Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs For Erectile Dysfunction

The list of vitamins and herbs purported to ease erectile dysfunction is as long John Holmes' member. And the causes of E.D. are as equally as varied. But it comes down to two broad reasons: physical and psychological, and there is certainly an overlap. If it happens to you, you know it can play games with your mind and affect future encounters. So the list of vitamins and herbs below may work for some people and not for others. Some might help blood flow, some may help you relax, others might be long-term health solutions. And most of these supplements aren't supposed to work like Viagra where you pop a pill to pop a boner. They're designed for more long-term vascular health, which won't give you a porn-star erection on Day 1, but might help you get there over the long run.

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I’m no doctor. The information in this article is just that – information. It’s not intended to cure anything and you shouldn’t take anything without supervision from a doctor. Some of this information is from my own experience, while some of it I have compiled from various sources, and I’ve notated them generously throughout.

So without further adieu, here’s the big list of male aphrodisiacs, herbs, and vitamins

This article will be discussing the following:

Ashwagandha
Cordyceps sinensis
Damiana
DHEA
Fava Bean
Fish Oil/Fatty Acid
Garlic
Gingko Biloba
Ginseng (Panax, Korean Red)
Horny Goat Weed
Iodine
Kelp
L-arginine
Maca
Niacin
Oatstraw
Potency Wood
Saw Palmetto
Selenium
Vitamin A (Beta-carotene)
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Yohimbe
Zinc

Suggested dosage varies wildly in some cases. I’ve cited many of the suggested dosages listed below, especially in those cases where varying suggested dosages have been found.

This article is a work in progress, as information changes constantly.

Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum)
Dose: 1000mg 3x a dayi
Note: Treats stress and impotence.

Cordyceps sinensis
Dose: 800 mg 2x a day of Cs-4 mycelium extract.ii
Note: Chinese studies point to improved libido.

Damiana (Turnera diffusa)
Dose: 400-800mg pills or 2-3cc tincture 3x a day.
Note: Improves blood flow to the genitals.

DHEA
Dose: 25-50mg a day if tests show your levels are low.
Note: Improvement only seen in men who test low for DHEA. Precursor to testosterone. Also used to treat Alzheimers and obesity. Levels begin to decline in men after age 40.

Side effects: Acne, mood swings, fatigue, insomnia, liver damage.

Fava Bean
I have found very little corroborating or even anecdotal information that the fava bean helps E.D.

Fish Oil/Essential Fatty Acid Complex
Dose: As directed
Note: Aids in formation of sperm and seminal fluid in the prostate gland.iii Also used to treat arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and high cholesterol. Works best when also taking Vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene. iv Can also fight depression.

Garlic
Dose
5 cloves or 10 deodorized capsules a dayv
Up to 5000mcg of allicin daily.vi

Note: Increases blood flow and hormone production. The list of traditional uses for garlic is extensive: Asthma, allergies, alzheimers, athlete’s foot, bronchitis, cancer, colds, diabetes, diarrhea, ear infection, flu, gout, heart attack, herpes, high blood pressure, and other infections.

Side effects: Heartburn, flatulence, bad breath.

Warning: Avoid if you have a blood-clotting disorder or diabetes.

Ginkgo Biloba
Dose
120 mg 2x a day (24% flavone glycosides and 6% terpene lactones)
500mg 3x a dayvii

Note
Improves blood flow. Studies show improvement for erectile dysfunction. One study showed that 200mg of ginkgo biloba extract improved sexual function in 76% of the men.viii Another showed men taking 240mg a day all reported improvement.ix It could take months for it to show full benefit.x Also used to treat Alzheimers, glaucoma, heart attack, and heartburn.

Warning: Avoid if you have a blood-clotting disorder.

Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium or Yin Yang Huo)
Note: Used for increased libido and erectile function. The active compound is icariin, which is a PDE-5 Inhibitor, which is how Viagra and Cialis work. Also stimulates testosterone production. Studies have shown some promise. Available in tablet or tea forms. I’ve read a lot of positive reviews of this herb, but I haven’t tried it yet myself.

Iodine/Kelp
Dose: 150mg Iodine or 2k-3k mg Kelp
Note: Thyroid component aids in development of sex organs.

Warning: Can be toxic in high quantities. xi Avoid if you have hypothyroid disorder.

