Libido is the desire to engage in sexual activity. Several studies show that as sperm count drops with age, so does potency. As men approach middle age, many report lower sex drive and lesser energy. The main reason for this is diminished testosterone levels. About 5% of men experience decreased sexual interest or desire. This is a condition that increases with age.
Other major causes of decreased libido can be found in the environment. We are all surrounded by free radicals that contribute to this problem. There are chemicals all around us that wear out our cells. Pesticides that contaminate our food, plastic in your water bottle, and other harmful contaminants in your food container—all of these are chemicals known as xeno-estrogens. These substances act as estrogen in your body. When they take effect, a hormonal imbalance occurs, where you have more estrogen and less testosterone in your body.
Another cause of decreased libido is the use of statins (lipid-lowering drugs). A study at the American Psychosomatic Society in Chicago suggested that the greater the drop in cholesterol from taking statins, the more sexual pleasure is reduced. Those taking simvastatin were affected the most. The researchers believe that statins deplete the body’s supply of Coenzyme Q10. Orgasm is an activity that requires high energy. Since CoQ10 helps cells convert oxygen, blood and sugar into energy, then losing CoQ10 could significantly weaken sexual pleasure.
A good way to maintain a healthy level of testosterone in the body is to engage in a combination of regular exercise, reduced alcohol intake, and diet that is high in B vitamins. Recommended foods are red meat, eggs, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, and fish. However, if these are not enough, or if you simply have no time to assemble all the right kinds of food, then you can turn to dietary supplements. You may have already heard of Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10. What is CoQ10 and how does it affect men’s libido?
Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally-occurring compound found in most cells of the body with the highest concentrations in the liver, heart, kidneys, and pancreas. It is found naturally in the energy-producing center of the cell known as the mitochondria. CoQ10 is an essential substance in several biological processes such as muscle contraction and production of protein and energy. It is also a very potent antioxidant that eradicates free radicals in the body that can harm your health.
Patients taking statins are usually recommended to supplement with CoQ10 daily. This is not only for the purpose of increasing libido. Prolonged use of statins can cause muscle pain, a symptom that CoQ10 can also reduce.
A recommended daily dose of 400mg CoQ10 has been shown to significantly improve sperm quality and sex drive. When you begin your CoQ10 regimen, remember that it is best taken with food containing healthy fat because it is a fat-soluble substance. Consulting with your doctor first is also a good idea so that the right dosage for you can be determined. Also, CoQ10 has better effects when taken in small divided doses rather than one large dose.
Life is more enjoyable when you have all the energy you need to experience it to the fullest. Enjoy life at its best and age gracefully with a little help from CoQ10 supplements.