These days, I get a lot of questions about erectile dysfunction (ED) and impotence. It’s become a lot more common now, than a few decades ago because of multiple reasons.
The first is hormonal imbalances and lower testosterone levels because of
- Higher stress and faster pace lifestyle
- Lack of key nutrients due to poor food production – pesticides, hormones in meats, etc.
- Low physical activity and higher body fats
Hormonal imbalances due to the environment and aging, cause physical symptoms of erectile problems, in addition to “emotional” problems with lowered sex drive, libido, and the DESIRE to have sex.
Remember, hormones affect you both physically and emotionally.
However, men who have ED, have a normal sex drive and “desire”, but simply can’t get an erection or have difficulty maintaining it during sex.
And in these situations, this tends to be more of a VASCULAR problem due to poor blood flow and circulation.
What Is the Primary Cause Of ED?
Remember, in order to achieve an erection, three conditions must occur:
- the nerves in the penis must be functioning properly
- the blood circulation to the penis must be adequate
- there must be a stimulus from the brain
If there is something interfering with any or all of these conditions, a full erection will be prevented.
#1 Health Problem That Causes ED
There are different diseases that can cause erectile dysfunction. However, today I’m going to quickly discuss the #1 causing health problem, which accounts for over 70% of physical-related causes of ED and that’s a vascular!1,2
Simply stated, vascular diseases affect your blood vessels and restrict blood flow to your heart, brain, and in the case of ED — your penis.
In fact, more specifically, atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of your arteries, accounts for almost 60% of ED cases in men over the age of 55! 1,3
Erectile Dysfunction – A Sign Of Heart Problem?
What’s interesting is that the newest research shows that men with ED typically also have heart problems.5 Thus, ED is a pre-warning sign that you may have heart problems in the future because you have a buildup of plaque and calcium in your blood vessels.5
How To Support Healthy Blood Flow
The older we get, the worse our circulation becomes. This affects your entire body – from head to your two, inside and out. Remember, your blood contains oxygen, youthful hormones, and nutrients to feed all of your cells.
So you must have healthy circulation for better health and longevity and this first starts with improving your lifestyle. This means:
- Reduce or eliminate fried fats. Eat natural, raw fats – raw nuts and seeds, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, fish oils, and similar uncooked fats.
- Choose wild-caught fish and cage-free poultry more often than red meat.
- Eliminate dairy, sugars, and caffeine.
- Exercise more.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Lose extra weight.
- Eat more soluble fiber. Good sources are fruits, beans, peas, oats, and fiber supplements.
- Manage stress and get more rest.
These are the basics and I’m sure you already know most of these suggestions. Lifestyle improvements take time to see the benefits, so please be patient!
However, you have to make the changes, or else things will only get worse.
Faster Results, With Less Effort
Your next option if you want faster results with less effort, is to take specific herbs, vitamins, and minerals that are clinically proven to help support healthy blood flow and circulation. While also strengthens your vascular system and makes your blood vessels and arteries more flexible, to help prevent heart problems.
This all translates to a healthy heart, mind, and of course, better, harder and stronger erections.
However, important supplements you should take specifically for healthy blood flow are:
- Vit C, D3, E, and K2-7. In addition to a good magnesium blend with calcium.
- Amino Acids: N-Acetyl L-Cysteine and a specific Carnitine blend.
- Extracts: Ginger, Green Tea, White Willow, and Nattokinase
The above combination works wonders and this is exactly what I’ve used with my own father for healthy blood flow after he had a stroke. And he saw and felt results in less than 30 days.
If you want to finally fix your ED problems and dramatically improve your sex drive, make sure you improve your hormones and don’t forget to ALSO support healthy blood flow.
Your heart, mind, AND penis will thank you!
- Thomson IM, Tangen CM, Goodman PJ, et al. Erectile Dysfunction and Subsequent Cardiovascular Disease. JAMA. 2005;294(23):2996-3002.
- Böhm M, Baumhäkel M, Teo K, et al. Erectile Dysfunction Predicts Cardiovascular Events in High-Risk Patients Receiving Telmisartan, Ramipril, or Both. Circulation. 2010;121:1439-1446.
- National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Erectile dysfunction. http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/ED/index.aspx Accessed 4/27/2012.
- National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. What I Need to Know about Erection Problems. http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/KUDiseases/pubs/ED_EZ/index.aspx Accessed 4/27/2012.
- Schwartz BG, et al. Cardiovascular implications of erectile dysfunction. Circulation. 2011;123:e609.