There are several supplements that have been shown to help increase blood flow and therefore may help with ED in some cases. Those include:
- L-arginine and pycnogenol. A study showed that when these two supplements were used together, men had a significant improvement in sexual function without any side effects.
- Flavonoids. According to a 10-year study of more than 25,000 men, those who ate a diet high in flavonoid-rich foods were less likely to have ED. Whether that means flavonoid supplements can help with ED still needs to be studied.
- Zinc. There seems to be a link between severe zinc deficiency and men who have low testosterone. Researchers know that a zinc supplement increases testosterone serum levels in men, so it could help with ED, as well.
- Vitamin D. There may also be a link between ED and vitamin D deficiency. A study determined that a lot of men with ED have low levels of vitamin D, especially when their ED is caused by injury.
- DHEA. There is some evidence that shows the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone, known as DHEA, can improve libido and help with erectile dysfunction.
Nutritional supplements, can have side effects based on their ingredients. So if you’re considering an alternative form of treatment for ED, talk to your doctor before getting started.
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