Reason #84 not to be a vegetarian: Meat-eaters have the best sex
Back in August, I wrote a Daily Dose article about a group of people called “vegansexuals.” What sets this oddly named group of people apart from everyone else? They refuse to have sex with meat-eaters.
Yes, you read that right. A person who classifies himself in this category considers the bodies of meat-eaters to be “a graveyard for animals.” One of them was quoted as saying, “I would not want to be intimate with someone whose body is literally made up from the bodies of animals who have died for their sustenance.” As I told the Dose readers, this is quite possibly one of the most outlandish things I’ve ever heard.
But the meat of the issue isn’t that vegans don’t want to have sex with meat-eaters–it’s that they can’t handle being partnered up with someone who actually has a sex drive.
One mineral your sex life can’t live without
The average vegan doesn’t “get it on” nearly as much as we hearty meat-eaters because their diet is lacking in zinc, a key mineral necessary for the production of what makes you want to get it on in the first place. Of course, I’m talking about that all-important hormone, testosterone.
Your pituitary gland releases two hormones, called luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)–both of which are necessary to stimulate the production of testosterone. If you’re not getting enough zinc, your pituitary gland won’t release LH and FSH, and you’ll end up with too little testosterone.
But that’s not all zinc does–it also helps you hold on to testosterone once its produced. Your body has an enzyme called aromatase that converts testosterone into excess estrogen. It’s zinc’s job to inhibit this enzyme–and to help maintain higher levels of testosterone.
One of the reasons men begin to lose their sex drive as they age is because their testosterone to estrogen ratio becomes smaller. In people who are deficient in zinc, that gap narrows long before they reach their golden years.
But even as a proud meat-eater, don’t think you’re in the clear– because if you’re not careful, you could find yourself in the same zinc-deficient, libidoless boat.
Since the best sources of zinc are meat, dairy products, and shellfish, it’s easy to see why your average vegan would be “tired all the time.” Yes, it’s possible to get zinc through non-meat sources like pumpkin seeds and pecans, but they don’t even have enough zinc to reach the USDA’s recommended daily allowance of the nutrient (which, at 11 mg/day, is far too low to begin with).
But making sure you have enough zinc to liven your libido requires more than loading up on sources that are high in the nutrient. You could load up on zinc ’til it’s oozing out of your pores, but if you’re stuffing your face with foods that are known to deplete your stores, the end result will still be the same.
The main libido leeches are sources like whole grains and beans–a double whammy for vegetarians, since those are staples of their deficient, tasteless diets. A diet low in animal protein can have the same result as well. (One more point in meat’s corner!)
I recommend supplementing with zinc every day–just in case–since it’s so vital to the proper functioning of the male reproductive system. Take 25-50 mg.
Of course, zinc isn’t the only factor involved in livening up your love life. Ginseng is known for its desire-boosting capabilities. I recommend taking four to six capsules a day.
To promote circulation, be sure to load up on vitamin E and fish oil. Both are thought to increase blood flow. Try taking 400 I.U.s of vitamin E daily.