Diet and Home Remedies
Home, lifestyle and home remedies can help prevent or treat erectile dysfunction (ED).
There are more natural ways to help erectile dysfunction if you want to avoid medications, instruments, or surgeries.
Increasing your level of activity and changing what you eat can make a difference. Some men can also try alternative treatments for ED or at home.
It is important to discuss your plans with your doctor before attempting a natural or alternative approach.
Diet and food related to reducing the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Researchers in the Massachusetts Men’s Aging Study found that what you eat could reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction.
The following foods are associated with low risk:
Other research has shown that special foods such as dark chocolate, pistachios, watermelon, pink grapefruit and tomatoes can help relieve symptoms.
In addition, it is more likely to develop ED in males with chronic B12 vitamins that consume more processed meat and refined grains.
Exercise and risk of erectile dysfunction.
Recent research has shown that the exercise of moderate to severe aerobic physical activity can reduce the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
The simple walk can be a good activity to try. According to one study, 30 minutes of walking a day was associated with a 41% decrease in the risk of ED.
But the benefits of exercise may be less important in men with heart disease or other underlying medical conditions.
Talk with your doctor about the amount of physical activity you should incorporate into your daily and weekly routine.
Erectile Dysfunction and Counseling.
Consulting a psychologist or other mental health professional can help improve your symptoms. You may want to take your partner to counseling sessions to discuss ways to encourage others. If you do not know where to start looking for advice, consult your doctor or urologist.
Some men take supplements or try other forms of alternative medicine to treat their dysfunction problem.
Check with your doctor before taking any supplement. Some products can be dangerous, especially if you have other medical problems or if you take certain medications.
Beware of products labeled as “Herbal Viagra”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings for certain products labeled “Herbal Viagra.” These products are not identical to the prescription medication called Viagra (whose active ingredient is sildenafil). You should know that many of these supplements can cause unwanted side effects and have not proven effective.
Some common supplements for erectile dysfunction include:
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