4 Vitamins For Erectile Dysfunction

4 Vitamins For Erectile Dysfunction

Can vitamins treat erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects millions of people across the U.S. every year. If you’ve had difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, you’ve probably seen the ads for herbs and supplements promising to boost sexual performance and wondered, “Could they work for me?” The most effective and proven treatments are prescription medications (like Viagra), and lifestyle changes such as weight loss and reduced alcohol consumption. However, if supplements are more your thing, there are some vitamins for erectile dysfunction that you can try.

Which vitamins may help with erectile dysfunction?

These vitamins for erectile dysfunction may help alleviate symptoms:

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

Vitamin D

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Vitamin C

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

Studies looking at heart disease have shown that daily folic acid supplements can reduce the hardening of arteries and allow for better circulation.

Because cardiovascular disease can be a major risk factor in sexual dysfunction, some experts believe that improving heart function with vitamin B9 could also help improve erectile function. After all, good blood flow and circulation to the penis are essential for achieving and maintaining an erection.

A daily dose of folic acid may also act as a mood stabilizer and may help both stress-related erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation during sexual intercourse. However, more research is necessary to really understand its efficacy.

Vitamin D

Multiple studies have shown that a large number of people who experience erectile dysfunction are also vitamin D deficient. A recent 2018 study went a step further to suggest that achieving healthy levels of vitamin D could improve testosterone levels, thereby increasing erectile function.

Additional research is needed to understand how effective vitamin D is when used to treat ED. But, even if a vitamin D deficiency does not directly cause erectile dysfunction, there are plenty of benefits to this supplement. If you are deficient, upping your vitamin D intake can help foster a healthy immune system and support bone health.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Vitamin B3, otherwise known as niacin, is one of the few vitamins with promising research some efficacy in boosting erectile function. That said, the sample size of the existing studies has been very small. Research with larger sample sizes is required.

Niacin is known to help decrease high blood pressure, and is sometimes used to treat hardening of the arteries and high cholesterol, all of which are known causes of impotence. If these health problems are the underlying cause of your ED, niacin may help increase circulation to your penis so you can achieve an erection.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

In order to get an erection, your body needs to release nitric oxide. Vitamin C does not release nitric oxide directly, but it can support the biochemical pathways necessary for its release.

There is no evidence that vitamin C is effective at improving erectile dysfunction. But there are many other reported benefits of getting enough vitamin C. It’s necessary for the growth, repair, and development of all body tissues. In other words, the risk of trying it is low. At the very least, it will help boost your immune system.

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