Suffering from infertility or erectile dysfunction or other issues related to your reproductive system can be a source of unhappiness, low self-esteem, and depression. While seeking conventional treatment options, it is also important to note that there are natural herbs and supplements available to be used in the restoration and strengthening of the male reproductive system.
There are so many different things marketed under the name “herbs”, without actually explaining what these so-called “herbs” are, and how they interact with the reproductive system to produce the claimed results. In this post, I will aim to name and explain the functions of the 10 most important herbs to consider, if you know someone who suffers from low libido, erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, poor sperm motility and a host of other sexual problems. Using these herbs, however, are only one part of the equation. You should also endeavour to live a healthy lifestyle – eat healthily (more fruit and vegetables, less bread, rice, noodles), stop smoking, limit alcohol intake and try to get some exercise. A combination of these will definitely lead to very positive changes not just in your reproductive health, but in your general well-being as well.
Zinc is a naturally-occuring element which assists the body with immune function, enzyme conversion, cell metabolism and breaking down proteins. Zinc also plays an important role in male fertility. Because it has antioxidant properties, it may also protect sperm from cell-damaging free radicals, which could have been introduced into the body by the toxicity in the environment from smoking, vehicle smoke, chemical pesticides in foods, etc. Zinc also increases the number of and healthiness of sperm. The body needs around 15mg – 30mg of zinc daily, and it can be gain from foods such as lamb liver, oyster, beef, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, yoghurt, green peas, turkey and shrimp. It is easy to see that it is not easy to eat a variety of these daily, so supplementing with zinc-rich supplements might be a great way to increase the bodies supply.
Benefits of zinc:
- It repairs damaged sperm
- Improves the structure of sperm
- Boosts sperm count
2. Mucuna Puriens
Mucuna Pruriens (Velvet bean) is a bean that grows from trees and is very itchy if touched because of its surface content of serotonin. It grows in parts of Africa and India and has been used as a medicine for over 2,000 years. Different parts of plants used for parts in the body and fruits and seeds provide strong benefits for both the male and female reproductive systems. Mucuna pruriens boosts sexual energy and libido, and promotes normal fertility, healthy sperm and ova, proper functioning of the reproductive organs.
Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens
- Bolsters libido
- Revitalizes both the male & female reproductive systems
- Helps the body handle stress better
3. Horny Goat Weed.
Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium Gandiflorum) is known as one of the prime aphrodisiacal herbs there is. The herb increases sex drive and fertility in men by improving testosterone levels. It is also known to address low sperm production in men by increasing it and boosting erectile strength.
Benefits of Horny Goat Weed.
- The herb increases sex drive.
- It increases sperm count in men.
- It increases the level of testosterone.
- Aids in achieving and maintaining a healthy erection.
4. Maca Root
Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is plant that grows in the mountains of Peru, South America. It is a relative of the radish, and has been cultivated in the region for at least 3,000 years. The root of the plant has been consumed for years to treat male and female hormonal imbalances which lead to infertility. Maca stimulates and supports the hypothalamus while nourishing the hormone system. The hypothalamus regulates the pituitary gland and when they are properly regularized, all hormones are balanced because pituitary glands control major hormone output.
Benefits of Maca:
- It balances hormones
- It improves energy, stamina and mental awareness.
- It supports the thyroid.
- It promotes balanced sexual function
5. American Ginseng
In the male reproductive department, American Ginseng (biological name Panax quinquefolius) is considered as the prime of all male sexual tonics. Medical studies such as this study published in the academic journal Spermatogenesis highlights the qualities of ginseng as an aphrodisiac and its historical use in treating sexual dysfunction in traditional Chinese medical practices. Ginseng as an ideal supplement for a healthy libido, enhancing sexual performance, and a treatment for erectile dysfunction. Its counterpart Asian Ginseng is known for over stimulating the nervous system but American Ginseng is guiltless of that. Rather than over stimulating the nervous system, American ginseng gives gentle and nourishing support to the nervous system and the immune system, while also strengthening the Hypothalamus Pituitary Adrenal axis, which is a core player in immune system strength, stress management, and hormonal balancing.
