Supplements for Sexual Health

Are you worried about your sexual health, or perhaps you are looking to boost your sex drive? Looking after your body by consuming nutritious foods, limiting alcohol, finding ways to manage stress, and practicing safe sex, can all help to maintain a healthy sex life and may help to manage or even improve common problems such recurrent thrush, painful sex, erectile dysfunction or low libido.

Key Foods for Sexual Health

Supporting our overall physical and mental health is key to a healthy sex life and sexual wellbeing. Foods containing zinc and magnesium are particularly helpful to consume, as well as a wide variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant benefits for healthy functioning cells. Good quality protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates can help to maintain steady blood sugar and energy levels which is also important.

  • Magnesium plays a key role in over 300 chemical reactions in the body and is heavily involved in processes affecting sex drive. Food sources include nuts, seeds, wholegrains, cacao, bananas, avocados, and dark, leafy green vegetables.
  • Zinc is a key mineral for a healthy sex life for both men and women, and is important for well-functioning reproductive organs and hormones. Foods containing zinc include red meat, poultry, shellfish, nuts, eggs, pumpkin seeds, tofu, lentils, wholegrain rye and oats.
  • Natural antifungal foods and herbs such as garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, and coconut oil can be beneficial for women who experience recurrent thrush.
  • Naturally fermented probiotic products can benefit both the gut microbiome and also the vaginal microbiome. Consuming foods such as yoghurt, cottage cheese, unpasteurised sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, tempeh and miso may help to reduce the occurrence of thrush if you are prone to this.

Which Supplements Can Support Sexual Health?

  1. Magnesium
  2. Zinc
  3. Probiotic
  4. Maca
  5. Tribulus terrestris

Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Sexual Health

  • Some probiotic supplements are specifically formulated for women to help reduce problems such as thrush. However, do not take probiotics if you are severely ill, immunocompromised or have an indwelling or central venous catheter.
  • Magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate are the most bioavailable forms of magnesium, either in powder or capsule form.
  • Zinc picolinate and zinc citrate are good bioavailable forms of zinc to supplement with to ensure optimal absorption.
  • If you are pregnant or taking medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking herbal supplements to make sure they are safe for you to take.

Nutritional Therapy Support For Sexual Health

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