Natural sources for iodine: Kelp, seafood, some veggies.

L-arginine
Dose: 1000 mg 3x a day on an empty stomach.xii
Note: Blood vessel dilation and improved blood flow. Also used to treat cancer and infertility.

Natural sources: Nuts

Side effects: Rare, but at high doses (above 20g daily) includes nausea, vomiting, flushing, and headache.

Warning: Can activate the herpes virus in those affected, may interact with blood pressure lowering medicine.

MACA
Dose: 4000mg dailyxiii
Warning: Few side effects, but can cause insomnia in high doses.

Niacin (Vitamin B3)
Dose: 250 mg 3x a day
Note: Improves blood flow. Helps in production of sex hormones. Also used to treat depression, high cholesterol, and re-occurence of heart attack.

Warning: High doses of 1.5-6g per day can lead to skin flushing, itching, dryness, rashes, liver damage, and elevated blood sugar levels. Possible interaction with diabetics and those with high blood pressure should.

Natural sources: Peanuts, brewer’s yeast, fish, and whole grains.

Oatstraw (Avena sativa)
Dose: 300 mg 3x a day
Note: Relaxes nervous system and increases libido.

Panax Ginseng
Dose
100mg 2-3x a day. (4-7% ginsenosides)
1g a dayxiv

Note
60% of men who took 900mg 3x a day of Korean Red Ginseng showed improvement after 2 months.xv

Note
Chinese believe in improved libido and sexual function. Relieves stress and high blood pressure. Also has been used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome and diabetes. May take a few months of daily supplements to see full benefits.xvi

Warnings

Anyone with uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes should check with a doctor first. Can cause sweating or irritability.

Potency Wood (Muira puama)
Dose: 500 mg 3x a day.
Note: Improvement to desire and impotence.

Sasparilla
Dose: 500mg a day
Note: Boosts Testosteronexvii

Saw Palmetto
Dose: 320mg Dailyxviii
Note: May enhance libido. Most effective if it contains 85-95% fatty acids and sterols.xix No known side effects or interactions. Also used to treat prostate enlargement.

Selenium
Dose: 50-200mcgxx
Note: Highly concentrated in testicles. Also used to treat allergies, arthritis, asthma, anxiety, cancer, and heart attack.

Warning: Don’t take if you have heart, liver, or kidney problems. Don’t take more than 1000mcg a day.

Natural sources: Asparagus, Brazil nuts, garlic, mushrooms, soybeans, tuna, seafood, pineapples, brown rice.

Tribulus terresteris (Puncture Vine)
Dose: 500 mg 3x a dayxxi
Note: Improves libido and ED.

Vitamin A (Beta-carotene)
Dose: Up to 25,000 IU daily (5000 RE)
Note: Needed for body to produce proper sex hormones. Also used to treat bronchitis, cancer, cataracts, colds, herpes, flue, and psoriasis.
Natural sources: Milk, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, red bell peppers, cheese, egg yolks, apricots.

Side effects occur toward the maximum daily IU’s of 25,000, which include headache, hair loss, fatigue, dry skin, and liver damage.

Vitamin C
Dose
500mg 3x a day
300-3000mg a dayxxii

Boosts testosterone, lowers cholesterol, helps high blood pressure. Also used to treat allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cancer, canker sores, colds, depression, diabetes, ear infections, flu, ulcers.

Doesn’t stay in your body long, so you must get it every day.xxiii For this reason, time release capsules are ideal.

Natural Sources: Citrus fruits, berries, cantaloupe, green peppers, leafy green vegetables, sweet peppers, spinach, tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes.

Side effects can occur toward 3000mg a day, which include diarrhea.

Personal note. I’ve experimented with Vitamin C for other health reasons and found that taking 1000mg three times a day has improved sexual function.

Vitamin E
Dose: 200 IU daily, slowly increasing to 400-1000 IU a day
Note: Increases circulation and fertility. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.

Warning: Thins blood and not to be taken along with prescription blood thinners

It may take up to a week to work, and 33 mg (50 IU) might be enough.xxiv Vitamin E and that it doesn’t last long in the body. It is believed caffeine destroys Vitamin E, so be sure to supplement them.xxv

Natural sources: Nuts, leafy greens, whole grain cereal, poultry, seafood, soybeans, asparagus, eggs.

Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe)
Dose
10mg of yohimbe hydrochloride 3x a day
450mg yohimbe bark extract (2%=9mg) once a day, at least an hour before activity.

Note: Increases blood flow to penile tissue and improves libido. Lowers blood pressure. Sometimes prescribed for weight loss. The yohimbe hydrochloride version is by prescription only. See my Unbiased Review of Yohimbe and the followup article.

Warning: Avoid if you have high blood pressure, any heart condition, kidney disease, pregnant women, or if you have a psychological disorder. Best to start with low doses to test tolerance. Can cause panic attacks, irritability, nausea, headaches, sweating, agitation, or high blood pressure. Do not take with drugs or alcohol. Can lead to extended erections.

Zinc
Dose:
80 mg a day xxvi
30mg 2x a day along with 5mg of copperxxvii

15-50mg a day.xxviii

Notes:
Key to prostate gland function and sex organ growth. Stabilizes or boosts testosterone. Losenges absorb better than pills.

Warning: Don’t take more than 80mg a day. Don’t take with antibiotics.

Natural Sources: Oysters by far have the most zinc. Also found in whole grain cereals, wheat germ, legumes, some nuts, lean red meat seafood, brewer’s yeast.

Footnotes:

i James F. Balach, M.D., Mark Stengler, N.D., Prescription for Natural Cures, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004)

ii Balach and Stengler, 329

iii Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

iv eHow.com – http://www.ehow.com/how_5148808_better-erections.html

vKevin Haynes, “The Viagra Alternatives,” Vegetarian Times, October 1998, 28.

viWinifred Conkling, The Complete Guide to Vitamins, Herbs, and Supplements, (Avon Books, 2006), 75.

viiHaynes, 28.

viii Balach and Stengler, 330

ix CJ Puotinen, “Herbs for Virility,” Vegetarian Times, May 1997, 80.

xHaynes, 28.

xi Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

xii James F. Balach, M.D., Mark Stengler, N.D., Prescription for Natural Cures, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004)

xiii Haynes, 30.

xiv Haynes, 30.

xv Erin Hobday, “The Best Supplements For Men,” Men’s Health, July 2006, 129.

xviPuotinen, 82.

xvii Haynes, 30.

xviii Shari Lieberman, “Nutrition Hotline,” Better Nutrition, April 1999, 15.

xix Conkling, 90.

xxConkling, 35.

xxi Balach and Stengler, 330

xxii Conkling, 49.

xxiii Jack Lalanne, Revitalize Your Life (Hastings House Publishers, 2003), 151

xxivThe-Vitamin-And-Supplement-Guide-Online.com, Vitamin E and Sex Drive: New Applications for a Familiar Nutrient, http://www.the-vitamin-and-supplement-guide.com/vitamineandsexdrive.html (April 15, 2010).

xxvLalanne, 151.

xxvi Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

xxvii Balach and Stengler, 330

xxviii Winifred Conkling, The Complete Guide to Vitamins, Herbs, and Supplements, (Avon Books, 2006), 272.

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7 Comments on Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs For Erectile Dysfunction

  1. are you saying take all these pills at once

  2. Absolutely not. This is just a list of many different vitamins and herbs used by people around the world and my own research into them.

  3. Thank you for such a comprehensive list of herbs and vitamins to help with this distressing problem.

  4. Bob evens // July 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm // Reply

    I was on hemodialysis for 13years this start happing after 7years on it do you these vitamins would help me.

  5. I’ve tried viagra and many herbal remedies but the best i’ve found is the penis injection serum. Not painful and erections are with in a few minutes. solid for about an hour but expensive, yes, another miracle Brother Dominic!!! Jack. P.S no side effects-ask your doctor?

  6. What I found that some of those supplements will have a slight effect but the best products use a combination of a few of them.
    I use Wild Viagla from http://www.herbalviagraworld.com It has some of the ingredients mentioned, is very effective and lasts for days.

  7. Fred Johnson // March 24, 2013 at 4:42 am // Reply

    For an economical alternative, try Instant Hard Rod, for about $37/month. Cialis and to a minor extent Viagra make for less sound sleeping and a tendency to experience dizziness for me, but these pills taken twice a week, increase your libido and over all feeling of vitality while giving a boost to your manly member also.

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