There are many factors
that influence sexual wellness such as the condition of our sex
organs, mental health, hormone balance, and stress.
begin with, so much of our sexual wellness is tied in with our general
overall health. Impotence, erectile dysfunction, loss of libido,
premature ejaculation, and the inability to achieve orgasm are most
often due to some physiological reason. These could be problems
with the sexual organs themselves, illness or disease, alcohol and
tobacco use, or certain medications (ex: tranquilizers,
antidepressants, antihypertensives, antihistamines). There are
also psychological factors for sexual dysfunction, such as stress and
mood imbalance. Your physician can best determine which
underlying condition may be responsible for sexual dysfunction; and
your pharmacist can best alert you to any medications that may be
causing unwanted side effects.
areas of concern are issues related to men’s health in general, and
the prostate in particular. The prostate gland secretes a milky
substance that is important to the successful fertilization of the
egg. As part of the hormonal changes associated with aging, men
frequently suffer from an enlarged prostate which can interfere with
sexual function. Circulation problems can also adversely affect the
sex organs. A healthy lifestyle adopted early on in life can help
greatly in the prevention of these and other health concerns.
General women’s health
issues play an important part in a woman’s overall sexual wellness.
Healthy female sex organs are less susceptible to infection. Hormone
deficiencies can cause dryness, atrophy, and discomfort. Mood
imbalances can interfere with libido. Chronic illnesses can lead to
additional barriers to healthy sexual function. A key to prevention is
a healthy lifestyle throughout life.
Various nutritional and
herbal supplements can also promote sexual wellness. Men can support
prostate health, especially in their later years, by considering saw
palmetto, selenium, and pygeum, Ginseng can stimulate libido in both
men and women. Soy isoflavones and damiana in women may help reduce
dryness and discomfort during intercourse. Folic acid deficiency is
common in women and is a critical nutrient to the unborn. Consult your
doctor or pharmacist for individual advice as to which supplements are
bested suited for you.
Wellness Plan for Sexual Health
Pharmacist’s Supplement Recommendations:
Vitamins, Minerals, and Trace Elements
all are important especially B-complex, folic acid, selenium, manganese, and zinc
coenzyme Q10, vitamin C, selenium, grape seed extract
Essential Fatty Acids
omega-3 (DHA and EPA), omega-6 (GLA)
Herbs and Nutrients
soy, mushroom extracts, ginkgo biloba, ginseng
saw palmetto, pygeum, stinging nettle, yohimbine
damiana, dong quai
Pharmacist's Product Recommendations
These products are recommended by licensed
pharmacists who have specialized in natural medicines and dietary supplements.
For maximum benefit from these recommendations, be sure to read the Wellness
for Women's Sexual Health
Women's Total Health
MultiVitamin & Mineral
This multivitamin and mineral formula is designed especially for women. To ensure good health, a woman needs a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement with key nutrients designed for a woman’s special physiology. Calcium is needed continually throughout a woman’s life, and iron is needed usually only during child-bearing years. Daily intake of all of the important nutrients allows a woman transition smoothly throughout her cycles of life, and to perform all of her physiological functions in good health. Women's Total Health is the perfect formulation providing the foundation of sound nutrition for women.
Additional Nutritional Support for Women
This formula is designed for women as an extra benefit to their foundation of supplemental vitamins and minerals. It contains many important herbs, essential fatty acids, soy, and other nutrients known to benefit women especially. Additionally, it adds more of vitamins B-6, B-12, and folic acid to complete the additional requirements women have for these particular nutrients. Some of the many nutrients included are:
- Damiana and Dong Quai - herbs well known for their benefits in women which promote hormonal balance
- Fortified Soy - phytonutrient which also helps with hormone balance and is well documented for its cardiovascular benefits
- Astragalus, Schisandra, and Shiitake - immune stimulating herbals
Recommendations for Men's Sexual Health
Additional Nutritional Support for Men
By adding additional key supplements such as saw palmetto, zinc, and ginseng to a foundation of daily supplements including multivitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, men can get the extra assurance of total health coverage. Men's Extra contains many nutrients, herbs, and phytonutrients blended specifically for men and their special needs. Some of the many ingredients in this male formula include:
- Bee Pollen and Shiitake - known to enhance immunity and increase energy
- Saw Palmetto, Pygeum, Stinging Nettles - produce favorable benefits to the male reproductive system, especially the prostate
- Soy protein - phytonutrient well known for its many benefits including promoting cardiovascular health
- B-complex vitamins - helpful for dealing with stress and insuring energy production
- Zinc, Manganese, Selenium - trace minerals needed in higher amounts in men
- Ginkgo Biloba - herb that promotes healthy circulation to vital organs such as the brain and reproductive system
- Siberian Ginseng - Asian herb known for promoting stamina and endurance
Essentials Performance Formula
MultiVitamin & Mineral
To ensure sexual wellness, men need a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement as insurance of overall good health throughout the body. Prevention is the key to avoid breakdown in the body which can lead to sexual distress. Daily intake of all of the important nutrients allow men to function at their peak sexually, and enjoy life to its fullest.
Recommendations for Both Men and Women's Sexual Health
Complete Essential Fatty Acid Formula
Every living cell in our bodies needs a daily supply of essential fatty acids, and that’s why they are called “essential.” They are also called “essential” because they must be taken in from outside sources such as foods and supplements. Contrary to the “fat is bad” theory, essential fatty acids are indeed “good fats” that are necessary for the reproduction of new cells and the body’s many natural biochemical processes. Supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps to provide the body with plenty of the ”essential” nutrients for good health.
(with Vitamins C & E)
Antioxidants help protect the body the formation of damaging free radicals. Free radicals cause damage our DNA and to our cells, impairing the immune system and leading to infections, degenerative diseases and cancer. Free radicals are often caused by environmental toxins, stress, tobacco smoke, and ozone. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the damaging effects these free radicals. Daily supplementation with antioxidants is insurance against the ravages of free radicals.
Additional Products for
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both Men and Women unless noted otherwise)
Centers Related to Sexual Health
Information on Sexual Health
in Public Health, 1900-1999: Healthier Mothers and Babies-
article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Infertility- published by the US Food and
Effects of Workplace Hazards on Female Reproductive Health-
detailed publication by the National Institute for Occupational Health
Dysfunction- article by the National Women’s Health Information
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