If you have been experiencing low libido, you may be pretty anxious about it. A low sex drive can affect your marriage, and it can even take over your thoughts during the day and night. There are medical treatments for low sex drive and erectile dysfunction, but it’s important to have the basic foundation right.
Being adequately nourished is essential for normal sex drive. Here are 12 vitamins and minerals to boost your libido* if you don’t have adequate amounts of them. PatchAid Vitamin Patches are easy to use, convenient, and packed with key vitamins and minerals. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking any dietary supplements, and to ask your doctor about low libido or any other health concerns.
Vitamins to Boost Your Libido
Vitamin A plays numerous roles. First, it’s essential for production of male and female sex hormones. It’s also necessary for sperm production in men, and for normal menstrual cycles in women.
Many fruits and vegetables have vitamin A. Cantaloupe, carrots, mangos, bell peppers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, yams, and green vegetables are especially high. You can also get it in liver, eggs, and many fortified foods. The Multivitamin Plus Patch by PatchAid is just one of many vitamin patches with vitamin A.
There are a lot of B vitamins, and many of them are related to libido or other sexual function. B vitamins are needed for energy production and metabolism, as well as support of normal sex drive, red blood cell function, and regulation of sex hormones. B vitamins are also needed for normal fetal growth and development.
You can get most of your B vitamins by eating a varied diet rich in vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. But you can get more with the PatchAid B12 Energy Plus Patch.
Vitamin C is needed for a strong immune system, and you definitely want to be healthy if you’re going to boost sex drive! It’s also needed for the proper synthesis of related hormones.
Sources of vitamin C include fruits, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, and kiwi fruit, as well as vegetables, such as bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, and potatoes. The Vitamin C Plus Patch by PatchAid is rich in vitamin C, not to mention other antioxidants such as from citrus bioflavonoids and rutin, which is naturally in asparagus and raspberries. Barley grass and alfalfa powder are also present.
Vitamin E is another antioxidant vitamin and it may be the single vitamin that’s most often associated with libido. Since it’s needed to protect blood vessels from oxidative damage, you might expect a deficiency to lead to trouble with circulation and possibility erectile dysfunction. Nuts, whole grains, and egg yolks have vitamin E. The Multivitamin Plus Patch by PatchAid is rich in this vitamin, too.
Minerals to Boost Your Libido
Do you think about bone health when you think about calcium? Well, keep thinking! Calcium is an essential mineral not only for bones, but also for heart function, muscle contraction, and nerve transmission. If you’re low in calcium, libido may also be low. A lot of people are low in calcium, but there aren’t good tests to measure it, so you may not realize it.
Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, are good sources of calcium. So are canned fish with bones, such as sardines with bones. Leafy greens and beans have calcium, but it may be less absorbable. The Vitamin D3 with Calcium Patch includes vitamin D3, which not only helps your body absorb calcium, but also use it properly.
Iron is an essential mineral that’s the most commonly deficient in the world. It’s part of a strong immune system. It’s also the part of healthy red blood cells that carries oxygen to the cells in your body. Iron-deficiency anemia can make you tired, and that’s certainly not good for your sex drive! Poor oxygen delivery to the penis can also make erectile dysfunction a problem.
Heme iron is more absorbable. It’s in animal-based foods, such as beef, poultry, egg yolks, and cheese. Plant-based foods have non-heme iron. Green vegetables, potatoes, raisins, whole grains, and beans are sources. You can also get iron from fortified foods, such as grains in the US. Iron Plus Patches and the Simply Iron Patch by PatchAid have iron that won’t have side effects, such as constipation or diarrhea, that are associated with iron from oral supplements. The Multivitamin Plus Patch with Iron also has iron.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for normal mood, energy production, and sleep, and you can bet that those play a role in sex drive! But it’s also needed for production of sex hormones and regulation of sex drive.
Many plant-based foods are natural sources of magnesium. Examples include leafy green vegetables, Brazil nuts and other nuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, dark chocolate, and whole-grains, such as brown rice, oat bran, and whole-wheat bread. Still, many people can use more. The Vitamin D3 and Calcium Patch by PatchAid has magnesium as well as calcium and vitamin D3.
Phosphorus is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to essential minerals. It’s necessary for every energy-producing reaction in your body, part of every cell in your body, and also part of bone mineral, but you don't hear much about it. Muscle weakness and fatigue are symptoms of phosphorus deficiency, and those won’t do much good for libido!
Phosphorus is in a lot of foods, including dairy products, meat, whole grains, fish, and tofu. The Multivitamin Patch by PatchAid also has phosphorus in an easy-to-use patch with 27 essential vitamins and minerals.
Selenium is a mineral that supports antioxidant activity in the body, specifically of the antioxidant vitamin E. Men need selenium for normal sperm production, and selenium levels can decrease with ejaculation as selenium is lost.
Brazil nuts are the single best natural food source of selenium, but selenium levels in many foods are a bit of a toss-up. That’s because selenium in foods is linked to selenium levels in soil, which can vary. Leafy green vegetables, whole grains, beef, poultry, and seafood can have selenium. The Glutathione Plus Patch by PatchAid has selenium, as well as the antioxidant vitamin C.
Zinc is an essential mineral for the immune system and you need it for fertility. For example, women need zinc to reduce prolactin levels and carry a pregnancy. Men need zinc for normal testosterone production.
Zinc is naturally found in meat and poultry, whole grains, beans, whole grains, and eggs. Fortified breakfast cereals can also have it. Patches with zinc include the Multivitamin Plus Patch and Coenzyme Q10 Patch by PatchAid.
Antioxidants to Boost Your Libido
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant. It’s needed to keep blood vessels functioning well so blood can flow properly, and an impairment in endothelial function can lead to conditions such as erectile dysfunction. Glutathione isn’t an essential nutrient because your body makes enough so that you can survive without it in your diet. However, some people are low in it. In particular, people with erectile dysfunction may have lower levels of glutathione.
Glutathione food sources include broccoli, onions, avocado, spinach, kale, mustard, poultry, chicken, and fish. The Glutathione Plus Patch by PatchAid contains high amounts of glutathione and other antioxidants.
Oxidative damage can lead to problems with blood vessel function. Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that’s naturally produced in the body. Food sources include meat, poultry, and seafood, since they’re high in protein. The Coenzyme Q10 Patch by PatchAid has higher amounts of CoQ10, as well as antioxidants such as resveratrol and astaxanthin.
There are many factors that can contribute to low sex drive, so it’s important to look at a variety of them. At the foundation, though, you need to have good nutrient status to be sure you are giving yourself the best chance of maintaining normal libido. Talk to your doctor about any problems you may be experiencing, and also ask if a vitamin supplement, such as one or more PatchAid Vitamin Patches, may be right for you.
*The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. PatchAid patches are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone with a medical condition should seek the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. Individual results may vary.