Living With Type 2
Diabetes is known to have an adverse effect on the sexual health of both men and women. In this post, we look at two useful tips for managing diabetes related sexual problems in men using natural remedies.
The ayurvedic herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian Ginseng, has long been considered as a potent aphrodisiac for men, because:
Ashwagandha should be administered with caution in:
The amino acid L-Arginine, which is needed by the body to make proteins, is known to dilate blood vessels, thus improving blood flow and preventing coronary heart disease (only when taken from plant-derived sources). Better blood flow is known to improve the capacity to have an erection in men.
In diabetics, a process known as oxidative stress damages arteries and capillaries. The effect of this process is minimized by L-Arginine.
Some of the dietary sources of L-Arginine are:
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