Many of us are aware of the supreme health benefits of eating whole foods from the earth, but with Valentine’s Day and Sexual & Reproductive Health Awareness Week (February 12th-18th) around the corner, we thought this was the perfect time to explore the linkages between raw vegan superfoods and sexual health and performance.
1. Plant-based protein may positively affect sperm quality
The Cleveland Clinic recommends that both males and females cut back on red meat consumption and look to plant-based proteins to keep saturated fats levels in check. Why? Because diets high in saturated fat can lead to clogged arteries, potentially harming blood flow. Because the initial stages of physical arousal for both sexes relies on a steady, strong flow of blood to the sexual organs, compromised blood flow can negatively affect libido and sexual performance.
For males specifically, the clinic’s suggestion to look to plant-based protein sources is based on a 60 day animal study that found subjects who followed a diet that included animal protein containing milk solids had lower sperm counts and reduced sperm quality, as compared to the plant-protein group.
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2. Shatavari supports reproductive health in women
Asparagus racemosus (also known as Shatavari), is an adaptogenic herb used in Ayurveda medicine. Traditionally used as the chief uterine tonic in Ayurveda, Shatavari supports female reproductive health at all stages, from menses, ovulation and fertility, through to uterine strength during pregnancy, childbirth, and breast milk production.
For men, taking Shatavari with Ashwagandha can be a potent and natural way to support sexual arousal and ability. Shatavari is said to positively “readily increase testosterone, semen count, seminal fructose content, erection indexes and much more.”
In addition to supporting reproductive health in both sexes, Shatavari can also improve digestion and help combat stress, helping us achieve a greater sense of well-being, balance, calmness and confidence.
3. Maca can enhance libido
Maca is a nutritionally potent root, typically available in powder form. Loaded with minerals, vitamins, proteins and tannins, this rich source of carbohydrates and alkaloids can form the basis for sustainable energy. Human studies have shown maca’s ability to enhance libido and erectile quality in athletes, healthy males and study participants suffering from anti-depressant induced sexual dysfunction.
Because maca is a whole, natural food, it is a safer option than pharmaceutical remedies for improving sexual function and enhancing libido.
Incorporating maca into your diet can be as simple as sprinkling the powdered form into your smoothie, yogurt, or soup. We also encourage you to try JEM Cinnamon Red Maca Sprouted Almond Spread – one of four delicious and raw organic JEM sprouted nut spreads on sale this month!
Following a lifestyle comprised of adequate rest, consistent physical exercise and a diet rich in raw foods, has been shown to positively influence sex drive and our reproductive systems. Regardless of the superfoods and 100% real food supplements you use to improve your sexual health and performance, you can feel confident experimenting with unmarred, natural sources of energy and vitality. Just another reason to get on the raw vegan lovin’ bandwagon!