There is a lack of strong scientific proof that vitamin supplements can improve erectile function. ED is often treatable with prescription medications or medical procedures, however, getting enough vitamins, either in your diet or with the help of supplements, is a healthy goal.
Talk with your doctor first about taking vitamins and other supplements. If you take certain medications, you may need to be careful of taking large doses of vitamins. Too much of anything, even something healthy like a vitamin, can cause health problems.
What Vitamins Are Good for Erectile Dysfunction?
DHEA: Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
DHEA is a hormone produced in the adrenal glands. It’s a natural booster of hormones like testosterone and estrogen. Low levels of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) are found in some men with ED.
Citrulline and L-arginine
Citrulline is an amino acid, may cause blood vessels to relax, similarly to how Viagra works. It is the precursor of arginine, another amino acid which widens blood vessels. Watermelon is a source for citrulline.
Vitamin D is primarily known for its role in bone health and endocrine diseases such as diabetes. Researchers have suggested that Vitamin D plays a role in sexual function.
“Recent clinical works have suggested that low vitamin D levels may somehow be associated with the occurrence of sexual disturbances, especially erectile dysfunction, even if not all the studies agree on this point,” wrote the researchers. “These results need confirmation because of their potential revolutionary approach to the treatment of sexual dysfunction.”
Researchers found that higher levels of 25(OH) vitamin D were significantly associated with high values of total testosterone and all of the IIEF questionnaire parameters. Furthermore, higher testosterone levels were significantly and positively associated with increased levels of erectile function and IIEF scores.
In the subsample that received vitamin D supplementation, total and free testosterone levels increased and erectile function improved.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B3 is commonly used for vascular conditions, a daily dose vitamin B3 improves erectile function in men with high cholesterol, a new study finds.
The results show that the 80 men who took niacin and began the study with moderate or severe erectile dysfunction (ED) reported an improvement in their ability to maintain an erection. The 80 men who took a placebo pill, who also began the study with only mild ED, did not have a change in symptoms.
Too much niacin can cause problems such as ulcers, gout, arrhythmias and increased risk of stroke.
Niacin is naturally found in foods like turkey, avocado and peanuts
Folic acid (Vitamin B9)
Folic Acid is linked to nitric oxide production and erectile response. Folic acid can be found in oranges, leafy green vegetables, bread, grains, cereals, pasta, rice and beans.
Zinc helps regulate testosterone levels in some men, which may help with ED symptoms