I’ve never quite understood why there is so much hullabaloo about a man’s libido, but no one gives a passing glance to the sex drive of a woman. After all, we are the ones that deal with the hectic schedules, the constant demands, the messy house. Most likely, the only thing we want to do at the end of the day is crawl into bed, not into a sexy little Victoria’s Secret get-up. It would be nice if someone took some of the ridiculous male “potency” ads off the television, and started funding some real research into natural remedies for the low sex drive of busy moms. But until then, here are some tried and true supplements that can increase your overall health, and may even give your sex drive a little boost, too.
Vitamin C—This vitamin is often associated with citrus fruits and is vital in the development of strong blood vessels walls (unobstructed blood flow to the pelvic region is essential to sexual performance). Plus, it helps support your immune system; and no one wants to get busy when you’re fighting off a cold.
Riboflavin—This mineral is often found in green vegetables, whole grains, and fortified cereals. Often overlooked, this little gem helps maintain the mucous membranes that line the female reproductive tract. I never thought a bowl of cereal was sexy until I found this out.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids—Although there are no clinical studies (yet!), these healthy oils that are found in fish and flax seem to boost sexual health. Plus, they make your skin and hair simply shine. Hey, every little bit helps when you want to look good naked.
Iron—Without enough iron in your diet, you can easily suffer from iron-deficiency enemia, which may be responsible for fatigue. And fatigue and sex do NOT get along very well. Make sure you get enough through nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and iron-fortified cereal and non-dairy milk.
Zinc—Although its role in sex drive has yet to be explained, zinc has close ties to sexual health. (Hmm…maybe there is some truth to that whole oyster thing!).Zinc deficiency can delay a child’s sexual development and inhibit a man from producing sperm. Zinc supports healthy adrenal activity, which translates into more energy (hence, sexual stamina). The best sources for zinc are meat, eggs, whole grains, milk, beans, and nuts (oh, and let’s not forget oysters). A calcium-magnesium-zinc supplement is also an option.
B Vitamins—These wonderful vitamins help your body convert food to energy. They are thought to help women reach orgasm and improve sexual stamina. B vitamins can be found in whole grains, beans, bananas, nutritional yeast, and molasses.
Although these supplements may help your sex life, remember that total health is not something that can be picked apart into separate little pieces. Health is the big picture. Make sure your diet is healthy, you get regular exercise, and you take daily measures to control the amount of stress in you life. Everyone deserves a happy, healthy sex life.
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