A traditional medicine practitioner has recommended food containing essential minerals and vitamins for men seeking a healthy libido. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nature Healing Alternatives, Dr Leye Popoola, said diet plays a crucial role in men’s reproductive health.
Dr Popoola said some vitamins, especially vitamin C and E help to mop up free radicals in the system to ensure good health.
By this, the body will function at maximum capacity, he added.
He said man’s diet can influence directly and indirectly by his sexual prowess.
The traditional medicine practitioner said a man’s poor libido can be a direct consequences of his ailing heart or cardiovascular health.
He said many fruits, such as mango, carrots and oranges are good for the body but not many Nigerian men take them.
Besides these, there are other fruits that are grown locally, which are also good for men.
He also recommended dark green leafy vegetables but cautioned that it should not be over-cooked.
Popoola warned men against taking processed foods as these cause men’s weakness.
“They should also avoid fizzy drinks and settle for wholly natural drinks. Alcohol too inhibit the system. So they must avoid it,” he said.
He spoke of men living in denial because of shame, saying their problem is not without solution.
“All they need to do is make some lifestyle modifications, especially in their food intake,” he said.
He continued: “The food they consume often make them to have weak libido or ED. Men should keep off unnatural or devalued food, especially white flour or bread. They should abstain from smoking and taking of alcohol. I observed that many men complain and actually have ED. It is alarming the rate at which they go for orthodox drugs as respite. I want to state that medication is not the only solution for treating impotence or ED, because there could be underlying factors, such as lifestyle, or stress that should be addressed.”
He said despite the social cultural issues surrounding the problem many men still keep to themselves. “It is surprisingly that most men would rather die in silence than agree that they are suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) otherwise known as impotence,” he said.
Dr Popoola said there are concoction made from gboingboin (Yoruba), sombo (Yoruba) and cayenne, which can solve their problem without any side effect.
He said there is need to understand how man’s body is composed in order to understand ED and the way out. “When a sub-system is disabled the entire system is affected. Even headache and cough can affect sexual relationship. Similarly, high blood pressure can also predispose men to low libido. If a man is stressed up; experiences sleeplessness or eat too much fatty foods that clog the blood stream, impressive libido will be impeded.
“In fact, impotence is an early warning sign that cardiovascular disease (CVD) may be looming. ED caused by narrowed arteries commonly develops years before any symptoms or problems of CVD, hypertension or diabetes become apparent,” he said.
He said some drugs have side effects, especially hypertensive drugs, which can reduce men’s libido, adding: “This is why some men would experience lack of erection.”
Diabetics, he said, experience impotence or have problem sustaining an erection. “Diabetes affects blood circulation to the extremities of the body, such as the tips of the fingers, toes and male organ. Most impotent people often have a very high blood sugar level. Tests often confirm this,” he said.
People with heart problems, he said, are also susceptible to poor libido.
According to him, this is because the heart pumps the blood to the body. “When the heart cannot perform its functions effectively, there would be problems with other parts of the body,” he said.
Popoola said people, who have Parkinson’s disease would not be able to have an erection. Backache, he said, may also not allow them engage in any sexual act because the back is the engine room of sexual intercourse apart from the male genital organ.