The Goal: Increase sexual drive and stamina by targeting specific neurotransmitters to optimize all stages of sexual activity.
The Time: 30-minute session.
The Plan: As needed, up to 3 times per week.
The Goods: Vitamin C, Glutamine, Arginine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Selenium, and Sodium Bicarbonate.
The Science: One of the most important organs for a healthy sex life is the brain. Neurotransmitters control all four phases of the sexual cycle: desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution. Targeted nutrients balance the following neurotransmitters and optimize hormone balance: dopamine for desire, acetylcholine for arousal, gamma-amino butyric acid for orgasms, and serotonin for resolution.
The Deal: Desire is initiated by the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is released in the brain during the anticipation of sex. Without dopamine release, there would be no anticipation or urge for sex, and therefore no libido. Vitamin C boosts dopamine and increases sperm count. Magnesium is a “mineral aphrodisiac,” that increases sex drive. Taurine increases testosterone levels and is the most abundant amino acid found in the male sexual organs.
Arousal is initiated by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which assists with focus, creativity, and concentration. Low brain levels of acetylcholine make the brain unable to concentrate on sex, disrupting the normal arousal process. Taurine is an acetylcholine booster. Vitamin C assists arousal by promoting vasodilation in assistance with nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide boosts blood flow, lowers blood pressure, improves erectile strength, improves libido and lowers cortisol levels. Taurine and Arginine also assist in nitric oxide production and cause vasodilation. Vitamin C and Magnesium also enhance sex drive, through the synthesis of androgen, estrogen and progesterone, which aid in arousal. Selenium is essential to sperm production.
Orgasm is reached with the assistance of the neurotransmitter Gamma-amino butyric acid or GABA. GABA is responsible for evoking a feeling of calm and tranquility. Increasing the amount of GABA in the brain has a relaxing, anti-anxiety, and mood-soothing effect. GABA-enhancing compounds include the branched-chain amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine also improve testosterone.
The final phase of sexual cycle is resolution. This is maintained by the neurotransmitter serotonin, which promotes a relaxed, happy, contented, and emotionally balanced feeling. These are the feelings many equate to the “afterglow” after having sex. Vitamin C, and Magnesium increase the uptake of serotonin.