Quality of life is a subjective measure but everyone is united in their concerns about health problems. The ageing man can have many concerns to contend with, such as a waning sex drive and the threat of heart problems. Fortunately, these problems are far from inevitable.
Research shows that you can boost your sex drive and reduce your risk of heart disease and other complications by making healthy tweaks to your lifestyle.
Taking natural supplements can help to keep these areas in working order.
One that has garnered the attention of researchers due to its proven health benefits is fenugreek extract.
Fenugreek is a plant that has been used in alternative and Chinese medicine to treat skin conditions and many other diseases but modern science has confirmed its benefits.
How does it protect heart health?
Fenugreek has been shown to control diabetes and cholesterol levels, both of which are precursors to heart disease.
It helps to control diabetes by stabilising blood sugar levels, research suggests.
Crucially, it appears to increase general carbohydrate tolerance in people with type 1 and 2 diabetes.
This is significant because carbs are broken down into blood glucose (sugar) relatively fast – this can send blood sugar levels soaring.
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In one study, people with type 1 diabetes took 50 grams of fenugreek seed powder at lunch and dinner.
After 10 days, participants experienced better blood sugar levels and reductions in total and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Lowering LDL cholesterol plays a key protective role in reducing your risk of heart disease because this type of cholesterol can clog up your arteries.
In another study, people without diabetes took fenugreek. They experienced a 13.4 percent reduction in blood sugar levels four hours after intake.
Supercharging sexual function
Fenugreek supplements have been shown to boost testosterone levels in men.
Testosterone is a sex hormone that plays many important roles in men’s health, such as helping to preserve sexual function and libido, muscle mass, and red blood cell production.
Some studies have found that fenugreek supplements bring beneficial effects, including an increased libido.
One six-week study provided 30 men with 600 mg of fenugreek extract to assess changes in sexual function and libido.
Most participants reported increased strength and improved sexual function.
In an eight-week study, 30 college-aged men performed four sessions of weightlifting per week, with half of them receiving 500 mg of fenugreek per day.
Although the non-supplement group experienced a slight decline in testosterone, the fenugreek group showed an increase.
This group also had a two percent reduction in body fat, the researchers found.