Posts Tagged ‘l-arginine’

December 25, 2015


Erectile dysfunction affects over 30 million American men.  Most of the men are looking for a solution, perhaps a pill to solve their problem.  Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis do work.  However, they are very expensive and not available in the generic format at this time.  So let’s look at other options, even natural supplements that may be effective.


While a study published in the Journal of Urology found that men taking Korean red ginseng saw significantly improved erections compared to their placebo-popping counterparts, the American Urological Association Clinical Guidelines Panel feels this trial group of 45 men is too small to validate its clinical efficacy. In addition, Korean red ginseng can cause added health issues for men who have heart disease, mood disorders, or immune system disorders.


Taking a supplement of this amino acid can help increase blood flow both to the penis and the heart, While there’s no medical guarantee it will work like Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis, L-arginine is known to increase levels of nitric oxide, a gas that relaxes muscles and increases blood flow, and is involved in maintaining an erection.

Zinc Supplements

Zinc supplements are not shown to help, but a healthy lifestyle with an excellent diet — anything good for the heart — will be good for the penis. Perhaps the best advice is to lose weight, to exercise, and to stop smoking.

Acupuncture, Hypnosis, and Yoga

Anything that helps reduce stress and improves awareness of your body or calms you down is worth trying.  For some people, acupuncture can help in situations where stress, anxiety, or injury is the cause of ED.

Horny Goat Weed

Pills, powders, and teas are made from an extract of this plant, also called Epimedium, which has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. Some animal-based studies show that it may increase nitric oxide, which is involved in maintaining an erection, but there is no conclusive scientific evidence that it has benefits in humans.

Pomegranate juice

Antioxidants in berries help nitric oxide last longer in the bloodstream, which is where the pomegranate myth began. However, there is no scientific proof that drinking this antioxidant-rich juice can actually help with erections.

Bottom Line:  I wish I could report that these supplements are the Holy Grail and can help men restore their erections so that they will be able to successfully engage in in sexual intimacy with their partners.  However, the jury is out; and although these options are not likely to be harmful they probably won’t solve most men’s erectile dysfunction.

Natural Remedies For Treating Erectile Dysfunction

January 14, 2015

Lots of men with erectile dysfunction (ED) have issues talking about their problem with their doctors. Because of this issue between patients and doctors, it is a strong curiosity in complementary, alternative medicine also known as CAM therapies for ED. Sadly, there is more than unhappy evidence to support the use of many CAM therapies for ED. Furthermore, some CAM therapies are really working or some may actually be harmful for men health.

Many male enhancement pills or treatments have been tested to see if they have a positive outcome. Nevertheless, the conclusion of these studies has been low. Evidence for these ED treatments is limited and many of these male enchantments pills have risks. These risks may not yet be fully known. CAM therapies and all ED drugs, like other treatment options, must always be used only approved by your healthcare provider.

Several studies have suggested that Panax Ginseng (Korean Red Ginseng) may be able to help men with ED. Panax Ginseng is dangerous to diabetics because this perennial plant is causing low blood sugar. Another herb used as naturally treatment for erectile dysfunction is ginko. Ginkgo is a great herb which was applied medicinally for hundreds of years to treat a variety of conditions. It has been reviewed as a possible ED treatment in many studies. This ED supplement is supposed to be able to increase penile blood flow. Ginko can increase bleeding risk potential and it is not suggested to be used by people using blood thinners.

There is some proof that the bark from the yohimbe tree might aid in ED. Yohimbe’s bark contains a substance known as yohimbine, and has been frequently used in Africa as a sexual enhancement. At this time, a medication form of yohimbine (known as yohimbine hydrochloride) is being studied to reduce erectile dysfunction in men. Nevertheless, it may trigger side effects, including tremors, anxiety or high blood pressure.

L-arginine is an amino acid that is found in certain foods. It is essential for nitrous oxide (NO) synthesis. Beneficial NO synthesis is essential for erectile function. Recent studies show that Larginine improves penis blood circulation simply by relaxing muscles and blood vessels. Viagra and equivalent pills work by modifying NO levels. There is different evidence that L-arginine pills may be qualified to aid with ED. These studies have discovered positive results, while other reports in the medical literature have reported negative results regarding impotence issues.

Bottom Line: Erectile dysfunction ED is a common problem that impacts the lives of so many men and has an impact on their partners as well. Many men received unsolicited E mails and regular mail promises of miraculous solutions for their ED. I suggest that you contact your physician before ordering such pie-in-the-sky cures for ED.