Erectile dysfunction is also often abbreviated as ED, and another common term for it is “impotence.” The issue becomes more prevalent as men get older and it is an issue which quite a few individuals must deal with. When a man cannot achieve an erection or maintain it during sexual performance, and the problem has lasted for weeks or months, it is the condition called erectile dysfunction. There are many possible causes for the condition, such as alcohol, performance anxiety, relationship issues, stress, and fatigue. These are more circumstantial issues, but there are some slightly more longstanding problems which could be at play as well, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, tobacco use, multiple sclerosis, enlarged prostate gland, and Parkinson’s disease. It is important to see a doctor if you are struggling with some of these issue.
There are treatments such as surgery, implants, vacuum pumps, and medications. Thankfully there are also a variety of natural solutions which could help some men to deal with this particular problem. Here are some less invasive, more natural ways to combat erectile dysfunction.
General health is important in having a healthy, functioning body that works at its prime, which is why lifestyle changes can be effective for many men. One of the best changes you can make is getting more active and exercising regularly. Exercise has several advantages which work against ED, such as increased blood flow and blood pressure. Strong blood flow is pertinent to a healthy erection, and Viagra even works by boosting blood pressure. Plus, if you do exercises that involve weight-bearing, you can boost testosterone production naturally. Speaking of exercises, kegel exercises are highly recommended too, as it involves strengthening of the bulbocavernosus muscle which is important for healthy erections. Other lifestyle changes which may help ED include drinking less, and stopping smoking and doing drugs.
Aside from these you may want to change your diet. It is thought that many of the foods men eat directly affect ED. A healthy, well-balanced diet that includes fish, whole grains, veggies, fruit, and less red meat, tends to decrease the chances that a man will experience ED. Aside from this, body weight is another factor, because overweight men are more likely to deal with ED.
L-Argine is an amino acid which can be found naturally in many foods. It works by boosting the nitric oxide produced in the body, and this substance is capable of facilitating erections. According to studies L-arginine is an effective way to treat erectile dysfunction. It can also be taken along with pine extract pynogenal. Those with cardiovascular issues should be cautious before using L-arginine and it only helped those who had abnormal nitric oxide metabolism.
You may have heard about herbal Viagra, which is technically ginseng or red ginseng--when the root has been steamed and dried it is then known as red ginseng. Although a lot is still unknown about how ginseng works to help this problem, studies back up the fact that it has helped erectile dysfunction. This might be due to the fact that it promotes nitric oxide synthesis.