Maybe there are healthier alternatives to Viagra?

GinsengVersusViagraErectile dysfunction, or trouble ‘getting it up,’ is referred to by Dr. Joseph Mercola and other medical professionals as the “canary in the trousers,” as it reflects body-wide endothelial dysfunction, a precursor to cardiovascular problems.

Men in the 35 to 45 age range experience what is  called ‘andropause,’ a period when erotic hormones such as testosterone begin a steep decline. For the last few years Big Pharma has been reaping big rewards from Viagra, which temporarily mimics some of these natural bodily processes. However, like all pharmaceutical drugs that promise and sometimes deliver instant relief, Viagra does not address underlying conditions.

Also, side effects need to be considered. All drugs have side effects. Vision is a big one with Viagra. Most people do not realize that pilots are forbidden to take Viagra within six hours of flight. It can open the arteries in the brain’s lining, causing severe headaches, even sometimes leading to heart attacks. Viagra can lead to addiction so strong that it is virtually impossible to have a normal sex life without ‘the fix.’

And most scary and famous  of all? There can be a longlasting painful erection. Worry about not ‘getting it up?’ Try the painful and embarrassing situation of not being able to ‘get it down!’ Physicians should be familiar with the medical background before prescribing Viagra to any patient.

So… here are a few natural alternatives, tried and true through eons when guys didn’t have the ‘advantage’ of Viagra.

And no side effects.

The number one natural treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) is L-arginine, a natural amino acid that can correct the endothelial dysfunction by increasing the blood flow.

Another helpful natural supplement is pycnogenol, a formulation of maritime pine bark extract.

Ginseng is an Asian herb that has been used for thousands of years as an aid to fertility and sexual relations. Today clinical trials conclude that there is “suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of red ginseng in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.”

Maca, a South American tuber is another oldie long used as a general food and medicine and also recognized as a means to increase libido and fertility in both men and women.

Saffron is an historical ‘sacred spice,’ prized as a culinary ingredient and a libido aid. Medicine today has found that saffron helps ED after 10 days of 20 mg daily treatments.

Green tea–you may not have expected this one for ED, but green tea has been identified by modern scientists as a super-powerful source of antioxidants, which could well address the source of ED in addition to improving the symptoms.

All of these can be obtained at health food stores and some supermarkets.

Modern studies have also linked physical inactivity with ED, so get your exercise and eat REAL whole and not processed food, a diet consistent with man’s biological heritage. And…be aware that anti-depressant medications are a major cause of ED, as are statin drugs, which are known to be cardiotoxic.

Source: http://healthydebates.com

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