When living with erectile dysfunction (ED), you may be willing to try anything to get your sex life back on track. Some research suggests that supplementation with vitamin D, red ginseng, L-alanine, L-carnitine, Tribulus terrestris, and citrulline can help treat mild to moderate ED. In some cases, they may even improve the effectiveness of medications like Viagra. However, it is still a matter of debate whether or not these supplements work as a treatment for ED.
Fenugreek is one supplement that has been studied in clinical trials and found to produce significant increases in sexual arousal and orgasm without experiencing adverse effects. Maca supplements appear safe, but there is limited evidence that they improve sexual health. Vitamin B3 (niacin) can help your erections by increasing blood flow to the penis. Turkey, avocado, and peanuts are foods rich in niacin.
A combination of L-arginine, L-citrulline, roburins, and pycnogenol can improve sperm quality in men. A meta-analysis of 24 studies involving 2,080 men with ED found that ginseng “significantly improved erectile function” and “could be an effective herbal treatment for erectile dysfunction”. Yohimbine is a common ingredient in supplements sold as aphrodisiacs or male sexual enhancers. Arginine supplements are still being debated for their effectiveness in treating ED since they can break down too quickly for the body to use.
It is important to talk to your healthcare provider before taking any supplements or herbs for ED. While natural supplements can be a good way to improve your overall health when used safely, there is limited evidence that they work as a treatment for ED.