by: Dr. Craig A. Maxwell
Are you living with erectile dysfunction? Millions of men just like you are struggling with the same problem so rest assured, you’re not alone. If ED symptoms are causing trouble in your personal relationship, you might have thought the only solution was asking your doctor for a bottle of “little blue pills.” Unfortunately, prescription ED pills can have some terrible side effects associated with them.
The other problem with this approach to erectile dysfunction is it does nothing to address any underlying medical conditions you may have. Symptoms of ED are just that, symptoms. Erectile dysfunction isn’t a disease in and of itself; it’s a symptom of another problem going on in your body.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is characterized by the inability to get or maintain an erection for the purposes of sexual intercourse.
The Truth about Erectile Dysfunction
As I mentioned above, the symptoms of ED could indicate a more serious health problem. The most common medical conditions associated with erectile dysfunction are diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and prostate disease.
The irony of this is the treatment for these conditions can also be a contributor to male impotence. Prescription drugs that treat anxiety, depression, diabetes, and high cholesterol all have ‘erectile dysfunction’ as a side effect.
It’s enough to make any man wonder where he’s supposed to turn!
A thorough blood test I use is Dr. Maxwell’s Comprehensive Test Panel for Men. No doctor’s order is necessary. This test profile may be ordered online and the slip taken to any LabCorp for drawing. The results are sent directly to you. They may also be sent to your doctor if you wish. This test profile rules out many of the underlying causes of erectile dysfunction.
Understanding the Symptoms of ED
No matter the cause of your erectile dysfunction, the underlying factor in nearly every case of male impotence is poor blood circulation.
Let’s take a closer look at each medical condition and how it can lead to the symptoms of ED:
Oftentimes, a man will go to the doctor to get help with ED and come home with a diagnosis of diabetes. Erectile dysfunction is a common first symptom of diabetes. In diabetic men, elevated blood glucose levels causes damage to nerves and blood vessels responsible for healthy blood circulation and sexual arousal.
Men living with depression often have difficulty with erectile dysfunction due to a combination of performance anxiety and loss of libido.
High Blood Pressure
Men with high blood pressure often experience ED symptoms due to blood vessel damage.
High cholesterol interferes with the body’s ability to produce nitric oxide, an essential component in achieving and maintaining an erection.
Prostate disease and erectile dysfunction go hand in hand. The inflammation associated with prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a leading cause of male impotence.
Prescriptions: Help With ED at a Dangerous Price
With so many causes of erectile dysfunction, millions of men are lining up for prescription erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra and Cialis. The problem with this approach is that not only does it not successfully treat the underlying medical cause of ED symptoms; these pills can also cause serious side effects.
Possible side effects associated with prescription impotence drugs include:
Severe Allergic Reaction
Numbness of Arms and Legs
Loss of Color Vision
Also, it is imperative that men taking nitroglycerine for angina or other heart-related problems never take Viagra, Cialis, Levitra or any other prescription erectile dysfunction pill. These prescription drugs should never be mixed with medication for ED or excessive amounts of alcohol.
How to Fix ED with L-Arginine
Just because you have erectile dysfunction does not mean you have to go to the doctor just to get a prescription for ED. Instead of simply masking the symptoms, I believe in ruling out and/or treating common medical causes of impotence. This way, your body is healthier, stronger, and ready for natural sexual activity without the need for synthetics.
Here are the two dietary supplements I recommend for my male patients with ED symptoms:
Diamond Nutritionals’ Foundation Vitamins
Many men either don’t take a multivitamin supplement or they don’t take the right kind. Store-bought commercial multivitamins are often loaded with additives, dyes, and preservatives.
When you choose Diamond Nutritionals’ Foundation Vitamins, you’re making a real investment in your total health and wellness. The more nutrients your body receives and absorbs, the better you’ll feel and function as a man.
Foundation’s fortifying ingredients include:
o Vitamin A – 7,500 IU
o Vitamin C – 500 mg
o Vitamin D3 – 500 IU
o Vitamin E – 100 IU
o Vitamin K – 50 mcg
o Thiamine – 25 mg
o Riboflavin – 25 mg
o Niacin – 25 mg
o Vitamin B6 – 38 mg
o Folic Acid – 400 mcg
o Vitamin B12 – 500 mcg
o Biotin – 200 mcg
o Panthothenic Acid – 150 mg
o Calcium – 100 mg
o Iodine – 113 mcg
o Magnesium – 200 mg
o Zinc – 10 mg
o Selenium – 100 mcg
o Copper – 1 mg
o Manganese – 2.5 mg
o Chromium – 200 mcg
o Molybdenum – 25 mcg
o Potassium – 50 mg
o Choline Bitartrate USP – 50 mg
o Inositol – 50 mg
o Mixed Tocopherols – 50 mg
o Lipoic Acid – 25 mg
o N-Acetyl-Cysteine USP – 25 mg
o Rutin – 25 mg
o Lutein – 3 mg
o Boron – 1.5 mg
o Lycopene – 1 mg
o Vanadyl Sulfate Hydrate – 1 mg
Diamond Nutritionals’ L-Arginine Supplement
L-Arginine is an amino acid necessary for the production of protein and it has been used successfully for decades to treat a wide variety of conditions including erectile dysfunction.
