One question I always get asked is “How do I get harder erections naturally?” So today I decided to give a little overview of some useful points on this topic.
Luckily, there are some natural treatments that can help men improve their sex lives and get better erections, while avoiding the side-effects of pharmaceutical drugs.
Multi-herbal formulas that contain a wide range of vitamins and herbs tend to work best.
Here’s a list of substances to look for:
Arginine is an essential amino acid. Arginine is the precursor of nitric oxide, which is responsible for maintaining the elascticity of our blood vessels and for blood vessel dilation.
Arginine increases blood flow to the genitals and helps transport oxygen and nutrients to cells in the body. Increasing nitric oxide delivery to the genitals is what some very famous erectile dysfunction drugs do, but arginine is safer and has no side-effects.
Arginine also helps to release human growth hormone (HGH) in the pituitary gland. HGH has been proposed as an anti-aging substance by some of the best anti-aging professionals in the world.
Niacin or vitamin B3.
This aids in increasing blood flow.
Epimedium (horny goat weed extract).
This herb has been used for over 2000 years in China to increase sex drive, after Chinese sheppherds saw that when goats ate it, they increased their sexual activity markedly.
Modern studies show that icariin, a substance found in the plant, increases testosterone production and stimulates nerves throughout the body, especially in the testicles and penis.
Damiana has been used as an aphrodisiac since ancient times by the Maya. In Brazil, it is known to increase sex drive and potency.
Tribulus terrestris has been used in Bulgaria, by Ancient Greek athletes and in and around Pakistan for thousands of years to deal with problems of impotence, erectile dysfunction and infertility.
Tribulus has been studied extensively at the Institutes of Endocrinology and Gynaecology in Bulgaria and now studies have been done all over the world to support the use of this herb as an erection booster. Tribulus, depending on the study, has been shown to increase testosterone production in men by anywhere between 30% and 45%. This, in turn, stimulates the male sex drive.
Many researchers report a positive influence on hardness and duration of erections. Tribulus also seems to increase endurance and develop muscular mass in athletes.
This is an especially important herb for men and the prostate gland. Saw palmetto is known to decrease the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is beneficial for the prostate and for maintaining higher levels of naturally-produced testosterone in the blood.
This is a herbal extract from the oldest tree known to man. Ginkgo has been double-blind tested many times for its ability and has been proven to increase blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain and other bodily tissues, including stimulating blood flow to the penis.
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Common causes of not having good erections are:
This is the most important thing to check out first. Cardiovascular problems can actually cause erectile dysfunction, through narrowing of the arteries, so getting checked by specialist is a very good idea.
Diabetes, multiple sclerosis, brain disorders and prostate problems can be factors. These must also be checked by a specialist.
These are the negative effects of various medical treatments, such as drugs, surgery or radiation treatments.
This occurs when the body does not produce enough sex hormones. This can happen as a result of age (in men, this can begin at early as 30, depending on other factors, but most commonly it begins in the late 30s or early 40s), as the body begins to reduce production of the amounts of the various sex hormones made by the body’s glands.
Stress, anxiety and depression and the associated pharmaceutical drugs.
Two quick examples are nicotine and SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). In other words, some very famous anti-depression drugs. Both nicotine and SSRIs are notorious for causing erectile dysfunction. Obviously, not needing these substances in order to live a fulfilling life would be the best solution here. There are ways to overcome anxiety and depression in a natural way. Look around my site for a few ideas and try to find the right people in your area to help you along the way.
Other legal and illegal drugs.
Smoking and nicotine can cause erectile dysfunction or weak erections. Smoking narrows the arteries and restricts blood flow to the penis. Generally, any toxic substance can ruin sex and erections. Drinking excessive alcohol, using recreational drugs or using too many pharmaceutical drugs can be a serious problem.
Other psychological reasons.
Sometimes it is peoples’ thoughts that can decrease their sex drive or the quality of their erections. Psychological reasons can include worrying about sexual performance, guilt about something related to sex, depression, anxiety, job stress or even just being bored of being with the same woman.
Primatologists say that our closest relatives, the chimpanzees and bonobos, are basically very promiscuous. In humans, only about 1% of sperm is actually fertile and designed to fertilize female eggs. The other 99% are actually kamikaze sperm designed to battle it out with other men’s sperm inside the woman. For more information on this, please check out the book Sperm Wars.
The point to remember is that sometimes there is nothing wrong with a man when he can’t get an erection or can’t get a good erection. It’s just that there’s no attraction there or that he has something else on his mind.