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Top 10 natural supplements for your erection.

Written by: Dr. Ioannis Nikitidis MD, RD, MSc

Date medically reviewed:

Summary

This article explains the top ten supplements that may help improve and maintain erections. The items below have various properties and effects such as regulating hormones, increases sperm count, and they also contain aphrodisiac properties. Some of the herbs are well known such as ginseng, saffron, and ginkgo biloba. If your symptoms persist or get worse, it is advisable to speak to an expert doctor about other treatment options.

Herbs and spices are great for adding low-calorie flavour to a meal. They can also be beneficial to your sexual health. Supplements can assist in reaching your health goals faster. 

  1. Tribulus terrestris is a plant found in tropical areas and has been used since the ancient years in many eastern traditional medical practices. The ability of Tribulus to increase the release of nitric oxide may account for its claims as an aphrodisiac. Purchase it here.  
  2. Tinospora cordifolia is another plant that you can find in tropical areas and has been used to increase your male hormone levels. Studies showed that it has an antioxidant role and improves cholesterol levels in semen affecting the quality of the sperm. Purchase it here.   
  3. The ethanol extract of Butea superba has been proved to act in enhancing your erection and sperm quality. It is the plant powder that was reported in a human study that can be used as a treatment of erectile dysfunction. Specifically, after 6 months of this treatment, a significant increase was noticed in the sperm concentration and sperm motility was delayed. Purchase it here.  
  4. Safed Musli is considered as an aphrodisiac and sexual stimulant. Its extract increases the sperm quantity. Purchase it here.  
  5. Horny Goat Weed has become quite a popular supplement with men looking for a natural boost. Its extract is known to possess aphrodisiac properties enhancing erectile function. Purchase it here.  
  6. Maca, is an edible root. It has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac and people consider it as a fertility-enhancer for both genders. Maca is thought to have a compound with a portion similar to the human male hormones. Additionally, it provides arginine, which is known to improve male sexual performance. The maca root may lead to a relief in sexual dysfunction induced by hormone re-absorption, including a beneficial effect on the libido. Purchase it here.  
  7. Indian ginseng is commonly used in Ayurveda treatment as it possesses aphrodisiac properties. It can be found under the name Ashwagandha and purchased here. When the root extract was administered to the patients with a low number of sperm it caused a significant improvement in the sperm quality and male hormone levels.
  8. Ginseng has also been known as an aphrodisiac and used widely in several traditional treatment practices in Asia to treat sexual dysfunction and enhance sexual performance. Additionally, it improves male fertility by controlling neuronal and hormonal systems. On top of that, it promotes healthy sperm production and preserves male fertility during disease states. Purchase it here.  
  9. Saffron is another aphrodisiac and there are several human studies about its sexually related properties. In a study among men with erectile dysfunction, saffron had caused a significant effect on erectile function improvement, and intercourse satisfaction. It can be purchased here.  
  10. Ginkgo Biloba was found to be effective in treating sexual dysfunction of psychological origin in one human study. In general, it can potentially improve all four phases of the sexual response cycle: desire, excitement, orgasm, and resolution. Purchase it here

If you are experiencing a mild case of erectile dysfunction, it’s worth attempting some natural remedies, cardiovascular exercise and self-care to improve your erection. If your condition has been bothering you for more than 3 months it is time to see a sexual health doctor to uncover the potential causes.

Conclusion

A healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet is key to avoiding erectile dysfunction. If you are experiencing mild symptoms it may be worth trying these ingredients. It might also be beneficial if these herbs are supplemented with some lifestyle changes such as exercise. If the conditions still persist and prove to be bothersome for over three months, it is best to consult with an expert sexual health doctor.

References

  1. Ambiye, V.R., Langade, D., Dongre, S., Aptikar, P., Kulkarni, M. and Dongre, A., 2013. Clinical evaluation of the spermatogenic activity of the root extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) in oligospermic males: a pilot study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative treatment, 2013. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/571420/
  2. Cohen, A.J. and Bartlik, B., 1998. Ginkgo biloba for antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction. Journal of sex & marital therapy, 24(2), pp.139-143. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9611693/
  3. Gauthaman, K., Ganesan, A.P. and Prasad, R.N.V., 2003. Sexual effects of Tribulus terrestris extract: an evaluation using a rat model. The Journal of Alternative & Complementary treatment, 9(2), pp.257-265.Gauthaman, K., Ganesan, A.P. and Prasad, R.N.V., 2003. Sexual effects of Tribulus terrestris extract: an evaluation using a rat model. The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Treatment, 9(2), pp.257-265. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/10755530360623374
  4. Jayaganthan, P., Perumal, P., Balamurugan, T.C., Verma, R.P., Singh, L.P., Pattanaik, A.K. and Kataria, M., 2013. Effects of Tinospora cordifolia supplementation on semen quality and hormonal profile in rams. Animal reproduction science, 140(1-2), pp.47-53. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23755935/
  5. Leung, K.W. and Wong, A.S., 2013. Ginseng and male reproductive function. Spermatogenesis, 3(3), p.e26391. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3861174/
  6. Modabbernia, A., Sohrabi, H., Nasehi, A.A., Raisi, F., Saroukhani, S., Jamshidi, A., Tabrizi, M., Ashrafi, M. and Akhondzadeh, S., 2012. Effect of saffron on antidepressant-induced sexual impairment in men: randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Psychopharmacology, 223(4), pp.381-388. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22552758/

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