Sunday, February 8, 2009
Longer Nights with Vitamin C
Besides its popular role as a vitamin that enhances the body's resistance against a wide range of diseases, including bacterial and viral complications, did you know that vitamin C can boost your sex drive? Vitamin C or L-ascorbate is an essential nutrient for us humans including our cousin primates, other mammalian species (notably guinea pigs and bats), a few species of birds, and some fish. The presence of ascorbate is required for a range of essential metabolic reactions in all animals and plants. It is made internally by almost all organisms. Unfortunately, humans have no such ability and had to rely to taking it from dietary sources. It is widely known as the vitamin whose deficiency causes scurvy in humans.
Primarily, vitamin C participates in the synthesis of hormones that are involved in sex and fertility; such as androgen, estrogen and progesterone. And yet besides that, vitamin C also helps keep your various sex glands running smoothly. Recent studies revealed that ascorbic vitamin C might improve production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide facilitates blood vessels dilation to improve blood flow to sexual organs. Increasing vitamin C intake may also be helpful in increasing semen volume. Tests have shown that taking 500-1000 milligrams a day can increase the number and quality of sperm produced and reduce abnormalities. It also keeps your sperms strong by protecting them against free radicals that make them cling together in immobile clumps, a condition known as “agglutination”. Increasing your vitamin C levels, therefore, can improve your sperm's chances of fertilizing an egg.
Fruits and vegetables contain large concentrations of vitamin C. Oranges, kiwifruits, grapefruits, lemons, and mangoes are some of the fruits loaded with the ascorbic vitamin C. Broccoli, tomatoes, red bell peppers, lettuce, beans and legumes are vegetables crammed with ascorbic acid.
Make sure that your intake of vitamin C comes from a wide and varied assortment. Don't restrict your intake to any single source. Eat a multi-color serving of the dark greens, along with the light greens, yellows and reds, along with whites and blacks.
Take note that these natural sources oftentimes only provide adequate nutrition for young healthy adults. The elderly and people with physiological and environmental health problems may have increased requirements that necessitate additional vitamin C from supplements to protect the immune system against infectious diseases and for libido as well.
The main cause of ascorbic deficiency is poor diet. Poor intake of vitamin C and vitamin C rich foods can lead to the disease scurvy. Another major reason for deficiency is severe stress. This causes rapid depletion of not only adrenal vitamin C, but from other areas as well. Smoking and alcohol abuse can also lead to deficiency in ascorbic vitamin C, since increased amount of the antioxidant properties is needed to reduce the upshot of free radicals from these bad habits.
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