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How Vitamins Help Prevent And Treat Erectile Dysfunction

May 31, 2008
Erectile dysfunction is a condition which has reportedly effected between 10 and 30 million men in the United States.

Erectile dysfunction, sometimes referred to as impotence, is usually defined as the inability of a male to obtain or sustain an erection sufficiently enough to perform sexual intercourse.

Almost every man will face a problem at some point in their life to achieve an erection. This can be caused by stress, fatigue, recreational or prescription drug use, excessive alcohol consumption or in some cases even lack of desire.

These occasional difficulties should not raise concerns, however if the problem should become persistent, it is then considered erectile dysfunction or ED.

The basic cause of ED is something that affects the events which prompt the penis to engorge with blood and maintain it this way. There are several common diseases which can have an effect on this process which include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or hardening of the arteries. Smoking can also increase the occurance of ED.

There are several supplements that can provide the nutritional support that many men effected by ED are missing. It is important to consult with a physician or dietician before taking any supplement since they could have side effects with other medicine you might be taking. The following supplement and dosage levels have been shown to assist men experiencing ED:

Bioflavonoids - It is recommend that 1000 mg daily be taken daily.

Flaxseed meal - You should grind 2-4 tablespoons daily and sprinkle on food. Flaxseed meal is a the best choice since it is more natural and has a higher fiber, lignan, and vitamin content, however flaxseed oil (1 tbsp daily) can be substituted.

Inositol hexaniacinate - It is recommended that a man take 1000-3000 mg daily. This supplement has been shown to improve circulation, while also lower cholesterol. A warning to diabetics, you should not take this supplement.

Selenium - 200 mcg daily is the recommend daily dose.

Vitamin C - It is recommended that you take 1000 mg 3 times a day. These should be taken at meal time.

Vitamin E - The daily recommended dose is 400 IUs.

Zinc - A daily dose of 30 mg is recommended.

Certain herbal medicines have also shown success in treating erectile dysfunction. The benefit of herbal medicines is that they usually do not have any significant side effects when they are use appropriately and within recommended limits.

Some herbal treatments can cause stomach discomfort or headaches, but these usually pass with time as the body adjusts to the treatment. Due to this possible effect, it is recommended that only high quality products be used. Also, as with any other type of medicine, more is not always better and overdosing on herbal medicines can have the same effects as traditional medicine; these being serious illness or death.

Herbs that have shown success in treatment of erectile dysfunction include:

Asian ginseng - This is the traditional medicine for male impotence.

Damiana - Traditionally used as an aphrodisiac and for various sexual disorders.

Ginkgo biloba - This has shown success in increases arterial blood flow.

Muira puama - A new herb now being used to treat erectile dysfunction.
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