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Last updated April 24, 2017, originally published June 27, 2012
By L. Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist
Are you popping the right pills for a great sex life?
And we’re not talking about Viagra here. Did you know
that certain vitamins affect how easy you find it to get an
erection? When everything’s working properly it’s the
easiest thing in the world. When you’re healthy and happy
it seems there’s something popping up every two minutes.
But when you have problems with your erection you’re in
a whole world of pain – psychological, emotional and
physical. We’ve been taught to take our vitamins for the
good of our health but is it true that some vitamins can do
us good in the bedroom too?
If you suffer problems with your erection you are not
alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, 5
percent of 40-year-old men and between 15 and 25
percent of 65-year-old men suffer from erectile
dysfunction on a regular basis and millions more suffer
occasional problems getting or maintaining an erection. If
you’re struggling in the bedroom, take a look at your
medicine cabinet and your kitchen shelves. Which vitamins
give your erection a boost?
What Causes Erectile Problems?
Contrary to popular belief, the penis doesn’t have a mind
of its own. Nerves carry messages to and from the penis,
spine and brain and these messages make the muscles,
veins and arteries – plus your erection –respond. Diabetes,
which causes nerve and artery damage, affects the
message process. So do conditions that cause blood flow
problems like atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries),
high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
When the messages don’t get through, your penis doesn’t
respond with the lightning speed you want it to. Nutrition
affects vascular nitric oxide production, which is crucially
important to erectile performance according to medical
experts. Nitric Oxide is the "laughing gas" used by some
dentists to make you relaxed and it does the same thing to
the blood vessels that supply your penis. It makes them
relax and open up, thus allowing in more blood, which is
what makes your penis hard. This is one of the reasons
why laughing improves the hardness of erections.
Erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra increase your
sensitivity to the beneficial effects of nitric oxide.
According to a 2011 study from the David Geffen School of
Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles reduced
nitric oxide production results in a weakened performance
between the sheets.
In summary, your diet and the vitamins you consume
affect your health and the effectiveness of your erection.
How? We’ve checked out the scientific evidence to see
which vitamins affect your erection, and why.
1. Vitamin E Helps Boost Erectile Performance
Increase your intake of nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables
and fortified cereals because Vitamin E could be good for
your erection. Vitamin E therapy helps lessen the effect of
age-related erectile dysfunction, according to a 2012 study
by the Faculty of Pharmacy-Alexandria University, Egypt.
This wasn’t a human study (the researchers tested rats)
and further research would be useful. Vitamin E is an
antioxidant, which also helps protect cells from damage
and is said to cut the risk of developing heart disease.
Remember, a healthy heart often equals a healthy sex life.
2. Antioxidants for Erection Strength
Vitamin E is one potent antioxidant but there are others
that can help you to greater erectile success. Antioxidants
are said to be beneficial because they increase the levels of
circulating nitric oxide which in turn gives you a better
erection. A 2004 study from St Joseph's Health Care,
London, Canada showed antioxidants were potentially
useful in boosting the erectile performance of men
although the study itself was on rats. The study looked at
the effect of antioxidants on diabetes-related erectile
3. Does Arginine Strengthen Erectile Performance?
The amino acid arginine is found in foods like fish, chicken,
nuts, dairy, meat and chocolate. This amino acid helps your
body make nitric oxide, which we have already seen has an
effect on the chances of you getting a strong erection.
Fifty men who suffered erectile dysfunction took 5g of
arginine or placebo in a 1999 study from Tel Aviv Sourasky
Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Those taking
the amino acid enjoyed a greater improvement sexually, in
terms of their ability to get and maintain an erection.
4. Arginine and Yohimbine is Better….
Arginine and the supplement yohimbine may also be
effective. A 2002 study from Hopital Foch, Suresnes,
France tested this combo on 45 men, giving them 6g of
both supplements one to two hours before intercourse.
The combination improved erectile function, especially in
men who suffered moderate dysfunction.
