What is Male Sexual Vitality?
The ability to attain and maintain an erection as well as have sufficient viable sperm for reproduction are the key aspects of male sexual vitality. Nearly one out of every four men over the age of 50 are unable to perform sexually. Even more emotionally painful for many men is the inability for a couple to conceive because the male partner is infertile. In the United States it is estimated that about 6% of men between the ages of 15 and 50 are infertile. Most causes of male infertility reflect an abnormal sperm count or quality. Although it only takes one sperm to fertilize an egg, in an average ejaculate a man will eject nearly 200 million sperm. However, because of the natural barriers in the female reproductive tract only about 40 or so sperm will ever reach the vicinity of an egg. There is a strong correlation between the number of sperm in an ejaculate and fertility.
What affects Male Sexual Vitality?
Factors that reduce male sexual vitality include hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), diabetes, low testosterone, and the use of various prescription drugs such as those for high blood pressure, depression, and allergies. Atherosclerosis of the penile artery is the primary cause of erectile dysfunction (ED) in over half of the men over 50. Drugs like Viagra and Cialis work for a time because they artificially improve blood flow to erectile tissue, but an effective long-term solution is improving the health of the arteries through diet, lifestyle, and proper supplementation.
Factors that affect total sperm count as well as sperm quality include a variety of environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors.
What dietary factors are important in Male Sexual Vitality?
Optimal sexual function requires optimal nutrition. A diet rich in whole foods particularly vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds is extremely important. Those factors important in Heart Health are also very important to male sexual vitality.
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