Vitamins – we take so many of them and they do wonders for our health and well-being. But did you know that vitamins could also potentially help you with erectile dysfunction issues?
Studies have shown that being deficient in certain vitamins can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED), and adding these vitamins back into your diet may help to improve your erection.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction and What Causes It?
Erectile dysfunction(ED) is a condition that makes it difficult for you to get or maintain an erection.
While it is more common in men who are older, it can happen in younger men as well. ED can be caused by a whole host of factors such as health conditions like diabetes or high-blood pressure, or psychological factors like anxiety or depression.
Erectile dysfunction can also be caused by lifestyle and health factors from how much you weigh, how active you are and whether you smoke or not.
Which Vitamins Help With Erectile Dysfunction?
Both minerals and vitamins are fundamental to ensuring your body performs as expected, and that your organs and bones are developing as they should.
As they have vital roles in ensuring good health, if you have a deficiency, it could lead to negative effects on your body and wellbeing. One of the main reasons you could be experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED) may be due to being deficient in one or more of the following vitamins:
– Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is vital in improving your blood flow as it supports the biochemical pathway that helps to release nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is responsible for allowing the soft tissue within the penis to relax, which allows for more blood to flow and creates an erection.
As vitamin C cannot be stored within the body, it is important to ensure your diet is rich in vitamin C daily. Sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits (like oranges, lemons and limes), berries, and tomatoes.
While research is limited, there have been some studies that indicated the possibility of erectile dysfunction being linked to vitamin D deficiency.
In a study done by the Medical University of Silesia, researchers found that men who were deficient in vitamin D had a higher likelihood of experiencing erectile dysfunction than men who had healthy levels of vitamin D.
You can easily get your daily dose of vitamin D just by going outside and basking in the sun. Researchers suggest that you spend between 5 to 30 minutes at least twice a week to get a sufficient level of vitamin D.
You can also consume vitamin D in the form of food or supplements. Common sources of vitamin D-rich foods include fish (like salmon, tuna or sardines), vegetables (like broccoli and carrots), dairy products (like cheese and milk) and mushrooms.
Vitamin B9 – Folic Acid
– Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid, plays an important role in both synthesizing DNA and RNA and producing healthy red blood cells.
In a study done by Wuhan University, researchers found that men who were deficient in folic acid were more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men who had healthy levels of folic acid. Vitamin B9 deficiency is also linked with premature ejaculation.
You can consume vitamin B9 in the form of supplements or food. Common sources of vitamin B9-rich foods included dairy products, eggs, leafy green vegetables (like spinach, lettuce or broccoli), meats and seafood. Vitamin B9 is also commonly found in cereals, breads and other grain products to prevent
Vitamin B3 – Niacin
– Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is important for metabolic function, while also having anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties.
In a study done by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, researchers found that men who experienced erectile dysfunction saw improvements after consuming vitamin B3 over the course of 12 weeks.
You can consume vitamin B3 in the form of supplements or food. Common sources of vitamin B3-rich foods include whole-grain cereals, red meat, fish, eggs and peanuts.
While further research is required, there have been some studies that show a correlation between experiencing erectile dysfunction and having certain vitamin deficiencies.
Should you lack the necessary amounts of vitamin C, D, B9 or B3, there is a possibility that incorporating these vitamins into your diet could help improve your erectile dysfunction. However, should you not be deficient in these vitamins, taking vitamin supplements might not be able to help improve your erectile dysfunction condition.
Jules Loke is part of the Editorial Team for Noah, a digital health clinic for men in Singapore.