An erect penis has long been a symbol of virility and power. A rigid penis is much more than a tool of reproduction to men; it gives them pleasure, boosts their self-esteem, and fosters a sense of intimacy. Not to mention it’s just fun to have sex.
A lot more than most realise goes into a penis becoming erect. Mood, setting, partner, and even the health of heart and nerves are all part of the equation. Given how “healthy” the average adult man is, it’s not hard to learn erectile dysfunction is becoming a major problem. Around half of all men aged 50-70 report trouble getting and maintaining an erection.
It’s hard to get a grasp on the situation as the complex nature of sexuality and cultural taboos/restrictions can skew things, as does the idea that losing sexual function is just a part of getting old.
The Miracle Pill
The first erectile dysfunction oral drug was created in 1998 with the birth of sildenafil/Viagra. There was a time it was impossible to avoid the word, not to mention the branding, of Viagra. Even as Viagra faded into the background, plenty of other pills entered the market to let men know there would always be a medical answer to the problem of erectile dysfunction.
Soon men were discussing the problem more openly than ever before. All the pills for treating ED and their advertisements made people more aware of the issue and how many people were dealing with it.
Around 30 million men in the United States have some level of erectile dysfunction, which means a lot of money for the people with the miracle “cure”. The popularity and success of pills such as Viagra have led to the rise of other ways to get erections on demand. It’s become a multi-million dollar market as pharmaceutical companies aren’t the only ones cashing in.
There’s profit to be made from any compound that claims to cure sexual dysfunction. Health food stores and drug stores alike are filled with agents that claim to do just that. Most of the “benefits” of these products are based on popular and cultural belief and personal testimonials. There’s not much in the way of scientific evidence, and even the ones that have been studied properly only show mild effects.
An Actual Cure
Of course there’s no such thing as a “miracle cure” in medicine. Pharmaceuticals such as Viagra only provide relief in the short term without actually correcting the problem. They are also expensive and no one understands the long-term risks of using them.
Natural options become attractive because they do much more than just relieve erectile dysfunction and are generally much cheaper than prescription medications.
L-arginine is an amino acid that has been shown to positively affect blood vessel health and function, which improves the ability to gain and maintain erections. Herbs such as maca and panax ginseng have long been used in traditional medicine to promote health and longevity. They benefit overall physical performance, including sexual stamina.
Research has shown that the unhealthy blood vessels of men with heart disease contributes to erectile dysfunction. Over 75% of men with heart disease have erectile problems. Men with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes – along with smokers – also present an increased risk of erectile dysfunction.
At this point it’s almost impossible to deny the link between an unhealthy lifestyle and erectile dysfunction. Habits such as spending too much time at the computer or the TV lead to a sedentary and isolated lifestyle, which leaves the male body soft and lowers testosterone production. Eating too many processed foods and refined carbohydrates also damages the circulatory system. Our nervous systems are constantly being attacked by man-made stressors like cell phones. Is it any wonder men lost their mojo?
As is the case with most things, the best way to treat erectile dysfunction is to prevent it. Don’t accept the idea that erectile dysfunction comes with getting older. Take a good look at your health habits to secure a long and healthy love life.
Five key factors in avoiding erection problems are:
- Healthy relationships
- Sleeping properly
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy diet
- Having positive self-esteem
Being unable to get an erection is a sign that you’ve lost vitality and it shouldn’t be ignored. Address the underlying problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and unhealthy lifestyle choices to finally cure erectile dysfunction.