There’s one thing that can literally kill your mood in the bedroom, and that’s the inability to get a full-on hard-on. At the time, you may think that you’re the only one in the world suffering from such a devastating blow (or should we say low blow), but research indicates that the condition is much more widespread than you think.
In America alone, over 30 million men suffer from erectile dysfunction. Given the fact that most people are too embarrassed to discuss these problems with their doctor, we say the number is much higher than that. But let’s go with the statistics we have for now.
From the men, if you do seek treatment, a quarter of them are below the age of 40 according to the Journal of sexual medicine. A famous diamond-shaped blue pill usually fixes the problem for most, but you don’t need to undergo the embarrassment of receiving the prescription to save your Stiffy.
There are various causes of erectile dysfunction (ED), but there is one thing that is common, that is the body needs an abundant supply of nitric oxide (NO), which is a neurotransmitter that plays a huge role in the ability to maintain an erection.
The nerve tissues are responsible for the production of NO, which through relaxing the smooth muscle, jolts your Johnson into gear so that blood fills the penis. Once the initial release of NO has taken place, a cascade mechanism is initiated which consequently releases various other neurotransmitters that are required to keep your todger throbbing.
Erectile dysfunction problems become manifest when there is a decline in NO or because the body is not able to produce sufficient amounts of it in order to maintain your erection. Viagra and similar prescription drugs in our times are used to counteract this problem. But, what do you think we were using before this blue colored pill came about?
That’s right, natural herbs, vitamins, and amino acids were used to supplement our bodies with the essential nutrients to keep the Nitric Oxide flowing better.
Although many of the supplements, herbs, and vitamins will be mentioning are all-natural, sometimes they interact with other medicines that you may be taking. It is essential to consult with your doctor before taking any new vitamins or supplements on a daily basis, especially if you are having treatment for other conditions.
It is also important to get yourself checked out if you suffer from erectile dysfunction because commonly these conditions are a result of more severe underlying diseases such as heart disease.
L-arginine is readily available from most health shops and even supermarkets, and it is somewhat inexpensive. It is an amino acid that is present in red meat, poultry, fish and even dairy products. L-arginine works by dilating the blood vessels and widening them so that they can accommodate more blood flow.
Dr. Harry Fisch, a professor of urology and reproductive medicine, explains that the body uses L-arginine as a precursor for the formation of Nitric Oxide.
Another doctor, maybe even a more established professor at Yale University called Dr. Charles Walker, states that the research on the effects and workings of L-arginine is relatively unknown. Especially with regards to erectile dysfunction as the study is not conclusive and rather slim.
Because L-arginine is exceptionally safe, has zero to no side effects and impressive benefits on heart health, we see absolutely no reason why it should not be implemented as part of a healthy diet. Dr. Charles Walker also mentions that when L-arginine is coupled with the other natural vitamins and herbs in this list, the results show more promise and become more efficient.
Remember when we mentioned the mechanism and the cascade? Well, if you want you can always take a step back in the chain reaction and decide to opt for L-citrulline instead of L-arginine. That’s because your body converts L-arginine into nitric oxide, which is good but the downside is that it is metabolized far too quickly when taken in the oral form.
L-citrulline is converted into L-arginine which then is converted to nitric oxide. But this will result in a more steady metabolism and still follows the same metabolic pathway to treat erectile dysfunction.
The effectiveness of L-arginine and L-citrulline makes it a primary ingredient in male enhancement supplements such as VigRX Plus, Male Extra, and ProSolution Plus Pills. These contain other various herbs and vitamins which have much scientific research done on them, which proves the efficacy of such supplements. You could always opt for one of them instead of having to bog yourself down when rooting for each of the vitamins on this list individually.
It makes life easier, don’t you think?
2. Vitamin D
Johns Hopkins University recently took 3400 American men and used them as guinea pigs. They found that men who were deficient in vitamin D were just under a third more likely to have erection problems than men who had an adequate amount of vitamin D in their bodies.
Dr. Walker also stated that he would commonly check for vitamin D levels in all of his male patients, especially those who are suffering from ED. Why may you ask?
