According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, more than half of men are suffering from erectile dysfunction. At around age forty an estimated forty percent of the population already battle with the condition and at seventy about seventy percent of the male population have erectile dysfunction.

Erectile Dysfunction, formerly referred to as impotence, is a common problem in middle-aged men. It is a condition that prevents sexual intercourse from taking place because the penis fails to achieve a full and firm erection.

For men, being plagued by erectile dysfunction is like being told that they have stage-4 cancer. They must have been informed that erectile dysfunction means saying goodbye to an active and exciting sex life. While it’s true that having erectile dysfunction can possibly ruin a satisfying sex life, unlike cancer, it can be remedied even outside the coverage of standard treatments like pumps, implants, and surgery and pharmaceutical medications. Apparently, news got out that ED can be treated through the use of inexpensive natural methods.

  • Propionyl-L-Carnitine

A study done on ninety six men who had ED showed improved erectile function after being given propionyl-L-carnitine. The study examined two forms of carnitine. One is propionyl-L-carnitine and the other acetyl-L-carnitine. These two forms of carnitine were given to these men after they had prostate surgery. One group was given a placebo pill while the other took propionyl-L-carnitine at about two grams per day and an additional acetyl-L-carnitine also two grams per day as well as sildenafil or Viagra but only when needed. The third group was given solely Viagra.

At the end of the study it was concluded that those who took the two forms of carnitine showed improved erectile function, were satisfied with their sexual intercourse, achieved orgasm and experienced a general sexual well-being than those who took the placebo pill and the Viagra.

Propionyl-L-carnitine, by the way, is an amino acid that is produced in the body naturally. Aside from enhancing sexual performance in men diagnosed with ED, propionyl-L-carnitine has also been sued to treat leg pain and congestive heart failure.

  • L-Arginine

Another kind of amino acid that is useful in treating erectile dysfunction is L-Arginine. This amino acid is used by our body to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a substance that sends signals to smooth muscle tissues enclosing blood vessels to relax allowing blood to flow freely through it. When blood vessels relax blood flow increases. When blood vessels leading to the penis dilate erection follows suit. L-arginine can be found in dairy products, fish, poultry and meat. You can also take oral supplements of L-arginine if you want to.

In one particular study, fifty men were given L-arginine about five grams per day and placebo pills. Those who took L-arginine reported improved sexual function compared to those who took the placebo pill. However, L-arginine isn’t as beneficial to those who have ulcers as it stimulates the body to produce gastrin. Gastrin is a hormone that acts to increase stomach acid. Clearly, those with ulcers aren’t advised to take it.

  • Zinc

Men who had significantly low amounts of zinc often suffered from erectile dysfunction. You can replenish this loss by taking supplements that contain zinc. Men who are deficient in zinc should consume foods like cooked oysters, beef, lamb, spinach, pumpkin, nuts, cocoa, chocolate, beans, mushrooms, pork and chicken.

  • Tongkat Ali

Men who took Tongkat Ali extract showed dramatic improvements in erectile function. This is because Tongkat Ali increases levels of free testosterone in the body. This testosterone is responsible for maintaining sexual stamina and sexual arousal. Tongkat Ali also enhances sexual performance and in most cases has shown to treat impotence, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

However, it is important to bear in mind that you need your doctor’s approval before you take any supplements no matter how safe or effective these are.




Ira Deano – A registered nurse working for, is an avid health writer who keeps herself abreast of the latest research and studies on Tongkat Ali Extract and Health Topics. She believes in the benefits of continued learning and aims to inspire and make the world a better place for both men and women through her writings.



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