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Natural remedies for impotence (erectile dysfunction)

Today marks the start of Men’s Health Awareness Month, so to kick off this article explores the alternative remedies for this distressing condition. Erectile Dysfunction (E.D) or impotence is a common health problem amongst men of all ages, but is especially prevalent in those over 60 years. There are many potential causes of E.D. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure can cause impotence. Certain prescribed medications can also cause a man to become impotent as part of their side effects. If you think this may be the case, do not stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor. However, there are many natural remedies for impotence available. Long term smoking, high alcohol consumption and the use of recreational drugs all contribute to developing E.D. Obesity and lack of regular exercise are also factors that can lead E.D. So if you think that you may have E.D the first thing is to cut out smoking and recreational drugs, cut down on alcohol consumption and start regular exercise. Anxiety and stress can also lead to men developing E.D. This can be helped by taking time to relax, or consulting a homeopath for treatment. Homeopathic and herbal remedies such as Avena Sativa and Passiflora can be taken to help relieve strees. These natural remedies can be taken to help with short term stress that may be causing E.D. Bach Rescue Remedy or Ainsworths Recovery Remedy can also be taken to help with short term anxiety that may be causing E.D. The following natural remedies may help treat Erectile Dysfunction (E.D): Catuaba is a Brazilian herb that is a natural aphrodisiac and supports the nervous system. The herb Gingko Biloba improves circulation and blood flow. The nutrients Zinc and Selenium are important in the healthy function of the male reproductive sysytem, and are also good antioxidants. The amino acid L-Arginine is used to treat E.D. It works in a similar way to the drug Viagra, by enhancing the action of Nitrous Oxide, which causes the smooth muscle to relax. This results in improved blood flow to the penis. The drug Viagra works by breaking down the enzyme which destroys Nitrous Oxide, whereas L-Arginine helps to produce Nitrous Oxide. Other health benefits of L-Arginine are improved circulation which can help maintain a healthy cardiovascular...

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Selenium & Co-Enzyme Q10 Prevent Heart Disease

Scientists have found that a combination of Selenium & Co-enzyme Q10 can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and death. These supplements were also found to make the heart work more efficiently. Heart disease accounts for a large proportion of the U.K’s drug bill. The research was conducted by scientists at Linkoping University and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden carried out the study on 443 healthy men and women aged between 70 and 88 years. The group was split into two, with one receiving 200mcg of Selenium and 200mg of co-enzyme Q10 every day, and the other a placebo tablet for 4 years. The results found that the group that was given the supplements were found to have a “significantly better” cardiac function than the placebo group. Co-enzyme Q10 is vital for energy production throughout every cell of our bodies. The amount of Co-enzyme Q10 produced in the body decreases with age, so supplementation is very important in people over the age of 50. As well as helping with energy production,Co-enzyme Q10 provides vital antioxidant protection to all of our cells. This has many benefits throughout the body, ranging from cardiac health to preventing gum disease. Co-enzyme Q10 is found in high amounts in mackerel, salmon and sardines. It is also present in peanuts and spinach. As this supplement is fat soluble it is best taken with oily or fatty foods. When buying this supplement, look for products that contain a small amount of vitamin E, as this helps to preserve the co-enzyme Q10. Historically our soil used to contain high amounts of Selenium, but with the advent of modern farming techniques and the use of fertilisers, the levels have reduced drastically. Supplementing with this mineral has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol and improve circulation. Selenium works very well when taken with Vitamin E in helping to maintain a healthy heart and liver. Selenium is naturally found in the following foods, brazil nuts, broccoli, sea food and brown...

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Foods to Improve Fertility

Foods to Improve Fertility

Infertility is an increasing problem for many couples. The causes of infertlity range from genetic complications, hormone imbalances, life-style and diet. A healthy diet for both the male and female partner is very important especially if you are having trouble conceiving. Adding certain foods and removing others from your diet can actually improve fertility and raise your chances of getting pregnant. Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can have a detrimental effect on your chances of conceiving, so should be avoided. The more alcohol that both partners consume – the lower the chance of getting pregnant. The odd drink is fine, but binge drinking is not recommended if you want to get pregnant. Excessive alcohol can lower zinc levels, which can lower sperm counts in men. Alcohol can prevent implantation in women. Sugary snacks such as chocolates, biscuits and cakes can affect hormone balances in the body. These foods should not totally be cut out of your diet, but keep to a minimum. Foods high in saturated fat, ready meals and junk foods deplete the body of essential nutrients that are needed for conception. These foods are also generally high in sugar and salt. Caffeine, which is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and many carbonated drinks, can reduce your chances of conceiving. It is worth noting that the odd caffeinated drink or bar of chocolate is fine, but when these foods are eaten in excess, fertility can be affected. In males, excess caffeine intake can cause impotence by reducing blood flow. This lack of blood flow also affects the motility of a fertilised egg in females. The following foods, aside from improving your general health, can help you to conceive: A diet that is high in antioxidants will improve the reproductive function of both partners. Antioxidants are present in coloured vegetables, such as peppers and green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach. Strawberries, blackberries, pomegranates and raspberries are examples of fruits that are high in antioxidants.  Antioxidants are natural substances that help to protect the body from the harmful effects of free radical damage. Free radicals can be formed by factors such as exposure to radiation (including over exposure to the sun’s rays), cigarette smoke, air pollution, exercise, processed foods, household cleaners and stress. Zinc is...