Good question. The answer is that the sunshine vitamin plays a massive role in keeping the endothelial cells healthy (these are the ones that are lining blood vessels, organs, etc.). Therefore, vitamin D is not only essential for your erections, but it is vital to keep the rest of your body functioning correctly.
Yohimbine has a history, a long history and it was the go-to Herb of past times to treat faulty Johnsons long before drugs like Viagra were even discovered. Yohimbine is the name given to the bark from the West African evergreen tree.
Yohimbine works by doing two things simultaneously, firstly it blocks particular neurotransmitters in the brain, and secondly, it increases the production and release of nitric oxide in the nerves present within the cavernosa in the penis.
The other thing is that drug interactions with prescription drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are nonexistent and it pairs with them in a friendly manner. The Iranian Journal of Psychiatry found that when yohimbine and L-arginine were used at the same time they had powerful effects on helping guys get it up and keep it up.
ExtenZe is a popular male enhancement supplement which many of you have probably heard of. It is one of the only supplements that contain yohimbine, and that is why it is so fast acting in comparison to other male enhancement pills on the market.
It works pretty much just as good as Viagra and the likes without all of the negative side effects and adverse complications that accompany prescription medication.
4. Horny Goat Weed
Horny Goat Weed sounds like it’s going to help with libido, but in fact, it improves erection quality. Initially, the stories and rumors have it that a farmer discovered that his goats were becoming increasingly Randy after they had been eating this crop. But we do not know the credibility of this story.
The scientific name for it is Epimedium, and it is a Herb that has been known to the ancient Chinese civilizations for centuries. They have used it to treat sexual inabilities like low libido and erectile dysfunction.
Research shows that isolated Icariin when extracted from Epimedium, increases nitric oxide synthase and inhibits phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE – 5) which in layman’s terms improves erectile function. It worked so well in fact that Viagra works using the same drug pathway. But, we think Horny Goat Weed sounds better than Viagra, don’t you?
5. Niacin (Vitamin B3)
For men with high cholesterol levels – a supplementation of a daily dose of niacin improves erectile function. Well, that’s at least what studies have suggested. Vitamin B3 increases blood flow and reduces inflammation. Inflammation is an underlying cause of all erectile dysfunction and high cholesterol.
Vitamin B3 aids in the synthesis of male sex hormones and the effectiveness can be multiplied many folds when it is taken as part of a concoction and a cocktail including many of the other supplements and vitamins and herbs mentioned on this list.
6. Panax Ginseng
The Chinese have considered Panax ginseng to be a potent aphrodisiac, but studies in South Korea show that the effects and uses are multiple. It being an aphrodisiac is just one of them but helping men to last longer in bed and improving their performance is another.
Ginseng will make your erections harder and more longer-lasting, so for that reason, it should be used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, and that’s why it is a common ingredient in leading male enhancement supplements such as VigRX Plus, Male Extra, and ProSolution Plus Pills.
Panax ginseng relaxes the smooth muscles of the penis, increases dopamine levels and helps with nitric oxide synthesis by increasing the pressure in the covenantal nerves of the penis. Try it, and you will see…
7. Folic Acid
Recent findings from a Turkish study indicated that men who had severe or moderate levels of ED were also deficient in folic acid levels when compared to guys who are not suffering from ED.
Folic acid is another B vitamin, and as you have already guessed – yes – it stimulates nitric oxide. Have you noticed a trend yet?
8. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo Biloba has been used for centuries by the Chinese. Is there anything that they haven’t discovered before us? It was used to improve blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain.
In humans, there are not very many studies done on its effects on erectile dysfunction, but on rats, it has shown to make their dicks harder. How good is that to know? It does this by increasing dopamine levels in their brains.
Ginkgo Biloba is particularly useful for those people who are experiencing erectile dysfunction due to taking antidepressant medications. Ginkgo helps to counteract the effects of these side effects caused by SSRIs. Again, ultimately resulting in increasing the synthesis and bioavailability of nitric oxide.