• Thu, Aug 30 2012

What About The Guys? 5 Key Supplements for Sperm, Stress and Sex

best supplements for guys

Lower Stress with Sterols

Plant sterols help regulate the immune system – if it is running too low, they help to boost it, aiding in the prevention of infection; if it is overactive, as in the case of autoimmune disease or allergies, sterols help to make it less reactive. Studies have shown that taking a phytosterol/sterolin mixture prior to a highly stressful physical event protects against immune suppression and excessive inflammation associated with high physical stress.

It seems to inhibit the excessive release of cortisol and lowers the cortisol/DHEA ratio, indicating a more adaptive response to stress. Potent anti-inflammatory and anti-stress compounds, sterols also improve cholesterol levels. Phytosterols lower serum cholesterol by inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine. I recommend taking one capsule 1-2 times daily either with or without food.

Boost Testosterone with Zinc

Testosterone levels tend to taper off with aging, obesity and stress, but today men are experiencing testosterone decline much earlier in life. This is quite an alarming finding, considering low testosterone has been linked to depression, obesity, osteoporosis, heart disease and even death. Zinc is needed to maintain testosterone levels in the blood. A deficiency of zinc causes
a decrease in the activity of LH, the hormone that stimulates the production of testosterone. Zinc also appears to inhibit the conversion of testosterone to estrogen via the aromatase enzyme. Take 25 to 50 mg a day with food.

Supersize Sperm Health with Vitamin D

Vitamin D has been proven to lower insulin, enhance the immune system and even improve fat-loss efforts. However its benefits extend even further for men. One study 0f 300 men conducted at Copenhagen University showed a positive correlation between reproductive health and vitamin D levels. In fact, men with vitamin D levels of up to 75 nmol/l has a significantly higher sperm motility than their vitamin D deficient colleagues with levels up to of more than 3300 males found a link between low testosterone and vitamin D levels.

I recommend taking 2,000iu – 5,000iu daily with food throughout the year.

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