Nothing messes with a man’s head more than an episode of erectile dysfunction (ED). It can make even the most confident guy start to question his manhood.
ED can be an upsetting – and embarrassing – topic for men and their doctors. Which is why many health experts (including me) believe that research estimating that 10 per cent of the world’s population suffers from ED is way too low.
The fact is, if you’re a senior suffering from ED, you’re not alone. When you’re in your 20s you have around a 6.5 per cent chance of experiencing ED. But as your age rises, your risk for ED jumps right along with it. By the time you reach 75 (and beyond) that risk will have climbed up to 77.5 per cent.
But first let me explain what’s really causing your ED.
From diabetes to drugs… ED has many triggers
Carrying around extra pounds, smoking and diabetes will all raise your risk of experiencing erection issues. In some studies, about half of the men with diabetes report having erectile dysfunction. Add to that the number of men who have ED due to heart disease, and that accounts for 70 per cent of all cases of the disorder.
But the most overlooked – and perhaps easily correctable – cause of erectile issues is prescription medications. ED is a stunningly common side effect of a many popular drugs.
Using the SIDER 2, an online side effects resource tool, I’ve counted no fewer than 84 prescription drugs that list erectile dysfunction as a side effect! Some of the main culprits are:
Antidepressants and anti-anxiety agents. That
’s a huge problem because many doctors wrongly assume ED issues are psychological and prescribe these drugs.
Cardiac medications. Calcium channel blockers, angiotensin II antagonists and non-selective beta blockers have all been linked to ED. All three classes are widely used to treat heart disease and hypertension, making it likely that much of the ED attributed to heart disease is actually a side effect of these drugs.
ED medications like Viagra and Cialis. Believe it or not, these pills can actually worsen heart disease (and ED associated with heart disease), and can create a dangerous situation when combined with certain cardiac drugs.
Tackle erectile dysfunction with this triple threat
Fortunately, my research has led me to a natural three-part combo that is safe… that’s been proven to help restore erectile function… and could give you your mojo back in a hurry.
In a breakthrough study published in the World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, researchers found that a combination of L-arginine, Pycnogenol and Red ginseng may help treat erectile dysfunction in most guys.
Better blood flow means stronger erections
L-arginine has many roles in the body, but its main uses are tied to its ability to form a substance called nitric oxide (NO). One of NO’s primary functions is to relax blood vessels, including those located in the muscles of the corpus callosum, the channels of the penis that engorge with blood during sexual arousal.
When there’s more NO present there’s greater blood flow into the penis resulting in a stronger erection.
In fact, drugs like Viagra work by enhancing the effect of nitric oxide on the penis – but they still need L-arginine to produce the NO.
A number of studies, including some double-blind placebo-controlled crossover studies, have confirmed L-arginine’s unique ability to relieve ED. But combining it with Pycnogenol and Red ginseng seems to supercharge its effects.
Bark leads to dramatically increased blood flow
Pycnogenol, extracted from the bark of French pine trees, is a potent antioxidant and
The extract is one case in which the whole really does exceed the sum of its parts. When studied separately the individual flavonoids and other organic acids found in Pycnogenol don’t do very much for ED.
But together they form a powerful synergistic response. Pycnogenol dramatically increases overall blood flow, especially to the sexual organs.
Keeping it real with Korean ginseng
Korean Red ginseng (also known as Panax or Asian ginseng) shouldn’t be confused with Siberian ginseng. The Siberian variety doesn’t contain the ginsenosides that scientists believe are the active, and therapeutic, ingredients found in the other ginsengs. So be sure to read the label to make sure you’re getting the right kind.
Combo leads to over 90% improvement!
In one recent study, 40 men ages 25-45 with documented ED were given oral L-arginine for a month. The dose was relatively low, but the researchers did record a mild positive effect.
In the second month, 40mg of Pycnogenol was added twice a day. The results were incredible… the men had a nearly 80 per cent improvement.
But the researchers didn’t stop there. They bumped up the dose of Pycnogenol in the third month and the improvement skyrocketed to over 90 per cent!
Red ginseng, the third component of this ‘magic’ ED formula, is no slouch either.
Sometimes called Korean ginseng, Panax ginseng or Asian ginseng – and abbreviated KRG – Red ginseng is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to increase stamina, strength and virility in men. And research reveals why.
KRG is very effective and exceptionally safe
Several studies have confirmed that KRG can be used to both treat, and prevent, male sexual dysfunction. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study – published in the Asian Journal of Andrology – 80 men with documented ED were given either 1,000mg of KRG or a placebo. The results were uniformly positive.
In another study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, researchers pored over 28 studies on the use of KRG to treat ED. They identified seven which were of high enough quality to include in their meta-analysis.
The analysis revealed that not only did KRG perform significantly better than a placebo, but that the herbal remedy was also exceptionally safe to use.
In fact, one great thing about this combination of L-arginine, Pycnogenol and Red ginseng for male sexual dysfunction is its safety record. And this is essential in an ED remedy, since the potential side effects of Viagra, Cialis and other common ED drugs aren’t tolerated well by many men, and are dangerous to some.
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 9, Issue 9, September 2015