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Supplements for Erectile Dysfunction

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Which supplements help with erectile dysfunction?

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As discussed in the Encyclopedia article about Erectile Dysfunction, there are several natural treatments which may be modestly helpful for erectile dysfunction.

For example, as discussed in ConsumerLab.com's Ginseng Supplements Review, Korean red ginseng has been shown in several clinical studies to improve erectile function in men with mild to moderate dysfunction. As noted in the Concerns and Cautions section, however, ginseng may affect blood sugar levels, and therefore should be used only with caution and under medical supervision in people with diabetes.

As discussed in the L-Arginine Supplements Review, there is some evidence that arginine supplements may be helpful for men with erectile dysfunction.

Certain forms of carnitine (propionyl-l-carnitine combined with acetyl-l-carnitine) have been shown in a clinical study to improve erectile function, and, in another study, propionyl-l-carnitine was shown to increase the effectiveness of sildenafil (Viagra) in men with diabetes who had previously failed to respond to the drug. ConsumerLab.com has tested carnitine supplements in its Acetyl-L-Carnitine Review.

As discussed in the Maca Supplements Review, maca root powder may slightly improve erectile function in young men with mild erectile dysfunction. It has also been found to significantly increase sexual desire (libido), in men.

DHEA may improve erectile dysfunction in men with low levels of this hormone, as noted in ConsumerLab.com's DHEA Supplements Review.

The compound yohimbine, from yohimbe bark, is marginally helpful for erectile dysfunction. ConsumerLab.com has tested supplements containing yohimbine as part of its Review of Sexual Enhancement Supplements. However, as noted in the Concerns and Cautions section, be aware that yohimbine may cause changes in blood pressure and have other adverse effects, as well as interact with certain medications.

Although epimedium (horny goat weed) is commonly promoted for erectile dysfunction, there is little evidence to support this use. Evidence and dosage for these and other enhancement supplement ingredients, including ginkgo, and deer velvet antler, plus safety concerns and potential drug interactions, and our tests of the quality of popular products, are found in the Review of Sexual Enhancement Supplements.

Rarely, erectile dysfunction and loss of libido have been reported when taking beta-sitosterol, which is found in certain Prostate Supplements as well as some Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements.

Be aware that many sexual enhancement supplements have been found to contain undeclared sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and related compounds, which could pose dangers, particularly as the amounts and identities of these compounds are not disclosed on labels (see the list of Warnings for supplements found to contain these drugs).

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Anthony17301   November 18, 2018
I took 1XD from Nutri shop and I experienced an increase in libido and felt great from it. But after 3 months my hair started to fall out so I stopped taking it and had blood work done on me at with my doctor.
I had low testosterone but that was normal for a man my age (50 around that time) but my panel of blood work showed I was in good health.
My doctor told me that products like 1XD can cause hair loss, like what occurred with me.

Don17303   November 19, 2018
The hair issue may have been excess DHT, a metabolite of testosterone, which should be monitored with any T replacement or boosting therapy. DIM is used to reverse excess DHT.

In my view, one doesn't get into T strategies until pregnenolone and DHEA are first measured and dealt with.

There's lab tests for all this, some in concert with the whole androgens tree like the DUTCH test.

chad11469   December 7, 2016
Interesting there is no mention of hibiscus tea. It increases blood flow and gets things working downstairs. I don't have dysfunction issues but when I drink this tea, lets just say I definitely notice it.

ConsumerLab.com   December 14, 2016
Hi Chad - We aren't aware of any clinical studies on the effects of hibiscus for this use, but thank you for sharing your experience. You can find more information in the Encyclopedia article about hibiscus: https://www.consumerlab.com/tnp.asp?chunkiid=108309

FRANK9840   June 20, 2016
Stay away from GENERIC VIAGRAS! They did not work on me, and two of my Doctors AGREED THAT Generic Viagras don't work as well as the Brand Name Viagra--which ONLY Donald Trump can afford!!!!! I

I have NO financial interests in any ED Medicines!!

John11479   December 7, 2016
It depends on the generic form. A prescription for sildenafil citrate, the generic name for Viagra, will provide the chemical in Viagra, and should have the same effect as the brand name drug. It did for me.

Sildenafil citrate is the active ingredient in Viagra as well as in Revatio, another drug. The patent on Viagra is still in effect; the patent on Revatio has expired. I suggest you discuss a prescription for sildenafil citrate with your doctor, and check the latest prices at GoodRx.com. The last I checked, the lowest price was $10- for 30 pills, 20 mg each.

ConsumerLab.com   December 7, 2016
If it interests you, Viagra is sold at much lower prices in other countries -- often 80% lower or better. Although it remains technically illegal for Americans to personally import medication from other countries, the FDA has not stopped individuals from doing this.

You can find prices on brand-name Viagra from licensed pharmacies in other countries, such as Canada, the UK, and New Zealand on PharmacyChecker.com, which was started 14 years ago by ConsumerLab.com's founder. Here's the link for Viagra prices: https://www.pharmacychecker.com/brand/viagra-prices

Fred11514   December 15, 2016
I TAKE BETWEEN 1000 - 1500MG OF L-ARGININE DAILY, I HAVE FOUND IT GIVES ME MORE ENERGY AND ALSO DEFINITELY HELPS WITH ERECTION. IT ALSO APPARENTLY IS BENEFICIAL
FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.
I AM TOTALLY AN INDEPENDENT CONSUMER, NO FINANCIAL INTEREST WHATSOEVER.

peter11488   December 7, 2016
ginkgo biloba is the best to try first as lack of blood is the under lying problem, worked wonders for me at 65yrs

Helen11753   February 27, 2017
What dosage and how long was it before difference was noted?

This CL Answer initially posted on 6/20/2015. Last updated 8/3/2017.

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