5….. But Arginine From L-citrulline is Best
According to experts, L-citrulline, which converts to
arginine, is best for treating erection problems because it
metabolizes better. A 2011 study from the University of
Foggia, Italy showed L-citrulline improved men’s erection
hardness resulting in a reported increase in satisfaction
based on erection performance and number of sex
6. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Erection Friends?
Experts have suggested you give yourself an extra helping
of fatty fish because omega-three fatty acids are good for
your erection, but is it true? The heart-friendly effect of
omega-3 fatty acids may be highly beneficial for men aged
over 60 (who are at greater risk of sudden death from
cardiovascular disease as well as erectile dysfunction)
according to a 2011 study from the David Geffen School of
Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. And a
healthier heart tends to lead to a healthier sex life. Omega-
3s are also said to increase nitric oxide production.
But supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids had no
noticeable effect on men suffering from Peyronie's
Disease, which causes erection problems, according to a
2009 study from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.
The study looked at 224 men but the group didn’t report
any sexual improvements after taking omega-3 fatty acids.
7. Use Folic Acid For Your Erection Problems
Erectile problems are closely linked to cardiovascular
problems. If your heart isn’t healthy, your sex life may not
Certain markers for cardiovascular disease are linked to
the levels of folates in the body so scientists tested
whether low levels of folic acid would interfere with your
According to 2010 research from the University of Rome
La Sapienza, Rome, Italy they do – treatment with folic
acid caused men to report an increase in their erection
strength and consequent sexual satisfaction.
Although folic acid and folate are sometimes used
interchangeably, they are somewhat different. Folic acid is
a synthetic compound that was first created in 1943.
Folate is a natural compound found in foods. Both provide
similar nutritional benefit. Foods rich in folate include dark
leafy greens, calf's liver, chicken liver and chives.
8. Zinc for a Powerful Erection?
Sink for zinc – this mineral is essential for a healthy sex life
as a deficiency has been linked to low testosterone. Low
testosterone is a downer as it can contribute to a
lackluster erection. Supplementation with 250mg of zinc
supplements a day for six weeks significantly increased
serum levels of testosterone according to a 2010 study
from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
Include oysters, shellfish, nuts and seeds in your erection-
9. Pop Coenzyme Q10 to Improve Your Erection
Coenzyme Q10 is found in every cell of your body but you
may need more of it to achieve a harder erection.
Supplementation with coenzyme Q10 helps treat erection
problems in Peyronie's disease according to a 2010 study
from the Private Practice of Urology and Andrology,
Tehran, Iran. Men reported increased satisfaction and
improved erections after taking the supplement.
10. Other Top Vitamins for Erection Strength
According to a 2010 study from the Reproductive Partners
Medical Group, Redondo Beach, California calcium and
vitamin C support the pathways that lead to increased
nitric oxide release, which leads to better erections for you.
In addition you can stop smoking and cut down on your
alcoholic drinks to improve and preserve nitric oxide
function. Many aspects of nutrition are linked to your penis
– don’t deprive your body of the essential nutrients it
needs or you could end up dissatisfied in the bedroom.
11. Vitamin D --- Essential for Strong Erections
And now, a 2014 study has associated low levels of
Vitamin D with erectile dysfunction. The study, conducted
in 2014 at the University of Milan, found that men with
erectile dysfunction has 20% lower levels of Vitamin D
than men with normal functioning erections. (Read more
about the link between Vitamin D and strong erections.)
12. Vitamin C Improves Your Arteries and Erections
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. But it is something
more as well. Vitamin C sacrifices it self to improve the
antioxidant potency of all other antioxidants. That's good
news for your arteries and for your erections. Vitamin C
reduces oxidation in the walls of your arteries, the
endothelium, according to a study from Institute for
Ageing and Health, Newcastle University in the UK.
Though erections were not the focus of this study,
whatever improves blood flow in your arteries will improve
your ability to achieve an erection. Left unexplored also
was the minimum amount of Vitamin C you would need to
take to achieve arterial improvement. However, studies
which have looked at Vitamin C's ability to achieve
measurable antioxidant effects have used 500 milligrams
as a starting point.]
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