There are many natural ways to support male hormones while optimizing performance and stamina without the use of pharmaceutical interventions.
An anti-inflammatory diet filled with high-quality animal protein, healthy fats and an abundant variety of seasonal organic vegetables, plus limiting or removing sugar, alcohol, stimulants, grains, dairy and processed foods is essential.
In addition, regular movement, moderate exercise, and overall stress reduction are important steps to maintaining a healthy, balanced body.
Beyond lifestyle, there are also specific supplemental herbs, botanicals, glandulars and amino acids that can help to support a healthy and robust male virility.
Male Libido from Gaia Herbs contains a unique blend of herbs known to support male libido and stamina. One of the main ingredients is horny goat weed, a Chinese herb known as Yin Yang Huo. Research has found horny goat weed to be a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor. PDE5 inhibitors are the class of pharmaceutical drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Another main ingredient is Maca, an adaptogenic herb that helps the body adapt to all forms of stress. Maca has been found in clinical trial to increase athletic performance and endurance, as well as sexual desire, in adult male cyclists.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that has been found in trials to increase testosterone levels and fertility, even boosting sperm count and motility in previously infertile men. Ashwagandha has also been found to increase muscle mass and reduce body fat percentage, lower cholesterol and triglycerides, balance blood sugar levels and reduce the stress hormone cortisol.
L-Citrulline is an amino acid naturally produced in the human body, which gets converted to L-Arginine. By supplementing with the precursor L-Citrulline, optimal L-Arginine levels are supported.
L-Arginine is also an amino acid that supports healthy blood flow by producing nitric oxide, which helps dilate blood vessels and increase the circulation of blood everywhere in the body. Several studies have found increasing these amino acids can improve mild erectile dysfunction.
Dr. Ron’s Triple Threat combines two of the aforementioned ingredients––horny goat weed and L-Arginine––with a third ingredient, Cnidium monnieri seed extract, which is also a Chinese herb known as Shi Chuang Zi. Cnidium monnieri increases production of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), helping to relax the muscles around the penis, allowing more blood to fill the corpus cavernosa, which helps improve the strength and hardness of an erection.
Ancestral Supplements is a wonderful company utilizing the most powerful aspects of the animal, the organs and glands. While our ancestors commonly ate nose to tail and these parts were the most prized in any animal, the practice of consuming them has fallen out of favor in contemporary society. While cooking and eating them may be too much for many, taking encapsulated supplements may be more accessible. The MoFo Male Optimization Formula contains testicles, prostate, heart, liver and bone marrow from grass-fed bovine. The concept is taken from the Native American belief that “like treats like”. By consuming these parts, we strengthen our own.
Arouse Power is a formula of Chinese herbs that includes a couple previously mentioned ingredients, including Yin Yang Huo (horny goat weed) and She Chuang Zi (Cnidium monnieri), as well as many other herbs known to support kidney yang energy, which relates to strong, warm, firm, upward, rising male energy. In addition to these, there are herbs to increase the movement of blood, tonify the qi, strengthen the heart and consolidate the essence. A perfect formula to invigorate arousal and power, as the name aptly implies.
Ginseng is an incredible adaptogenic herb that powerfully tonifies the primal qi. This energy is the foundation of all yin and yang energies in the body, and roots in the kidney and spreads throughout the entire body. Primal yuan qi is the foundation of vitality in Chinese medicine. Ginseng helps to optimize the entire physical body, spirit and emotional being. While ginseng can certainly improve libido, sexual performance and stamina, it can also do so, so much more. There is an endless amount of “ginseng” in the marketplace, but 99% of it is not really worthy of the name. For best results, ensure that you only take high-quality ginseng. This is very much a “you get what you pay for” product.