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Can Vitamins Increase Sex Drive?

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author image Laura W. Smith
Laura W. Smith has worked as a freelance writer since 2007, producing content for various online publications. She has worked as a women's fitness trainer for three years and specializes in health and fitness topics. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Baptist Bible College and has studied journalism at Wayland Baptist University.
Can Vitamins Increase Sex Drive?
A wide variety of vitamins can help increase sexual desire. Photo Credit Daily Vitamins and Minerals image by LynWatanabe.com from Fotolia.com

Watch TV for very long, and you'll notice an onslaught of marketing for prescription and natural products to enhance sexual performance and increase sex drive. More and more people, both men and women, are seeking help when they experience a drop in libido. Sex is a natural and enjoyable function of the body, and there are many vitamins that can help restore balance and performance to your sex drive.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps improve circulation. Apart from sexual desire itself, circulation is the most important component of sexual function. The most commonly available forms of vitamin E are alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol, two of the eight different components of vitamin E. Look for supplements that utilize both alpha- and gamma-tocopherols from natural sources or implement more vitamin E rich foods into your diet. Examples include nuts, seeds, spinach, kiwi, mango, tomato and various types of vegetable oils.

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C works in tandem with vitamin E to enhance sex drive. In fact, vitamin E needs the help of vitamin C to achieve some of its circulatory benefits in the arteries and on sex drive. Citrus fruits are one of nature's best sources of vitamin C. If you can't add enough vitamin C with dietary changes, look for a supplement that draws from natural sources such as citrus fruits.

B-Complex Vitamins

Vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5 and B-12 can help increase sexual desire. These types of vitamins directly affect blood flow, much like vitamin E. Vitamin B-12 is often used to boost mood and energy levels in people who experience mild depression symptoms. B-12's mood enhancing benefits are helpful in the sex life as well.

Zinc

Zinc is required for testosterone production, and testosterone is a major component of sexual desire in both men and women. Sexual desire wanes dramatically when testosterone levels are low in either sex. Foods that are rich in zinc include spinach, pumpkin seeds, garlic, and the classic aphrodisiac, oysters.

L-Arginine

L-arginine is actually one of the essential amino acids, or building blocks of protein in the body. It works by increasing the flow of blood to the sexual organs in both men and women. Be sure you are getting enough quality protein in your diet, and supplements of L-arginine are also available in capsule or cream forms.

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