224 – Nutritional Support for Male Sexual Health – My Interview with James LaValle

Enhance your libido, performance, stamina and pleasure!

James LaValle

A decrease in men’s testosterone level is a natural function of aging. Symptoms can include feeling excessively fatigued, weaker and depressed. One of the biggest worries faced by men with declining testosterone levels is the possibility that their sexual desire and performance will be affected. According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 30 million American men are affected by erectile dysfunction (ED), a condition marked by the inability to attain or sustain an erection. The odds of developing ED increase with age. About 4 percent of men in their 50s and nearly 17 percent of men in their 60s experience a total inability to achieve an erection. The incidence jumps to 47 percent for men older than 75. But while growing older can create stumbling blocks to a healthy sex life, ED doesn’t need to be an inevitable part of aging.

This is a sensitive subject for most people. Sexual connection is one of the most important human needs. Challenges in this are very concerning for many. For men there is the ED class of drugs. These drugs are expensive and the come with serious potential side effects. And even if drugs are effective for ED, they do not correct any problems which may be contributing factors.

There are many things which can interfere with sexual pleasure. One needs to do a careful and comprehensive look at what could be influencing factors. For an obvious example, there are many medications which can interfere in one way or another. Smoking and alcohol consumption can be a factor. Stress, anger, fear can certainly intrude and make it more difficult to sustain desire and performance. The point is that you have to consider other factors in your life and deal with them as well. A good nutritional product can help, but it cannot fix the other issues that are under your control. Strive to understand what are your influences and make changes where you can.

In this interview with James LaValle, we will discuss some of the issues men face and what are some nutritional considerations. There are numerous nutrients that have been studied for the benefits that support male hormonal health. For the average healthy male, perhaps the most common reason is the gradually decreasing levels of testosterone.  Natural ingredients with a long tradition of use for enhancing male reproductive health, include codonopsis lanceolata, L-citrulline, maca, tribulus terrestris, longjack, zinc, and selenium. These ingredients have been shown in numerous studies to boost testosterone levels, and enhance desire in healthy men. Some of the ingredients have also been clinically shown to increase sperm count while improving sperm motility and semen volume. These nutrients included in a man’s daily routine provides safe and effective support for a healthy sex life.

Codonopsis lanceolata


  • Codonopsis lanceolata is a flowering botanical native to East Asia. According to a study published in the Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, codonopsis increases testosterone levels in men with low serum levels of the hormone. Additionally, it has been found to improve total testosterone levels, support healthy sperm production and accelerate the restoration of reproductive dysfunction.
  • Clinical trials involving men with mild-to-moderate erectile dysfunction report increased nitric oxide levels and improved erectile hardness in more than 50 percent of those taking an L-citrulline supplement.
  • Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a Peruvian herb long used to boost endurance, stamina and sexual virility. It’s also used to stimulate both libido and pelvic blood flow. Earlier clinical trials report that sexual desire among men taking maca improved after just eight weeks of supplementation without affecting testosterone levels.
  • Tribulus terrestris is a proerectile herb shown to significantly increase serum levels of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHA) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels when taken as a supplement. In one of these studies, testosterone levels increased by as much as 52 percent.
  • LongJack (Eurycoma longifolia) appears to directly enhance testosterone production in the testes. It can help release testosterone from sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which enhances bio-availability. Research shows that it can lower SHBG by about 30 percent and increase testosterone levels markedly.
  • Zinc is an essential mineral needed to maintain fertility. A zinc deficiency can manifest itself as impotence and infertility. Numerous studies have found that infertile men have lower levels of zinc in their semen compared to men with normal fertility. Fortunately, several studies have shown that taking zinc supplements can improve sperm count, motility and the physical characteristics of sperm.
  • Selenium is another trace mineral that plays a key role in fertility and sexual desire. A growing number of studies have found that optimal levels of selenium support healthy sperm motility and may increase fertility.

Wakunaga (Kyolic) has created a formula based on the clinical benefits of these nutrients. The supplement is called Lucky 7 and was launched in 2014. Formulated to promote healthy testosterone levels, enhance blood flow and support normal reproductive function, Lucky 7
contains a unique combination of herbs and nutrients designed to work synergistically in a man’s body.
“We are delighted to introduce Lucky 7 as a safe and healthful solution to help boost testosterone levels for optimal male performance,” notes Jay Levy, Director of Sales at Wakunaga of America Co., Ltd. “These seven ingredients work synergistically to help increase energy and performance, build stamina and strength, and stimulate libido and sexual energy.”

About James LaValle, RPh, CCN
James LaValle is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc. He founded and practices at Progressive Medical Center  in Orange County, CA.  LaValle has 27 years of expertise in natural therapeutics application and drug/nutrient depletion issues and uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital. As such he has written hundreds of articles for a variety of industry journals and publications, and has lectured for thousands of healthcare professionals and consumer audiences globally on these topics. He was a founding author of the NHI on Demand database and spearheaded the Lexi Comp databases relating to natural therapeutics.

Jim LaValleHe is author of 16 e books and 20 books and was named one of the “50 Most Influential Pharmacists” by American Druggist magazine and was one of only nine Americans selected to participate in the inaugural Dietary Supplement Education Alliance & Dietary Supplement Information Bureau.


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