Few things come with as much stigma and embarrassment for a man as erectile dysfunction, especially if you happen to not consider yourself “old enough” to be suffering malfunctions “down there”. However, the facts about ED relay that it is altogether more common than is frequently assumed, with over 30 million Americans seeking help for their erectile dysfunction, one in four of whom are under the age of 40.
Everyone is familiar with the legendary name brand pills that can immediately produce raging erections lasting up to four hours in duration, but one need not necessarily run to a doctor to get back in the action: herbs, amino acids, and vitamins have been helping men get hard since well before more recent advances in modern medicine.
We have compiled a list of vitamins to help with boosting an erection and lasting longer in bed.
These vitamins and herbs work by increasing the amount of Nitric Oxide (a neurotransmitter that helps the penis fill with blood) in the body. The following is a list of the best vitamins to take for erectile dysfunction, as well as other natural remedies to rectify a soft situation.
1. Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is a huge risk factor for erectile dysfunction, making males 32% more likely to have trouble getting it up. Crucial for the health of blood vessels, the vitamin keeps blood flow in the body at optimal levels. Not enough vitamin D and the results are felt everywhere from your heart vessels to your package. It is blood filled tissue, after all.
2. Vitamin B3
Known more commonly as niacin, a daily intake of vitamin B3 helps combat ED, especially in men who also have high cholesterol. Niacin reduces inflammation and promotes healthy blood flow, as well as playing a part in the production of sex hormones.
Found in red meat, poultry, and dairy, arginine is an amino acid that elevates blood flow and enlarges blood vessels. Therefore, a diet high in these animal proteins will allow the body to utilize this semi-essential building block for its important use in fighting ED.
As far as an oral supplement is concerned, one might be better served by taking a tablet of its metabolic precursor, L-citrulline. Converted in the body into L-Arginine, L-Citrulline is not expelled as quickly, allowing the amino acid to produce the desired effect within the body.
This supplement, extracted from the bark of an evergreen native to West Africa, was the go-to solution for ED prior to the advent of Viagra and similar medications. While side effects include anxiety and high blood pressure, a combination of Yohimbine and other vitamins to treat depression and erectile dysfunction, included in this list, has been shown to be effective in helping men achieve and maintain their erections.
5. Horny Goat Weed
No, it’s not a strain of medical marijuana. Used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, the isolated extracts found in this herb increase the amount of Nitric Oxide available in the body, creating harder erections and increasing libido in a similar manner to Viagra and other western medications.
For more information on how to last longer in bed and for natural ways to make sex fun and long-lasting, read some of our other blog posts and articles just for men.