Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a sexual dysfunction characterized by inability to achieve or maintain normal erection. There are various causes of ED, including decreased blood flow to the penis, hormonal problems, medication and psychological factors. Conventional therapy includes drugs, various devices and psychotherapy. Some vitamins and minerals may also help improve erectile dysfunctions, however if you consider taking supplements you should consult with your doctor first.
Vitamin E enhances the effects of some conventional drugs used for erectile dysfunctions,
according to a small study published in December 2008 issue of “The Aging Male.” The authors
found that the majority of the participants who did not respond well to standard therapy alone
experienced increased rigidity of the penis when adding 300 mg of vitamin E daily.
Supplementation with vitamin E may help individuals with sexual dysfunction because it also supports the production of hormones, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Diabetes may affect the nerves, including those of the penis,therefore diabetics commonly
experience erectile dysfunctions. A randomized, double blind placebo controlled study featured
in September 2006 issue of “European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences”
evaluated the benefits of using folic acid and myoinositol, another vitamin-like nutrient. Almost
200 participants were diagnosed with diabetes and ED and a 400 mcg dose of folic acid was used
daily during the study.
As a conclusion, Myo-inositol/folic acid combination deserves consideration as therapeutic agent for preventing and treating erectile dysfunction in diabetic men.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin, and therefore helps to prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals. It may also help to improve symptoms of sexual dysfunctions in both men and women because it improves the blood flow in the genital area, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Calcium, along with folic acid, Vitamin B6, E and C, may have therapeutic effects in ED, indicates a research study from December 2010 issue of “ Fertility and Sterility”. The scientists found thatall these nutrients positively influence some vascular factors and consequently improve erectile dysfunction. The study also suggests that this combination of vitamins and minerals may help conventional drugs used for ED to enhance more vascular supply for erectile organ.
Because erectile dysfunction could be a side effect of prescription drugs or a symptom of other
health problems, check your doctor before you take any nutritional supplement!
Alternative medicine practitioners believe that there are dietary and other natural measures that men can take to restore the ability to achieve erections. For beginners, experts suggest that you get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise several days a week. Improving your heart health will boost your sexual virility.
Experts also say that you should eat a low-fat diet, including lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Moreover, they say that men who smoke will just have to quit. Puffing just two cigarettes a day causes blood vessels throughout your entire body to constrict, reducing blood flow to the penis.
Alcohol, smoking, marijuana and definitely heavy metal intoxication from environmental intoxication are another roadblocks to non-satisfying sex.
Once you’ve adopted these changes, some practitioners believe that a combination of nutritional supplements can speed your progress toward sexual health and that certain herbs are potent enough to dramatically increase blood flow to the sexual organs.
Erectile dysfunction supplements and other natural remedies have long been used in Chinese, African and other cultures. But unlike prescription medications for erectile dysfunction, such as sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn), tadalafil (Cialis) and avanafil (Stendra), erectile dysfunction herbs and supplements haven't been well-studied or tested. Some can cause side effects or interact with other medications. And the amount of the active ingredient can vary greatly from product to product.
How to spot mineral deficiencies?
If you suspect mineral deficiency, or want to know more about your mineral levels in your body, a tissue analysis (Oligoscan) provided by my clinic could be done in a non-invasive technique. It is relatively an inexpensive way to access a wealth of information about the minerals in your body.
List of male aphrodisiacs, herbs, and vitamins:
- Fava Bean
- Vitamin E
- Fish Oil/Fatty Acid
- Gingko Biloba
- Ginseng (Panax, Korean Red)
- L- arginine
- Oat straw
- Vitamin C
- Potency Wood
- Saw Palmetto, Selenium
- Vitamin A(Beta-carotene)