For men, the inability to get or sustain an erection usually leads to all kinds of performance anxiety and self-esteem issues. There are multiple causes for erectile dysfunction -- from physical conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer and diabetes to psychological factors like stress, anxiety and depression
While once believed to be a largely unavoidable rite of passage into the senior years, chronic erectile dysfunction is now showing up in much younger men, often beginning as early as 40 years old or younger, experts say.
"It's an important barometer of a man's overall health -- particularly the health of the blood vessels. So if a man is at risk for any type of vascular disease, he is also at risk for ED, regardless of his age," says Dr. Andrew McCollough, director of Sexual Health, Fertility and Microsurgery at New York University Medical Center.
What gives a man an erection is blood flow to the penis. The vessels dilate, and blood flows in. There is an enzyme that counteracts the dilation. Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs inhibit that enzyme, allowing dilation to occur more easily and last longer. They can also diminish a man's refractory time, meaning that after orgasm he can more quickly get an erection again.
In 2000, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles did an analysis of 1,473 major adverse medical events involving the use of Viagra. There were 522 deaths, most involving cardiovascular causes developing within 4-5 hours of taking a 50 mg dose of Viagra. The majority of deaths occurred in patients who were less than 65 years of age and had no reported cardiac risk factors.
As the deaths go unpublicized and the side effects are downplayed, health and law enforcement officials all over the country report that young men who do not have erectile dysfunction are using Viagra as a party drug.
It's a problem that doesn't need to be a problem when there are natural alternatives.
Natural food stores are full of herbs and supplements that can improve circulation and reverse (and prevent) impotence. Natural remedies tend to be gentler on the body, so they work a little slower than any "magic bullet." But within a few weeks or months, you should notice the difference.
The popular memory enhancer, also gets the blood flowing to all the right spots. A 1989 study published in the Journal of Urology found that ginkgo produced better results than the anti-impotence drug papaverine hydrochloride. After just six months taking ginkgo, half the men studied regained their ability to achieve erection. Try 500 milligrams three times daily.
From the bark of the African tree Pausinystalia johimbe, is the best-known anti-impotence herb and the only herbal sex aid to garner a listing in the famed Physicians’ Desk Reference. It’s believed to work by stimulating the nerves in the spine that control erection. But even in the recommended daily dose of 250 mg, it can produce nausea, headaches, sweating, agitation, high blood pressure and panic attacks. Anyone with hypertension or heart disease should steer clear of this potent herb. Others should try a smaller amount first time out and use with caution.
The amino acid citrulline is found in particularly high amounts in watermelon juice. Citrulline can be converted in your body into arginine, an essential amino acid for improving blood flow and relaxing blood vessels. There has even been suggestions that the health benefits of watermelon juice alone could include a natural ‘Viagra’ like effect in the bedroom. For someone lacking in arginine in the diet, the high citrulline content of watermelon may just save them the prescription.
Supplemental dosages of 6 to 8 grams L-Arginine per day are considered safe.
The most important molecule in regulating the function of our arteries is nitric oxide (NO). As synthesized in our arteries in tiny quantities, NO acts as a powerful mediator of vasodilation, the mechanism by which arteries dilate, which has obvious benefits for an erection. It increases the flow of blood to tissues that need it. The principal source of our NO is arginine. This occurs via enzyme-catalyzed reactions that occur in endothelial cells, the thin layer of smooth, tightly "tiled" cells that line the inner walls of our arteries. If supplementing, stick with a high-quality L-Arginine
made from fermented sources.
Anything that increases blood flow and cGMP (Cyclic guanosine monophosphate) and nitric oxide significantly is going to improve erectile strength. Some call beet juice the Holy Grail for erectile dysfunction. The whole purpose of increasing nitric oxide is to boost one's cGMP, since it is what relaxes the arteries.
Natural Viagra Recipe
250mg Yohimbe (powder)
1000mg L-Arginine (powder)
1000mg Gingko Biloba (powder)
1L Watermelon Juice
250ml Beet Juice
Makes approximately: 1.3L
All powers can also be extracted from capsules.
Mix all ingredients in a blender just enough to make the liquid a uniform composition. Have on an empty stomach three times per day and 1 hour before sexual intercourse. Must be made fresh daily. This formula works well for men ages 25-55.