5 Nutrients that boost a flagging libido

-Jan 3, Hannah Hargrave , Health -

If your libido has taken a knock you don’t have to turn to medication. Instead you could give it a kickstart with some all-natural nutrients and vitamins.

A low libido might be common place, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. Many men and women will lose their sex drive at some point in their lives potentially leaving their confidence and their relationships damaged.

But rather than relying on willpower to bring it back, you can try adding some libido-boosting nutrients to your diet. While you can’t expect to see results overnight, consistently taking supplements or adding the following to your diet through food can certainly help put you back on the right track within just a few weeks. 

Related: The foods that actually lower testosterone

Vitamin E

Low levels of vitamin E have been shown to cause a crash in sex drive and infertility, so boosting your levels can bring back your desire for the bedroom. 

Vitamin E also helps increase the ‘sex hormone’ testosterone and has even been linked to improvement of erectile dysfunction.

Good sources of vitamin E: Sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, spinach, avocado

Arginine 

The amino acid L-arginine can boost sexual health in both men and women. It’s been shown to increase blood flow, so can assist with erectile dysfunction and improve sexual arousal in a woman as well. 

Good sources of arginine: Watercress, spinach, peanuts

Related: Everything you need to know about arginine: A multi-tasking amino acid

Polyhenols

Boost your mood, boost your libido. Because let’s face it good sex likely won’t happen if you’ve got a case of the grumps. For this you should turn to polyphenols which are found in the likes of dark red grapes, red wine and berries. 

Polyphenols can improve blood flow and circulation. Berries are also high in antioxidants, plus they can raise serotonin and dopamine levels which put you in a good mood too.

Good sources of polyphenols: Red wine, dark red grapes, berries, coffee, cloves, artichokes spinach 

Zinc

Zinc has been shown to recharge a man’s sex drive.  Men with zinc deficiency shouldn’t be surprised if they have low testosterone and low libido too. 

Good sources of zinc: whole grains, legumes, beef, pork, chicken 

Omega 3s

If you think your drop in libido may have something to do with anxiety or depression then omega 3-fatty acids can help. They can increase your dopamine levels, make you feel more aroused and improve your mood. 

Women – especially those in the midst of the menopause – may also find they need a little extra lubrication and omega 3 helps moisturise mucas membranes so that dryness is reduced. 

Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, tuna, mackerel, walnuts, seaweed, flaxseed oil

Related: Five-minute meal: Pan -eared crispy salmon with tomatoes and quinoa

Lumity’s Morning and Night Supplements – both the men’s and women’s formula – contain vitamin E, arginine, zinc and omega 3s so if you’re looking for a supplement which will better your overall wellbeing then add the all-natural soft gels to your wellness routine. 

Note: If you’re concerned about your levels of any of the nutrients above it’s important to seek advice from a doctor before taking them. 

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