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Natural Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction
- ED, as erectile dysfunction is sometimes called, has a number of potential causes and is most commonly found in men over the age of 50. However, it can strike at any age.
- Supplements to lower cholesterol, improve heart health and increase blood circulation can help.
For men, one of the most disturbing health problems is erectile dysfunction. While, the problem is not life-threatening, it does take away from a man’s quality of life. Plus, it can interfere with the intimacy in his marriage and can reduce his overall confidence. ED, as erectile dysfunction is sometimes called, has a number of potential causes and is most commonly found in men over the age of 50. However, it can strike at any age. Thankfully, some natural treatments are now available to help with this condition.
Understanding the Causes of ED
As mentioned above ED is caused by a wide range of different problems. With younger men, the most common cause is psychological. They may be feeling stressed or pressured to perform which could interfere with the brain’s sending of the right messages to instigate arousal and erection. For older men, the problem generally stems from health issues. A number of commonly prescribed medications for high blood pressure and other health conditions can lead to difficulties achieving and maintaining erections.
More often than not the real cause of the problem is related to other health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. For example, atherosclerosis which develops as cholesterol starts building up on the inner walls of the arteries can restrict blood flow which can make it difficult for enough blood to reach the penis.
While a number of medications are on the market and are on being sold on television to help patients improve blood flow to the genitals, some of them have side effects. For example, men who are already taking heart pills may not be able to take Viagra because of dangerous interactions. That’s why more people who need help with ED are looking for natural remedies.
One area which may hold some promise for ED sufferers is the supplement market. Non-diabetics can consider taking inositol hexaniacinate which has been shown to improve overall blood flow while also lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Other supplements that can help improve the condition are bioflavonoids, flaxseed, selenium, and Vitamin C and E. Approximately, 30 milligrams of zinc per day is also recommended.
Herbs, such as damiana and muira puama, can sometimes work to increase a man’s libido and make him more sexually interested. This can be useful for men who are dealing with psychologically-based ED but may have little impact on other sufferers. After all, most of them want to perform but are unable to do so.
Improve Your Health
If you have health-related erectile dysfunction, one of the best methods for improving your situation is improving your health. For example, obesity is one of the leading causes of ED so by dropping weight, your body won’t have to work as hard to pump the blood through your body and you should be better able to achieve an erection. Lowering your blood pressure is also going to help with the blood flow. Almost half of all men who have diabetes also suffer from erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives, so preventing this problem and/or keeping blood sugar levels under control can be useful.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|ED Problems13 Jan 2009|