This is the desire of every adult male who wishes to engage in sexual activity: that he always be at the peak of his sexual prowess without worry of lost stamina, erectile dysfunction, reduced libido, or any other condition that might lead to diminished performance in the bedroom. The good news for men is that they need not leave their sexual reproductive system to chance, that they can do something about it through good nutrition buoyed by the right vitamins and supplements.
In fact, vitamins, minerals, and a variety of other nutrients play an important role in the development and healthy performance of the reproductive system. This includes reproductive system development through childhood and adolescence, per healthguidance.org, as well as affecting the endocrine system, which controls the hormones that regulate the various functions of the reproductive system.
What Is the Male Reproductive System?
A male’s reproductive organs include the testicles and penis. As described at livestrong.com, this is how it all works: the testicles produce sperm, and the penis is used for urination and sexual intercourse. Pretty simple, at least on paper.
There are several health issues, however, that can affect a man’s reproductive organs (or that of a sexually active teen), to include epididymitis (inflamed testicles), testicular cancer, and infertility – the later a condition that affects one in six adults, according to the American Dietetic Association. Again, a balanced diet predicated on proper nutrition can go a long way to staving off or managing those and other health problems.
Sexual Dysfunction Is No Laughing Matter
Young boys and even those well into their teens (and even older) may joke about and poke fun at anything that has to do with the reproductive system and sexual activity, but a dysfunctional sex life (or total lack thereof) is no laughing matter for any male involved in a relationship likely to include sexual activity.
Other factors that can hamper a male’s sexual “success” are low sperm count, poor sperm motility, and poor sperm morphology, per natural-fertility-info.com. As ayurvediccure.com puts it, “Men should always be concerned about their reproductive system and ensure its good health to get best results.”
Vitamins, Supplements, and Nutrition
If you watch TV, listen to the radio, or surf the Internet with any regularity, you’ve likely seen or heard enough commercials about sexual-enhancement products to make your head spin. Many prescription medicines aimed at male reproductive performance crowd the marketplace, but you should know there are also many foods, vitamins and supplements that can do the trick almost as well. Here are some of them:
- American ginseng. Described as a “hearty root” and “one of the best male sexual tonics,” by natural-fertility-info.com, ginseng has been shown to enhance libido and sexual performance, as well as to help treat erectile dysfunction (ED).
- Lean protein. Protein stimulates lean tissue growth and repair as well as enhanced immune function. Although lean protein doesn’t specifically target the reproductive system, what it does do is provide a sensible alternative to fatty foods, such as red and processed meats that can diminish testosterone levels. Sources include fish, skin less white-meat poultry, low-fat dairy products, tofu, and lentils.
- Maca root. Supports normal sexual function. A limited study of men given 1,500-3,000 milligrams of gelatinized maca daily for four months hit the jackpot – increased libido, sperm count and sperm motility, raised DHEA levels, a reduction in anxiety and stress, reduced blood pressure, balanced iron levels and increased adrenal androgens.
- Omega-3 fatty acids. By reducing the levels of triglycerides, Omega-3’s contribute to proper functionality of the male reproductive system.
- Saw Palmetto berry. Here’s another herb that bears a multitude of health-enhancement properties, to include supporting the endocrine system, which is tied in to a man’s overall reproductive function.
- Selenium. Want healthy sperm cells, men? Of course, you do. Well, here you go. Selenium activates an enzyme, selenoproytein V, found only in the testes, and it’s a contributor to the development of healthy sperm cells.
- Tribulus. This is a fruit that has been used for centuries by Ayurvedic medical practitioners because it is conducive to enhancing sperm count, motility, and morphology. Its main component that boosts fertility is protodioscin, which improves DHEA levels in men – with low DGEA levels typically associated with ED. Both men and women have reported improved sexual desire when ingesting this herb.
- Whole grains. Count these among the main ingredients of a healthy overall diet, which is the foundation of a healthy sexual reproduction system. Whole grains provide glucose, per livestrong.com, which is our body’s primary dietary energy source. And as we all know, energy plays a role in healthy and satisfying sexual performance. Sources include oatmeal, brown rice, and quinoa.
- Yohimbe bark. A tonic to a man with impotence. Yohimbe has been shown to enhance circulation in the erectile tissues. It works to dilate blood vessels and thus reduce blood pressure, which in turns enlarges the vessels in the sexual organs and, per natural-fertility-info.com, “increases reflex excitability in the lower spinal cord.”