The airwaves are filled with commercials offering hope for the millions of men who suffer from erectile dysfunction.  The inability to achieve or sustain an erection can be physically and emotionally devastating. Millions of men have come to depend on the effects of the “little blue pill” to keep the romance alive in their relationships. Because the prescription medications for ED have unpleasant side effects, many men have opted for natural remedies.
Some of the natural ED products on the market contain Yohimbine which comes from the bark of an evergreen tree that grows in West Africa.  Yohimbine is currently under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration because it can have dangerous side effects such as renal failure, increased heart rate, hypertension, fluid retention, chest pain, seizures and respiratory problems.
Yohimbine affects the central nervous system, and may cause anxiety, irritability, tremors and insomnia.   Many holistic practitioners believe that the risks associated with Yohimbine outweigh any benefits it might have for men with ED.
Fortunately, there are some natural supplements that can effectively treat ED without the dangerous side effects posed by Yohimbine.  Maca root, which is often referred to as “Mother Nature’s aphrodisiac” has been used for centuries to improve libido. It gets its power from 31 different vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants which help regulate hormone levels and boost sexual potency. It is considered safe and no serious side effects have been reported. Maca is available in several forms including tablets, capsules and a powder that can be sprinkled on soups, cereals or yogurt.
Nitric oxide inducers, such as arginine, can also safely boost sexual potency. Many cases of impotence occur because the blood vessels in the penis do not dilate enough to allow sufficient blood flow. The most important chemical involved in dilation is nitric oxide. When ingested, arginine stimulates the production of nitric oxide in the body.  Arginine is available as a nutritional supplement and can be purchased online and in natural health stores. Many of the natural ED remedies on the market list arginine as an active ingredient.
If you have ED you should talk with your holistic practitioner to rule out any underlying health problems that may be linked to impotence. ED can be triggered by many factors, including medications, chronic illness, obesity, depression, excessive alcohol use, cigarette smoking and stress. Many cases of ED are linked to decreased blood flow in the penis. Although impotence is more prevalent among men over 50, it can occur at any age. Your practitioner can help you choose the right natural supplement to address your ED symptoms so that you can rekindle your romance and enjoy a healthy, satisfying relationship with the one you love.