The likelihood of developing erectile dysfunction increases significantly with age, but this is not only an old man’s disease because it also affects middle-aged and younger men as well.
Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, often as the first move, reach out for the “little blue pill.” But this is not a perfect solution because there are a lot of effective natural remedies for erectile dysfunction.
In rare cases, these side effects can be much worse than just an inconvenience. In one study at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, researchers analyzed 1,473 adverse medical events involving Viagra. They included 522 deaths, mostly due to cardiovascular causes. (3)
According to Dr. Kaul, the study’s senior author, the majority of deaths were associated with 50 mg. of Viagra. The men typically died within four to five hours of taking this standard dose. And the majority of deaths were in men under 65 years who had no reported cardiac risk factors. The researchers concluded that it seems that a high number of serious cardiovascular events and deaths is associated with the use of Viagra.
Natural Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction
Studies show that natural remedies are just as efficient as pharmaceuticals. Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and other erectile dysfunction medications dilate blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow to the penis.
The good news is that natural remedies can achieve the same thing.
These four supplements can provide men with a natural and safe sexual boost:
Pycnogenol and L-arginine
Pycnogenol is derived from the pine bark of a tree known as Pinus pinaster. It improves blood circulation. Read more about Pine Bark Extract Benefits for Heart, Skin, Diabetes.
L-arginine is an amino acid and it increases nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide increases vasodilation and improves the flexibility of the artery walls, which helps erections. (4)
Researchers in a study published in the Journal of Sexual and Marital Therapy tested a combination of these two supplements on 40 erectile dysfunction sufferers. Over 90% of the subjects after three months, no longer had ED. The most common side effect among these subjects was stomach discomfort.
Study participants took 40 mg of pycnogenol two times a day and 1.7 grams of L-arginine once a day.(5)
Both supplements are widely available online and in health food stores.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a natural hormone which is produced by the adrenal glands. The body converts it to testosterone. Man as they age, produce less DHEA. By the age of 60, their DHEA production is only 5-15% as they did at the age of 20.
Studies show that DHEA supplements improve energy levels and sexual function. Several studies have found it increases sexual performance. One of these studies was published in the journal Urology. (6)
Most men taking the dosage of 50 mg once a day report no side effects. The most common side effect is acne.
Red ginseng similarly as L-arginine promotes the production of nitric oxide.
Several studies have shown it reduces ED.
One study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research divided 119 men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction into two groups. One of the groups took a placebo. The other group took 350 mg of red ginseng four times a day. After eight weeks, those who took red ginseng experienced significantly better sexual performance. Those who took placebo showed no improvement. The most commonly reported side effect was insomnia. (7)
Even the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends the use of red ginseng for ED. (8)
Ginko Biloba has been used for thousands of years to treat dementia and anxiety. It dilates blood vessels, which promotes blood flow.
Researchers at the Columbia University found that it was particularly helpful for men who are on antidepressant drugs and suffering from ED as a side effect. The typical dose is 200 to 240 mg of ginkgo a day. (9)
Men who take blood thinners should be careful and look for another natural treatment. This is because when combined with anti-clotting drugs ginkgo can increase bleeding.