Herbs and Minerals To Help Combat Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is no fun for anyone – not for you, not for your partner. The good news is there are a lot of ways to relieve ED symptoms! Here are a few more unconventional treatments that you can use to supplement your diet (but as always, talk to your doctor before you try to make major changes).
We have more extensive articles on the power of horny goat weed, one of Phalpro’s active ingredients, elsewhere on our blog, but suffice to say it’s a great help in the bedroom. Epimedium naturally blocks an enzyme that restricts blood flow to the penis, just like Viagra or Cialis do, but without the same scary list of side effects (or price tag!). It’s been a staple of Chinese sexual health treatments for centuries for a good reason!
Another popular herbal remedy in China, ginseng helps your body adapt to better cope with stress. When your life is extra stressful, your overall energy levels, and especially your libido, tank, so anything that’ll help you relax some is a good boost. If you have trouble sleeping or (more rarely) experience an increase in blood pressure, try using less ginseng and see if that helps.
This berry is just as essential to Chinese medicine as ginseng, if less well-known in the West. Like ginseng, schisandra helps relax the body and ease stress, making it easier to get in the mood. People who have used it have also reported relief from sexual fatigue, higher production of sexual fluids, and greater stamina in the bedroom.
Another popular herb in Chinese medicine that’s made the crossover to the West, gingko helps promote healthy blood flow throughout the body. Since erections are achieved by blood flowing into the penis, improving your overall circulation will most likely give you a boost in the bedroom.
Made from tree roots found in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, tongkat ali is believed to increase testosterone production – and if you’re having libido trouble, producing more of a primary sexual hormone will certainly help! In addition to increasing your sex drive and performance ability, testosterone turns fat into lean muscle mass and helps maintain heart health. If tongkat ali becomes part of your daily regimen and you experience insomnia, restlessness, or increased anxiety, lower your dose.
Taking a little saw palmetto can help slow the bodily process of breaking down testosterone into DHT. When your body has more usable testosterone at its disposal, your libido and sexual performance are likely to improve, and it becomes easier to get and hold an erection.
A favorite of Chinese and Indian medicine for centuries and a popular non-steroid performance booster for many professional athletes, Tribulus boosts your body’s production of nitric oxide, which can help you get and maintain an erection regardless of testosterone. However, not much is known about how Tribulus works from a scientific standpoint.
It may also be worth examining your mineral intake, and adjusting it if necessary; there are many factors that can contribute to ED, and mineral deficiency of one kind or another can make a world of difference. Zinc, stored in high concentrations in the prostate gland, helps regulate testosterone production and sperm development. Magnesium, while only present in the body in trace amounts, is important to the production of a number of libido-regulating hormones, including androgen and estrogen. Selenium is necessary for a proper sperm count; almost 50 percent of the selenium in a man’s body is in his testicles and semen ducts. Calcium gives your vascular system a boost, and may work in concert with other vitamins and minerals to make conventional ED treatments more effective.