Published On: Mon, Jan 14th, 2013

Minerals & Sex

Deficiency in zinc causes low sex drive in everyone.

Minerals & Sex

-by Steve Van Stone
Technical Director, C&M Laboratories      

When I was a kid, every morning my Mom would say; “ Don’t forget to take your vitamins!” So I faithfully took that handful of pills before school each day.

But later in life, I discovered for myself a key factor which was not emphasized back then.  

 The importance of minerals.

Did you know that without minerals, vitamins are basically useless?

When it comes to a healthy sex life, minerals are essential. A deficiency in minerals may affect sexual ability, performance, enjoyment and fertility.

Dietary minerals play an integral role in the many complex biological functions such as hormonal, enzymatic and neurological actions upon which a healthy sex life depends.

There are a number of minerals which have a direct or indirect effect on sexual performance and ability.

Long ago, a number of aphrodisiacs were discovered through trial and error, but when you look closely at what these substances and concoctions contain, it is interesting to note that each is high in minerals, vitamins and other vital nutrients.

When one becomes generally healthier, the interest in sex usually returns or even improves.

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Remember the last time you were under the weather? I’m guessing your interest in sex was either low or missing altogether. A healthy person is much more likely to have the desire and energy for sex.

For the endocrine system to function smoothly, a wide variety of minerals are essential. The endocrine system is your system of glands which create and secrete the hormones for proper regulation of the body. But modern farming methods have depleted essential minerals from our soils!. And – our food and lifestyle choices can also affect the quantity of minerals in our bodies.

Although the body requires probably dozens of minerals to operate at peak health, (likely more than 70 of the 80 naturally occurring stable elements on earth), the following minerals have been observed to have some direct or indirect effect on sexual function, potency, ability and enjoyment; these are  Zinc, iodine, copper, iron, selenium and magnesium and manganese.

Zinc:
Though only needed in trace amounts, zinc play a huge role in the sexual health of both men and women. Deficiency in zinc causes low sex drive in everyone.

Zinc content of the prostate gland and the sperm is higher than in any other body tissue and helps to regulate prostate fluid.  

Zinc not only helps produce testosterone, but also helps to maintain semen volume, which keeps sperm healthy and regulates sex drive. Also, getting more zinc in your diet could help solve male infertility.

Zinc is an important mineral for women sexuality as well.

Zinc helps in the production of histamine.

Low histamine levels may lower your sex drive and make it difficult to achieve orgasm.

Women are particularly prone to zinc and other mineral deficiencies because of monthly blood loss through menstruation, and their tendency to diet, which limits the intake of essential nutrients to help replace the monthly loss.

As women experience menopause, the lack of estrogen & zinc deficiency together can have a negative effect on sexuality.

Magnesium:
Magnesium increases circulation, relaxes muscles and can be very calming – all the prerequisites for having a good sex life. Or, at least, some of them!

Erectile dysfunctions in men are closely related to magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium has a de-stressing effect, and there is anecdotal evidence that taking magnesium could not only help you last longer, it has been known to make it possible to last as long as you wish.

For women, Magnesium before sex stimulates a stronger orgasm.

This trace mineral is important for the production of sex hormones, such as androgen and estrogen, as well as neurotransmitters that modulate the sex drive.

Selenium:
Around 50% of the selenium in a man is in the testes and seminal ducts, and men do lose selenium in their semen. Thus, getting enough selenium is vital for peak sexual performance.

In 1998, the British Journal of Urology published the results of a study conducted over 90 days on 69 infertile men.

Some were treated with a placebo, some with selenium, and some with selenium in combination with vitamins.

At the conclusion of the study, the men treated with selenium had significantly higher sperm motility. In fact, 11% of the men successfully impregnated their partners during the trial!

Manganese:
Manganese helps produce sex hormones and boosts sexual energy.  This trace mineral also helps to maintain overall reproductive health.  A deficiency of manganese may lead to low sex drive, low sperm count, and even infertility.

Iodine:
The mineral Iodine plays an indirect role in healthy sexual performance.

Iodine interacts with the protein, L-Tyrosine to produce thyroxine, the thyroid hormone that regulates body heat and cellular energy production.

Industrialized farming has continued to deplete our soil of iodine and other essential nutrients for decades.

Iodine deficiency runs rampant in the United States. 

Iron:
Iron deficiencies have been discussed for years.

They have been especially discussed in women, since woman  are apt to lose iron during menstruation.

However, low iron affects men as well.

Besides joint pain, fatigue, abdominal pain, irregular heartbeat and hair loss, a deficiency in this trace mineral may reduce sex drive.

Iron has a role in synthesizing the neurotransmitters which regulate our sex drive.

Since industrialized farming was introduced in the last century, our soils have become more and more depleted of the essential minerals we need. To offset this problem, our immediate solution is to supplement our diet with minerals.

But what kind of mineral supplements should we take?

Robert Thiel, Ph.D., has the following to say;

The truth about nearly all minerals in supplements is that they are really industrial chemicals made from processing rocks with one or more acids.”

“Most mineral supplements contain minerals in the form referred to as ‘mineral salts’. Even though mineral salts are often called “natural”, they are rocks (e.g. calcium carbonate exists as the rock commonly known as limestone) or they are chemically produced in accordance with the United States Pharmacopoeia.”

Mineral salts are natural food for plants, they are not a natural food for humans.”

“Humans were designed to eat food and to get their minerals from foods.”

“Plants are designed to ingest and break-down minerals, humans are not.”

The point is this; you should consume only phytogenic (plant-based) supplements.

Our bodies were designed to obtain all of the essential minerals from plants.

Even the minerals we get from meat originated in the plants which the animals ate.

These minerals are broken down by the plants into such a microscopic size, that  they can actually remain suspended in liquid; then the minerals would be most bio-available and absorbable.

Because liquid, plant-derived minerals would be the most ideal form, you need to ensure that the mineral supplements you take are plant-based rather than derived from a sea-bed or a clay layer.

So, in order to enjoy your sex life to its fullest, don’t forget to take your minerals!

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