Impotence, also referred to as erectile dysfunction, is a man's inability
to attain or sustain an erection sufficient for normal, satisfying sexual
intercourse. It was once thought that almost all impotence was caused by
psychological factors, but we now know that as many as 85 percent of cases
are brought on by physiological disturbances. No matter what the cause, it
helps most men to realize that they are not alone. Nearly every man
experiences impotence at some point, and almost 20 million have chronic or
Many physiological factors may contribute to impotence, but the most
frequent are hormonal changes, medications, diet, and chronic illness. Low
levels of testosterone, the male sex hormone, are a critical link to male
impotence. The most common cause of impotence is atherosclerosis, which is
hardening of the arteries with plaque build up. This causes a problem with
blood flow to the penis. Also, dilation of the arteries and blood flow to
the genital area are dependent on a chemical produced in the body known as
In addition, many prescription drugs can cause reduced blood flow to the
genitals or can interfere with brain activity, hormones, or nerve
transmission. If you suffer from impotence and are on a prescription
medication, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to find alternatives
Diet is another common cause. Just as a high-fat, low-fiber routine can
inhibit blood flow to the heart, it can also block the arteries that lead
to the penis. Men with high blood pressure or arteriosclerosis may have
difficulty maintaining erections. Other chronic illnesses, especially
diabetes, can take a toll as well.
It is important to note here that aging is not a cause of impotence. While
it's true that impotence affects older people more frequently than it does
the rest of the population, this situation can be attributed to the
increased incidence of disease and medication in the elderly. And disease
itself is not an inevitable part of aging. If you are healthy and content,
you can be sexually vigorous well into your eighties and beyond.
If you are not chronically impotent-that is, if you are impotent only in
certain situations or can achieve an erection on your own or in your sleep,
then it's likely that psychological factors are causing or contributing to
your problem. Overwork and fatigue have reached epidemic levels in our
society, and many men-especially those who have children-simply feel too
tired to enjoy sex. Depression, anxiety, stress, fear of failure, and fear
of pregnancy are other frequent causes.
Many cases of impotence can be successfully treated with an improvement in
lifestyle and dietary habits, as well as with nutritional supplements, but
anyone with a chronic problem should see a doctor first to rule out
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Take 1,000 mg three times daily on an empty stomach.
This amino acid leads to blood vessel dilation and
improved blood flow, which are required for an
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Panax Ginseng – Korean Ginseng
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percent flavone glycosides and 6 percent terpene
lactones. Ginkgo improves blood flow, and studies show
it to be effective for erectile dysfunction.
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shows that your levels arelow, take 25 to 50 mg daily
under the supervision of a doctor. Studies show that
some men who are low in this hormone improve their
erectile function with supplementation. DHEA is also a
precursor hormone to testosterone.
Super Prescription # 6 Potency wood (Muira puama)
Take 500 mg three times daily. Studies have shown this
herb from South America to improve sexual desire and
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Take 300 mg three times daily. Oatstraw relaxes the
nervous system and is thought to increase libido.
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studies for Impotency
Inability to achieve or maintain an erection:
Low levels of DHEA and testosterone
A diet that's high in fat and low in fiber
Underlying illness (most often, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure,
Stress or anxiety
Other psychological factors (fear of pregnancy, fear of failure, lack
Heavy metal poisoning
If an underlying condition or a medication is causing impotence, check with
a doctor before undertaking any changes in your diet, medication, or
Eat a healthful diet that's high in fiber and nutrients. Good sources of
fiber include fresh raw vegetables, apples, oats, and whole grains.
Vitamin E dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow. Foods that are
high in this nutrient include wheat germ, soy products, leafy green
vegetables, and whole grain cereals.
Enjoy soybeans, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds as snacks or in salads.
They're excellent sources of zinc, which aids the prostate and improves
Watercress leaves, sesame seeds, and bee pollen are libido enhancers. Add
some to your meals every day.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid foods that are high in saturated, hydrogenated, or partially
hydrogenated fats, including red meat, butter, margarine, shortening, and
refined vegetable oil. A high-fat diet causes circulatory problems and
blocks the flow of blood to the genitals.
Eliminate junk and processed foods from your diet. Not only are they
generally fatty and lacking in nutrition, they contain chemicals that might
affect sexual performance.
Don't eat large meals just before sex. Your body will be too focused on
digestion to concentrate on desire.
Moderate your intake of caffeine and alcohol. While a cup of coffee or a
glass of wine should not pose a problem for most people, overindulgence can
lead to temporary or chronic impotence.
A three-day juice fast will help clear your body of toxins and generally
improve your circulation.
Niacin (vitamin B3) is a vasodilator and improves blood flow. Take 250
mg three time daily
Zinc is a mineral that's required in the synthesis of testosterone.
Take 30 mg twice daily, along with 3 to 5 mg of copper.
Tribulus terresteris ("Puncture Vine") is a folk remedy for improving
libido and erectile function. Take 500 mg three times daily.
Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is a traditional remedy for impotence that
improves blood flow to the genitals. Take 400 to 800 mg or 2 to 3 cc of
the tincture three times daily.
Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum) is an ancient Ayurvedic medicine used
to treat stress and impotence. Take 1,000 mg three times daily.
Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe) increases blood flow to erectile tissue
and increases libido. Take a product standardized to yohimbine
hydrochloride at a dosage of 10 mg three times daily. It should be used
under the supervision of a doctor and should be avoided by people with
high blood pressure, and cardiovascular condition, or kidney disease;
by pregnant women; or by individuals being treated for a psychological
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