See, what your primary care physician probably didn’t tell you is that L-Arginine works very similarly to the active ingredient in Viagra (sildenafil citrate) without the side effects. So why take that little blue pill if you don’t have to?
Diamond Nutritional’s L-Arginine Supplement helps reverse ED symptoms by naturally and safely increasing the levels of nitric oxide in the body. This helps relax the blood vessels and muscles in the penis and improves blood circulation. With L-Arginine, you’ll be able to achieve and maintain an erection because blood flow has improved.
In addition to treating erectile dysfunction, L-Arginine also helps treat many of the conditions that cause ED symptoms. According to a study published by the American Heart Association, this amino acid helps strengthen the heart and improve blood circulation in patients with heart disease and circulatory disorders. Another study concluded that L-Arginine completely blocks the progression of plaque in patients with high cholesterol! I recommend taking 750 mg. of L-Arginine twice daily as part of a good health plan to maintain healthy levels of nitric oxide. L-Arginine is very important to take on a regular basis for both erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular health.
More Natural Help with ED
Since erectile dysfunction is a complex problem, it cannot be cured with prescription drugs or even supplements alone. For a man to function and feel his best, he must take good care of his health. This means making dietary changes, getting healthy amounts of exercise, and handling the emotional component of his relationship.
- Dietary Changes
Obese men often experience erectile dysfunction because testosterone levels shrink while estrogen levels rise. One of the simplest and easiest ways to combat erectile dysfunction is to get healthy and boost your natural testosterone levels. This means ditching the junk and fried food and opting for whole-food nutrition instead.
To boost your testosterone levels naturally, eat plenty of protein, healthy fat, and organic vegetables. Food like grass-fed beef, chicken, turkey, fish, beans, vegetables, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, and walnuts give your body the well-rounded nutrition it needs to stave off illness and function at its best.
Men who don’t exercise are at increased risk for erectile dysfunction. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity, circulatory problems, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes and these are the common causes of erectile dysfunction.
Working out at least 3 times per week using a combination of cardio and strength training can practically work miracles in preventing these diseases and ensuring erectile dysfunction doesn’t affect your personal relationship.
When it comes to dealing with impotence the right way, it’s important not to neglect the psychological component. Now isn’t the time to turn away from your partner. Now is the time to sit down and discuss what you’re going through and how it’s affecting your relationship. Your significant other will be grateful and relieved that it’s a medical condition, and not loss of interest, that’s made things difficult in the bedroom lately.
Erectile dysfunction doesn’t mean the end of an intimate relationship. Before considering yet another prescription, try making a few dietary changes and adding Diamond Nutritional’s L-Arginine
This doctor sure knows his stuff. I’m not ashamed to admit that at 60, my “vigor” shall we say, isn’t what it used to be. Viagra gave me terrible side effects. L-Arginine is the safer way to go and works just fine for me (and my wife). No complaints here anymore. 😉
I took 2,000 mcg of biotin daily.
It stopped my hair loss in less than a week.
But it is bad for my penis, and I hope the ED (erectile dysfunction) is temporary.
In my experience, when taking biotin for hair, skin, or nails, it is better to take it in a balanced combination product.
This works much better, and you don’t need mega doses of biotin. That way you avoid potential side effects.
I have used Diamond Nutritionals’ Skin, Hair and Nails Formula http://askdrmaxwell.com/shop/skin-hair-and-nail-formula/ with my patients for many years with good success.
I believe you will find it quite helpful.
All My Best,
I am taking citrilline instead of arginine, with many other supplements. Haven’t really noticed a discernible effect from it. Is there a reason you recommend arginine instead? I may switch, or take both, but am interested to know your opinion.
Hello Mr. Bray,
Thank you for contacting me. Both are good, and may be used together. With my patients over the years,
I have found that 1,500 MG. of Diamond Nutritionals’ L-Arginine daily works better, and also has great benefits for the
entire cardiovascular system.
All My Best,
Hi Dr. Maxwell
My Doctor put me on every day use Cialis. He said 5 mg but that wasn’t working so I increased to 10mg every
day and that works much better. The other day I got limp during sex for the first time in about 4 months and
I got worried the Cialis might be wearing off. I know I’m supposed to take 5mg every day. Am I harming myself
doing 10mg every day? I am VERY healthy for 68. I lift weights and jog. I went on line and found a shake called The Sex Shake
which Dr Ridwan Shabsigh Associate Professor of Urology at Columbia University said works great. I went on Medscape and all the ingredients interacted with Cialis except Choline Bitarate wasn’t on Medscape. It looks like it promotes nitric oxide. It says put 1 tsp choline bitartate powder in with the other ingredients (zinc sulfate, gingerroot, ginseng, selenium, and choline)
in a blender. I just worry that it might interact with the Cialis? I saw your Multi Vitamins. I am going to buy some. Your response is appreciated
Hello Mr. Gaffney,
Thank you for contacting me. Depending on your medical history, your physician will be able to adjust, or change, or dose of Cialis accordingly.
For my patients, I prefer the supplements/protocol as outlined in this article.