Sexy Supplements for ED: Natural Foods for Harder Erections

Work. Kids (or even worse, teenagers). Aging parents. It is any wonder that many of us have encountered a bit of a downturn in our sex lives? And between career and family stresses, let’s face it – sometimes your erection just isn’t all you know it can be.

But whatever the cause may be – you’re tired, overworked, not eating right, all of the above – it doesn’t really matter. The only thing we’re concerned about is you getting your groove back. And we’re not the only ones rooting for you – Mother Nature’s got your back, too. Why else would she have supplied us with so many natural foods for harder erections?

Peruse through the list below for all natural supplements that can put the pep back in your step without resorting to the little blue pill.

Ginkgo Biloba

If you’re already in the know about the benefits of gingko biloba, you’ll already know a bit about how it’s the extract of a tree native to China used in East Asian cuisine and medicine for thousands of years. Though the exact mechanism of isn’t completely understood, ginkgo is very effective at increasing circulation, which is believed to be the main way it improves sexual function (improving blood flow helps harder erections).

Also keep in mint that the quality of erections suffer for a lot of reasons, and though taking gingko may not directly result in immediate…satisfaction, it may address the underlying reasons that are addressed by regularly taking the supplement. Gingko could be the answer you need, but make sure to talk to your doctor first, as it is a pretty potent anti-coagulant and may react with some medication.

Red Ginseng

Red ginseng is the fleshy root of the Korean variety of the plant. Its effects aren’t universally known but they’re definitely no secrets (one of its nicknames is “Korean Viagra.”) Though it may not give you instantaneous results its well-studied effects are nothing to scoff at.

In an American Journal of Urology study examining the effects of red ginseng on men suffering from erectile dysfunction, results demonstrated that men who took a red ginseng versus a placebo showed significant improvements in their symptoms after less than 2 months. Just like gingko biloba, the exact mechanism for how it works isn’t yet understood, but doctors and researchers suspect that it was something to do with treating stress (libido killer) and high cholesterol.

L-Arginine

Arginine is an amino acid essential for the creation of protein. We are capable of creating arginine ourselves, and in the human body, arginine is found in high concentrations in precurson and spermatozoa.

Necessary for sperm creation and mobility, the L-arginine variety is said to be an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. Though humans can get L-arginine from dairy and meats, it’s synthesized in labs in order to be taken in sufficient doses as a supplement. When L-arginine is ingested, it turns into nitric oxide when it hits the bloodstream. This is probably why it’s so powerful: lower nitric oxide levels are a common cause of erectile dysfunction.

In a 2013 animal study, nitric oxide supplements that released tiny micro-beads gave better results during testing than Viagra, which is great news for people with heart conditions and diabetes that are precluded from taking Viagra due to it being notoriously hard on the vascular system. For those who are squeamish about the potential long-term effects of microbeads or who just prefer a natural remedy, l-arginine is the ticket for you.

This is one where you have to be very cautious though: the current, plain l-arginine supplement has been found to trigger allergic reactions, increase the severity of asthma or lead to lower blood pressure.

Maca root

Maca root is a starchy tuber from the Andes and one of the best foods for harder erections. If you’re having a hard time imagining it, just think of it like a turnip that tastes like a potato. It’s a staple of the Peruvian diet and is said to have many positive effects, notably increasing both male and female libidos.

Research also suggests it improves semen quality as well, improving rates of conception where infertility is caused by low sperm count. Though animal studies have been very promising, in the meantime more human trials need to be conducted. Though anecdotally, taking maca root is a safe and effective way of treating erectile dysfunction and low libido.

Horny goat weed

Though epimedium goes by many names, such as “bishop’s hat,” “fairy wings” or “rowdy lamb herb,” it’s probably best known as horny goat weed. What puts the “horny” in horny goat weed is icariin, which is a natural version of the active ingredient in Viagra, phosphodiaesterase type 5 inhibitor (or a PDE-5 inhibitor, for short.) Available in raw herb form, capsule or tablet, horny goat weed works in a very similar fashion to L-arginine, increasing amount of nitric oxide in the blood.

Unlike relative newbie Viagra, as aphrodisiac and natural treatment for erectile dysfunction, it’s got a pedigree as a natural ED treatment that spans hundreds of years. A genus of flowering plant native mostly to China, it’s found in other parts of Asia as well as the Mediterranean and has been used for centuries to treat problems related to libido.

Yohimbe Bark

The bark of the Yohimbe tree has been used in African medicine for centuries as an aphrodisiac. The active ingredient is a chemical called yohimbine hydrochloride, derived from the Yohimbe tree, an evergreen tree found in West Africa. It works by dilating blood vessels and increasing the sensitivity of sex organs, thanks to which it’s gained a modern reputation as a natural cure for ED.

It’s currently marketed under the name Aphrodyne or Yocon as a treatment for erectile dysfunction and to combat the decreased libido that are sometimes a symptom of taking Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) a specific class of anti-depressants. It’s also being touted as the ideal supplement to help aid in the loss of “stubborn fat” (you know, that paunch that just won’t go away, no matter what you do). 

Though you can get these supplements without a prescription, it’s known to interact with several kinds of prescription drugs like blood pressure medication, so best to talk with your medical professional before you take it. Also keep in mind that it can take 3 to 6 weeks to see improvements in ED with yohimbe.

So there you have it! Whatever the cause, nature has a way to help you get your groove back and feel like a young’un again.

About the Author Jessica

After growing up a perpetually pudgy kid, Jessica discovered real food - and her waistline shortly afterward. When she's not crafting concoctions in the kitchen, she spends her free time writing about food, making her own deodorant, watching sci-fi, doing headstands, and looking for gluten free food that doesn't suck.

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Rachelle Zourkos says September 27, 2015

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Willa Mula says September 27, 2015

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Strong Erection says April 16, 2017

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