7 ED Supplements to Overcome Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms
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There are 7 natural supplements for erectile dysfunction that are alternatives to synthetic pharmaceuticals, and all of these are proven to work with multiple scientific studies. Use them strategically while also doing the things in this book to optimize your overall hormonal and vascular health and I can guarantee you that you’re not going to need any pharmaceutical aids after that.
Ginseng is a great erectile dysfunction supplement.Ginseng has been titled as the “natural Viagra” due to its impressive results in multiple scientific trials, and while I can guarantee you that ginseng is nowhere near as potent as synthetic Viagra is, the benefit is that it’s all natural, costs just a fraction of the price, and actually works unlike many other natural erectile dysfunction supplements out there.
The roots of ginseng are best known as “adaptogens,” a blanket term coined by the scientist in Soviet Russia for identifying compounds that can promote the body to adapt into stressful situations and maintain the homeostasis naturally by balancing stress and steroid hormones. The theorized reasoning for these eﬀects is often claimed to be the high amount of phytonutrients (mainly ginsenosides) and antioxidants found in the roots.
While the evidence on ginseng’s ability to increase testosterone levels is mixed (raising the hormone on infertile men, (809) but not on men with no infertility), (810) the research behind its erection promoting eﬀects is stronger than a steel pipe.
Pycnogenol is a great supplement for erectile dysfunction.
Pycnogenol is a patented water-extract of the bark of the French maritime pine tree. It’s standardized to contain 65-75% procyanidin, which is a compound known to stimulate nitric oxide synthesis (815) and therefore greatly increase vascular health and blood flow.
And that is the mechanism of how pycnogenol works as an erectile dysfunction supplement. It is used to improve erection strength and the promotion of arterial relaxation with a boost in nitric oxide.
Garlic Extract + Vitamin C
Garlic extract and vitamin C increase erection quality. Both garlic and vitamin C have been studied for their eﬀects in promoting blood flow, reducing inflammation, and dropping blood-pressure. In fact, garlic is often more potent at relieving high blood-pressure than pharmaceutical solutions. (820)
The thing that many people don’t know, is that when you combine vitamin C with garlic extract, you can expect massive improvements in your circulation due to elevated nitric oxide production.
Citrulline or Arginine
Arginine is an amino acid that acts as a precursor to nitric oxide, citrulline on the other hand is also an amino acid (found in watermelons for example), which naturally converts to arginine in the kidneys.
For these reasons both are generously used in pre-workout supplements to increase “pump” of the muscles and improve blood flow.
Horse Chestnut Extract
Horse chestnut extract can be used to cure erectile dysfunctionHorse Chestnut Extract (HSE) is often standardized to 10-20% of the active ingredient escin, which has been found to be extremely beneficial for vascular health.
The mechanism at which horse chestnut extract improves erection quality is two-fold. Firstly its able to increase nitric oxide levels, and secondly it improves the function of the “vascular valves” and thus prevents and relieves the formation of varicoceles (half-blocked veins with poor valve function leading to testicles and thus impairing testosterone production).
The latter mechanism of HSE is particularly interesting due to the fact that roughly 20% of men have varicose veins in their testicles, sometimes noticeable, but often so mild that they go unnoticed. These veins can be surgically operated, but so far escin (the active compound in horse chest nuts) has been identified as the only compound that has proven research backing up its use as a natural varicocele treatment.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seeds are often extracted to get a standardized amount of the active ingredient; procyanidin. It’s the same nitric oxide stimulating compound that can be found in pycnogenol.
Aside from increasing nitric oxide, grape seed extract (GSE) has been found to inhibit the activity of the aromatase enzyme, (833) which is an enzyme that converts testosterone molecules into estrogen.
The mechanism of action in grape seed extract makes it a great erectile dysfunction supplement as it can benefit erectile health by boosting nitric oxide and preserving testosterone.
Icariin is the active ingredient found in a herb called horn-y goat wee (epidemium). There’s research showing that it can act similarly to a testosterone mimetic in the body while also increase nitric oxide output and serving as a PDE-inhibitor.