The core benefits of American Ginseng are:
- Increasing stamina and sex drive.
- Improve the sperm quality and sperm count of healthy individuals as well as patients with treatment-related infertility.
- Balances hormones and supports stress management.
- Aids in the proper functioning of the immune system.
- Supports digestion, aiding in overall sexual and reproductive health.
6. Saw Palmetto Berry
Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) nourishes the endocrine system, improving reproductive and sexual functions in men. The herb is especially functional to men who suffer from extreme stress, unhealthy lifestyle and eating habits, and low immune system. The herb regularizes reproductive functions in men, serving as an anti-inflammatory, urinary antiseptic and demulcent among others. The herb is especially effective when taken for an extended period of time, with long-lasting benefits.
Benefits of Saw Palmetto:
- The herb may increase low sperm count.
- It nourishes the body, providing long-term benefits.
- May improve libido in men.
- Acts as a great stress reliever, treating chronic fatigue.
7. Yohimbe Bark
Yohimbe Bark (Pausinystalia yohimbe), is a herb that increases blood circulation to the erectile tissues, assisting in alleviating impotence. The inability to maintain an erection is a very common disorder and can be mental (psychogenic) or physical (physiological). Yohimbine, which is found in yohimbe bark, has been found to lower blood pressure thus allowing vessels in sexual organ to enlarge and allows excitability. The herb assists in achieving and maintaining stronger and longer lasting erections. It should be noted that this herb should never be overdosed on, or taken together with liver, cheese, or red wine due to the amino acid tyramine found in these foods. Also, people who are on blood pressure drugs or who have issues with low blood pressure should steer clear of Yohimbe.
Benefits of Yohimbe:
- The herb helps in maintaining an erection.
- It may help to give firmer erections.
- It aids in proper circulation to the sexual and reproductive organs.
8. Vitamin C
Vitamin C can aid in preventing sperm agglutination; a situation where sperm clump together and are hindered from reaching and fertilizing an egg. Vitamin C can be taken as a supplement or it can be included in your diet. Pineapple, Broccoli, Kale, Strawberries, Red bell peppers are just some of the foods rich in Vitamin C.
Benefits of Vitamin C
- It serves as a wonderful immune system booster and optimizes fertility.
- Supports over-all health
- Aids in the prevention of sperm clumping
9. Ginkgo Leaves.
Ginkgo leaves (Ginkgo biloba) is a ready acting remedy for men who suffer from erectile dysfunction. The herb causes an increase in blood flow to the sexual organs and is a prime source of antioxidants, which is beneficial to sperm health.
Benefits of Ginkgo Leaves
- Aids in curing erectile dysfunction.
- Increases blood flow to the reproductive organs.
- The herb is very rich in antioxidants.
- It may improve the health of your sperm.
10. Goji Berry.
Goji Berry, (Lycium barbarum) are known to regulate the heating system in the testes, protecting sperm from overheating. The herbs support hormonal imbalance and are highly nutritious, sustaining sperm quality and quantity with its high level of antioxidant.
Benefits of Goji Berry
- It protects sperm from hypothermia.
- It improves quantity and quality of the sperm.
- It supports hormonal balance.
- The berries contribute to overall health with their high nutrition.
It is unlikely (and expensive) that you will have to go out and buy each individual supplement, as there are some functions which could be achieved by more than one supplement. As a rule of thumb, try to aim to get around 2 – 3 of these products in whichever supplement you choose to buy. This guide is intended to help you know what to look for when you read the contents of the supplement bottle, so that you know the functions of each component and whether or not it is for you. If you’re based in Nigeria, you can get effective Nafdac-registered supplements containing at least 4 for the above products by calling Boma on +2348036760471