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Anti-Ageing Supplements: Selenium

Selenium is a vital mineral that has many health benefits. It is one of the main antioxidants available to us. Remember that antioxidants are very important as they “mop-up” free radicals that are known to cause a host of illnesses and diseases. As we are continually exposed to these free radicals, for example from pollution, certain foods and stress, taking antioxidants such as Selenium is fundamental for optimum health. It is this antioxidant activity that prevents premature ageing and age related diseases. Many studies have found that this mineral can help to prevent against prostate, lung and colorectal cancers. Two studies conducted in America, over a period of 10 years, found that by supplementing with 200mcg Selenium daily reduced the incidence of prostate, lung and colorectal cancer by approximately 50%. Selenium deficiency has also been linked with heart disease. Supplementing with this mineral has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol and improve circulation. Selenium works very well when taken with Vitamin E in helping to maintain a healthy heart and liver. Many companies combine Selenium, Vitamin E and Zinc as a supplement for an enlarged prostate. Historically our soil used to contain high amounts of Selenium, but with the advent of modern farming techniques and the use of fertilisers, the levels have reduced drastically. This may be one reason why certain cancers and heart disease are increasing every year. Selenium is found in the following foods: Brazil Nuts (the best source of Selenium) Broccoli Brown rice Brewer’s Yeast Onions Whole grains Sea Food If you are going to start taking a selenium supplement, a dose of 200 micrograms a day is considered safe for most...

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Health Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green coloured micro- algae that grows in warm, alkaline waters around the world. Spirulina produces 20 times more protein than soya beans. It is 65-71% complete protein compared to beef’s 22%. (This is further proof that a vegetarian diet can provide you with adequate amounts of protein).   Spirulina contains:   All 8 essential amino acids Iron Vitamin B12 (important for vegetarians) Potassium Magnesium Selenium Calcium Chlorophyll   Health benefits of Spirulina: Stabilise blood sugar levels and stops food cravings between meals Helps to lower cholesterol Supports the immune system Helps the body to absorb minerals Strengthens the nervous system Supports weight loss Improves recovery after exercise Spirulina is usually available as a tablet or powder. You can mix the powder with water, juice or milk to make a refreshing smoothie. You can take this in between meals or after a work-out to help your body recover. As spirulina is an alkaline food, it is a very important supplement for people who consume acidic foods such as coffee, alcohol, dairy foods,sugar and meat. A diet high in acidic foods is related to arthritis and stomach ulcers. Spirulina appears to be an ideal natural supplement to neutralise the body by balancing the pH. This supplement also improves the absorption of essential minerals, as well as prevent illnesses such as heartburn, arthritis, kidney stones and...

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What are Antioxidants?

Have you been wondering what are antioxidants? Antioxidants are naturally produced by the body, but due to the level of free radical damage that we are exposed to, it is advisable to supplement the diet with antioxidants. Antioxidants can be obtained from the diet in foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, although the levels are not high enough to combat the amount of free radicals that we are exposed to. There are various different types of antioxidants that are available to take as a supplement. Research has found that taking combination of these supplements has a synergistic effect in reducing free radical damage. Co-enzyme Q10. This is a vital nutrient in the body that has many functions, and there are many studies that support the use of Co-enzyme Q10 in heart disease. Co-enzyme Q10 also has antioxidant activity. If you are taking a statin for cholesterol, you should supplement with this nutrient, as statins lower levels of coenzyme-Q10 in the body. Acai. This is one of the most well known antioxidants on the market today. Acai berries are mostly found in Brazil and Peru. Because of the hype that is surround this product many companies are manufacturing acai capsules and juice. Please check the quality of the company before making a purchase. Selenium is a mineral that is found in almonds and brazil nuts. Apart from being a good antioxidant, this mineral has many health benefits such as supporting the immune system and reproductive system. Studies have shown that supplementing with a dose of 200mcg of Selenium once a day can have a beneficial action on the heath of the prostate gland in men. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is sometimes referred to as the “universal” antioxidant because it is both water and fat soluble. This means that it can neutralise free radicals that are in fatty and watery parts of the cells. Alpha-Lipoic Acid can increase the effect of other antioxidants if taken together. Other valuable antioxidants are Vitamin E, which  is a fat soluble and has beneficial action on the cardiac system, and Vitamin C which is water soluble and also is an immune...

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