Nutrition for Sexual Health
Sexual health is intimately intertwined (oh yeahhh, that's right) with cardiovascular health, and for this reason there is a tremendous overlap between this goal and general health. In men erectile dysfunction can be a predictor for cardiovascular disease, and erectile dysfunction is frequently co-morbid with cardiometabolic risks like hypertension . In women a variety of cardiometabolic risk factors are also associated with an increased prevalence of sexual dysfunction . For more information on the high level health recommendations that can improve cardiometabolic health (and thereby sexual health) - please click on the basic health goal Now, that said, there are a few nutrients worth a slight extra consideration for sexual health:
Arginine is an amino acid and a precursor for the synthesis of nitric oxide. For this reason, arginine has been used - in conjunction with other compounds - as a potential treatment for erectile dysfunction . Note, however, that very high levels of supplemental arginine could pose cardiovascular risks, and should not be considered without proper medical consultation .
Magnesium is critically important to the functioning of mitochondria, and the majority of people in the US are deficient in it. To learn more, click here.