Vitamins for Erectile Strength
Erectile Dysfunction(ED) is a common health condition associated with men and their reproductive organs. It can be caused by different things, mainly when your body cannot produce enough Nitric oxide (NO) to get and maintain an erection. Nitric oxide is a neurotransmitter produced in nerve tissue. Certain vitamins, amino acids, and supplements have been used to treat this treat this condition and improve general well-being.
Medications like Sildenafil, Tadalafil, and its supplements have been shown to increase production of Nitric Oxide and blood flow to the male genital. Anything that increases blood levels can be used to treat some causes of erectile dysfunction.
Many patients can not take ed pills because it is not suitable in theri body. However, there are no natural alternatives to erectile dysfunction medications, but healthy foods and certain vitamins also help in blood flow, proper body functioning and overall well-being.
Before you make any addition to your daily routine, ensure to seek advice from your doctor to avoid drug interactions and risk of other health problems, including heart diseases.
Some of these vitamins that are good in the treatment of erectile dysfunction include:
- L-Arginine & Citrulline
L-arginine is an important amino acid found in fish, poultry, red meat, and other dairy products which functions as a key building block for nitric oxide. This amino acid, arginine helps expand blood vessels, relax blood vessels in the penis causing an erection and increase blood flow in the body. L-citrulline is a better option in the treatment of ED.
This L-citrulline which can be used in making arginine can be found in lemons, watermelons, and pomegranates.
The problem in treating erectile dysfunction; however using citrulline and arginine supplements is that the deficiency of this L-arginine does not result in erectile dysfunction.
Most men, however, have this amino acid L-arginine in large quantity since it can be found in everyday foods (poultry, red meat and dairy products). It is asserted that L-arginine supplements metabolize too fast for you even to use.
- Vitamin D
Research highlights a significant connection between vitamin D deficiency and erectile dysfunction.
This sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is vital to keep the epithelial cells lining blood vessels healthy. Insufficient supply of this inhibits blood flow, affecting your body, from your heart to your Johnson.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with Weak bones, Heart disease, Diabetes, cancers, even erectile dysfunction. Men with a Vitamin D deficiency are more likely to have Erectile Dysfunction.
You, however, don’t need too much sun exposure to get a healthy amount of Vitamin D, 15-20 minutes a day is enough.
Little sun exposure and enough intakes of fatty foods and dairy products that are vitamin D fortified are also essential. 600IU/day is recommended daily dose for people under 70 while 800IU/day is for people above 70.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B also known as niacin helps in treating erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.
Niacin taken daily boosts erection, especially in men with high levels of cholesterol. Vitamin B3 supplies sex hormones and some chemical signal molecules.
Niacin taken with propionyl, L-carnitine, and L-arginine for three months improved 40% of erections. Vitamin B (niacin) is contained in tuna, chicken breast, turkey, liver, peas, mushroom, and peanuts.
When taking vitamin B3 supplements, avoid alcohol. Too much niacin, however, can result in problems like increased risk of stroke, uncomfortable flushing and Gout Ulcers Arrhythmias.
- Folic Acid (Vitamin B12)
Vitamin B (Folic acid) is another vitamin that aids in the production of nitric acid. Studies have proven that men with moderate/severe erectile dysfunction had low levels of folic acid than men without the problem.
This B vitamin stimulates nitric oxide, an absence leading to the absence of an erection.
Folic acid supplements can help men with moderate cases of erectile dysfunction. Folic acid can be gotten from oranges, bread and grains, cereals, pasta, leafy green vegetables, rice, and beans.
Boosting your overall health using these natural erectile dysfunction supplements is nice, but its impact is limited at best. Seek medical advice on prescription erectile dysfunction medication and treat the main causes of erectile dysfunction
Other supplements/ herbs include:
Yohimbe originates from West Africa and is gotten from the bark of an evergreen tree.
Yohimbe was used prior to the introduction of Viagra. It blocks off some key neurotransmitters in the brain and boosts nitric oxide release within the cavernosal nerves.
Yohimbe and L-arginine help men attain an erection. However, Yohimbe also has side effects which include elevated blood pressure and anxiety. Before you start taking it, consult your doctor.
- Panax Ginseng
Panax Ginseng considered an aphrodisiac by the Chinese, does not just revive your engine but improves performance in the bedroom, making for harder, longer-lasting erections and increased testosterone levels.
Ginseng works by dilating the muscles around the penis and increases the pressure within the cavernosal nerves. It’s a very effective herb for erectile dysfunction treatment.
- Horny Goat Weed
Horny Goat weed botanically known as epimedium is a herb that has been used by the Chinese for centuries to treat ED and low libido among other things. It works similar to the way Viagra does.
- Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo has a long history with the Chinese as it is used to enhance blood flow and oxygenation of the brain.
The herb is very potent for ED issues caused as a result of complications from other medications.
Ginkgo biloba is believed to be 76% effective in handling sexual dysfunction initiated by antidepressants.
Gingko works by counteracting the condition of sexual dysfunction that is caused by certain antidepressants. It blocks the activity of the enzyme serotonin in the erectile centers of the brain, eventually leading to bioavailability of nitric oxide and better synthesis.Last updated by Dr. Kishan P on July 14, 2021