Our expert says:
Diets high in fat and sugars have been found to lower levels of sex hormone binding globulin which controls how much oestrogen and testosterone circulate around the body. Eating food like grains, milk, eggs. Lean meat (chicken), fish, fruit, green vegetables and nuts will help boost sex hormone function. Adding foods which contain beneficial fatty acids (such as are found in mackerel, olive oil and evening primrose oil) will also improve sex hormone function. Fibre-rich foods for the health of bowel and circulatory systems and calcium-rich foods (spinach, figs) for bone health are particularly important for menopausal women. Coffee and tea, us of salt and cooking in animal fats should be kept to a minimum.
Natural food supplements for improving female sexual function:
There are a number of herbs, vitamins and minerals, which can be of benefit in improving female sexuality and dysfunction:
· Damiana (Turnera aphrodisiaca): a potent aphrodisiac known to stimulate sex drive, desire and arousal.
· Wild Yam (Discorea viliosa): contains phyto-hormones –useful in balancing female hormones such as progesterone.
· Angelica: packed full of natural plant oestrogen and well known in the Far East as a tonic for women. It can be particularly useful as a stimulant for menopausal women.
· Clove: is considered to be a potent aphrodisiac.
· Ginger: has been used to “excite” the female senses for centuries.
· Evening primrose oil: rich in phyto-hormones – useful in re-balancing female hormones.
· Soya: rich in iso-flavonoids (phyto-oestrogen) – useful in balancing female hormones and sexuality and for vaginal lubrication.
· Magnesium: is required for virtually every chemical process (including normal hormone function) in the body. Stress, emotional stress, excessive intake of coffee and tea can all deplete magnesium levels and one of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency is anxiety and chronic fatigue.
· Zinc: is required for hormonal function and can influence sexual dysfunction. Moderate supplementation can help boost sex hormone production and alleviate anxiety.
· Vitamin E: helps the development and maintenance of nerves and muscles and helps slow the ageing process. Smokers tend to be particularly deficient in this vitamin.
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