’s natural estrogen. Powdered soy supplements are available.
Horny goat weed may help to promote sexual desire and promote healthy seminal emissions encouraging systemic harmony of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles.
Licorice is a supportive tonic for the adrenal cortex. It promotes the natural production of hormones.
Panax ginseng has been shown to support the cardiovascular system and help sustain hormonal balance, as well as supporting general well being.
Sarsaparilla contains steroidal saparins which are thought to resemble the action of some human hormones. Used as a supportive tonic to the male reproductive system and is thought to promote production of testosterone and progesterone.
Saw palmetto helps support the prostate gland’s healthy hormone balance necessary for optimal sexual function.