What are the causes of impotence, depression and fatigue in four million American men? Natural supplements are an alternative to creams gels patches. Dietary changes take longer but have fewer side effects. After 40, testosterone and DHEA (a precursor hormone to testosterone) begin to decline in men. The peak age for testosterone production is actually 17 years old. After that, it slowly declines over the course of your entire life. It is not noticeable until you are 40+. A simple test can be done by your doctor to determine your testosterone level. Normal levels are between 300 and 1,000 ng/dl. Talk to him, you might be able to make some changes using what nature has given you.
Ginseng root has been Asia’s most prized plant for hundreds of years. The majority of North America’s ginseng crop is shipped to China. Ginseng is said to increase blood flow. Sarsaparill is a testosterone-like substance. It has no effect, as most main stream doctors will tell you. Saw Palmetto, 120-360mg daily, is said to reduce testosterone to estrogen conversion. Make sure to eat healthy foods. Zinc, Manganese, and Niacin (B3) all are essential. You can also add sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. Milk Thistle is a good, natural source of zinc that is great for your liver. Beef liver and brewer’s yeast contain Niacin. If you choose to go the beef liver route, make sure it is grass-fed beef.
Supplements containing Niacin (B3) in excess of 500 mg can cause liver damage. Before adding B3 supplements to your diet, consult your doctor if you have any liver diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma or gout. Traditional physicians and the FDA don’t believe DHEA supplements taken orally are beneficial. DHEA should be taken for two weeks. After that, stop taking it for 2 weeks. Then, take it again for 2 weeks. It is dangerous to take this supplement every day.
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Yohimbe is a popular herb that can be tempting if you read about it. This herb has been linked to panic attacks, hallucinations and elevated blood pressure. It can also cause headaches, dizziness, hallucinations, anxiety, hypertension, and high blood pressure. It is also harmful to the kidneys. Flavonoids, which include whole grains, legumes and fruits, are protective against cancer, stroke, and coronary heart disease. Research is underway to determine if chrysin (a flavonoid found in high levels in honey) could block the aromatase activity that converts testosterone into estrogen. It would increase testosterone if it works. Even if it doesn’t work you can still do good things for your heart.
General Description: The velvet bean, like many other bean vine species, is an annual climbing vine that averages 15 m in height. The flowers are white to deep purple and hang in long clusters from their trunks. The bean vines produce a lot of pods that contain seeds. These seeds are called mucuna beans. If not handled with care, the reddish-orange fuzz on the seed pods can be a skin irritation. The seed pod hairs can cause itchiness, hence the species name “pruriens”. Velvet beans are very fast growing and the leaves that fall onto the ground create a wonderful cover, like a blanket, which protects the soil against rain and wind erosion.
The seeds of this bean vine can be white, colored, and/or mottled. It is native to tropical regions such as Africa, India and the West Indies. Uses: Velvet beans were first introduced to the south in 1875. They were a popular cover crop in the South for over 150 years. They were a source of feed and forage, and they worked well in the September-March period when there was less availability of forage in the South. They were also used to control erosion and increase organic matter in the soil. They quickly disappeared from the southern landscape after soybeans and nitrogen fertilizer replaced velvet beans. This crop suppresses weeds and diseases, so velvet beans can be considered a cash crop.
The potential for beans to be a significant food source is great. The potential for production to out-produce maize has the potential to diversify agriculture and increase farmer income by ten to twentyfold. A farmer doesn’t have to cut the rainforest to survive with technology that allows him to farm a single piece of land permanently. The long history of Indian medicine has included the use of velvet bean for many ailments, including worms, dysentery and diarrhea, snakebite. It is also used to treat rheumatic diseases, muscular pain, sterility and diabetes. The traditional use of Velvet bean in India and Brazil as an aphrodisiac is also long-standing.
It is being considered as an option to the pharmaceutical medication Levodopa. This multi-tasking bean can lower blood sugar and increase testosterone. While Velvet beans have been used in folk and tribal medicine for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, their potential use as a pharmaceutical ingredient is relatively new in the United States. This is something that is still being explored.