Can You Treat ED with Vitamins and Natural ED Supplements?

Not really

...but some herbal supplements and vitamins can help. A little.

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Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

Natural ED Supplements Don’t Fix the Problem

Some natural supplements have been shown to increase nitric oxide levels and increase blood flow to the penis. But there are no true natural alternatives to prescription ED medication (prescription ED medication isn’t right for everyone. See this IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION for Viagra). But healthy food and (some) vitamins and supplements can improve your overall health and blood flow. And anything that improves blood flow can treat some of the potential underlying causes of erectile dysfunction (as well as making you healthier).

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Citrulline & L-arginine

Watermelon, lemons, and pomegranates contain L-citrulline, which you use to make arginine. Arginine goes on to make nitric oxide, which helps relax blood vessels in the penis helping cause an erection. Most men do not need to take L-arginine supplements since it’s found in everyday foods like red meat, poultry, dairy, and fish.

The efficacy of arginine supplements is arguable since it may break down too quickly for your body to use and L-arginine deficiency doesn’t usually cause ED.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with:

In one study, men with a Vitamin D deficiency were nearly 33% more likely to have ED. But you don’t need that much sun exposure to get a healthy amount of Vitamin D. As little as 15–20 minutes a day is enough. Taking Vitamin D is a good idea, especially if you are over 65. Vitamin D can also help if you’re obese or dark-skinned (dark skin limits the amount of Vitamin D you naturally, produce)

If you’re under 70, the recommended daily dose of Vitamin D is 600 IU (International Units). It’s  800 IU/day for people 70 and up. A little regular sun exposure and eating fatty fish and dairy products fortified with Vitamin D can also help.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

There’s some evidence that niacin (B3) can help treat ED by increasing blood flow. But too much niacin can cause problems like:

Turkey, chicken breast, tuna, grass-fed beef, liver, peas, mushrooms, and peanuts all contain niacin. Aspirin can help alleviate flushing. Avoid alcohol if you’re taking B3 supplements.

Folic Acid (Vitamin B12)

Folic acid is another B Vitamin that helps produce nitric oxide. In one study, men with severe and moderate ED (but not mild ED) had low levels of folic acid. In men with moderate to severe ED, folic acid supplements can help. You can get folic acid from oranges, leafy green vegetables, bread and grains, cereals, pasta, rice, and beans.

Natural ED supplements are a nice way to boost your overall health. But their impact on erectile dysfunction is limited at best. Talk to a doctor about prescription erectile dysfunction medication and start treating the underlying causes of erectile dysfunction.

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