|Posted on June 23, 2016 at 5:55 PM|
A little over half of men experience erectile dysfunction. At age 40, about 40 percent struggle with the condition. Standard treatments include pharmaceutical medications, pumps, implants, and surgery but many men prefer natural options, especially African American men. Many natural options are effective at improving symptoms of ED.
A number of different factors can increase your risk of ED. Since attaining an erection involves the brain, hormones, muscles, and blood vessels, a problem with any of these can block the normal functioning of the penis. Some common causes of ED include: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, multiple sclerosis and alcohol and tobacco use. In fact 72% of men diagnosed with alcohol dependence were also diagnosed with sexual dysfunction.
Standard treatments for ED include lifestyle changes, such as exercising, losing weight, stopping smoking, or curbing alcohol intake. Medications like Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra increase blood flow to the penis, but the side effects are troubling.
There are many natural solutions. The most popular one is Panax Ginseng called the “herbal Viagra,” has solid research behind it. Men with ED are more likely to have low levels of DHEA. DHEA is a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands that can be converted to both estrogen and testosterone. Adding a DHEA supplement to your diet can show significant improvement.
ED sufferers may also want to add L-arginine to your daily routine. L-arginine is an amino acid naturally present in the body that helps make nitric oxide which relaxes blood vessels to support a successful erection.
Other alternative therapies thought to help ED may include zinc supplements (especially for men who are low in zinc), the herb ashwagandha (also called Indian ginseng), and gingko. ED is a common condition that is very treatable, and with some trial and error, you’re likely to find what works for you and your partner..