Many men suffer from erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, (i.e., sex drive), and premature ejaculation due to overexcitement or sexually related anxiety. In the absence of sexual partners, this may be seen as a blessing. But for those of you wanting frequent and satisfying intimate relations, it can be a serious burden. Many turn to prescription medication to help this condition. But there are natural alternatives too.
The sexually enhancing properties of certain plants have been backed by well-conducted human clinical trials. These plants go by the name of Eurycoma longifolia, Tribulus terrestris, Maca, and the plants of the ginseng family.
The prescription route
So why search for natural, plant-based remedies when we have such miraculous prescription medications such as Viagra and Cialis? Well, for one, these are prescription medications and they involve the hassle of going to a doctor and discussing intimate issues, which many men are reluctant to do. Some perceive these conditions as a threat to their manliness.
Those who opt for the more anonymous online route should know that ordering these medicines without a prescription poses serious health risks. Usually such medicines are shipped from Asia or India where there are no stringent regulatory standards in place to ensure that the drug produced is safe for human consumption and that it actually lives up to its claims. These medicines may be contaminated with harmful compounds or manufactured in a manner that produces a toxic byproduct. Continue reading →
Today I will continue the topic of fertility. All the things that I covered in my first article on the topic in relation to women also apply to men, except of course the increased need for folic acid during pregnancy.
There is one thing that is specific to men. The reason why men have testes (i.e. the site where sperm is produced) outside of the abdominal cavity is because production of sperm requires a slightly lower temperature than normal body temperature. This difference in temperature is only about 2 degrees Celsius, but it is very important. Increasing the temperature by only 1 or 2 degrees can hinder sperm production to the point of infertility. This is why it is important for men not to wear tight underwear. Such underwear keeps the testes close to the rest of the body, thus increasing the temperature of the testes and hindering sperm production.
Today many couples have problems conceiving. If the problem is simply mechanical, there is the option of in vitro fertilization. This process entails extracting an egg from a woman’s ovary and sperm from a man. Then the sperm is then injected into the egg in a laboratory setting. This stimulates the fertilized egg to undergo cellular divisions and this is how life begins. When the egg becomes a ball of cells, it is injected into the uterus of the woman for it to undergo implantation into the uterine wall. Once implanted, it continues its development to become a fetus.
This all sounds great and in fact, it is. But it does not work when there is a problem with either the egg or the sperm. Such problems can be genetic or environmental. When genetic, there is really not much that can be done at the present with the state of our technology. The only options in such cases are to take a healthy sperm or egg from a donor or to adopt a child. If the problem is environmental, it can have many causes that can be eliminated for increased fertility.
Why is L-Glutamine (Glutamine for simplicity’s sake) so popular in the sports nutrition industry? Why is it so success as a recovery agent after any kind of trauma including post-surgery recovery?
To begin with, Glutamine is one of the 20 amino acids and is the most abundant amino acid in the human body. It is second only to glucose as the primary cellular energy source. The body can synthesize this amino acid from scratch, but this rate of synthesis is limited: when the body is going through physical activity, as in sports training, or when it is stressed due to some trauma. One of the prime roles of Glutamine is the same as for any other amino acid; it is the building block of proteins.
But there are a few other qualities that make it very unique on its own. Continue reading →
There is renewed hype about testosterone replacement therapy. At first, a lot of middle-aged men jumped on the bandwagon because testosterone replacement offered a quick fix to improve vitality, energy, stamina, strength and sexual performance.
Now, lawyers and critics are not far behind as more and more TV ads about testosterone replacement causing increased risk of strokes and heart attacks appear. Other potential side effects are increased risk or exacerbation of prostate cancer, decreased sperm count, acne and hair loss.
The story of testosterone replacement is probably just too good to be true.