June 18

Can Erectile Dysfunction be Reversed?

So you wound up here because you’re wondering if erectile dysfunction can be reversed, right?

Well, the answer to this question is a definite yes….in Most cases.

The bigger question is, how difficult will it be to achieve the results you’re looking for?

As you’ll discover below, this will depend on the reason you’re having erection difficulties in the first place.

For example, if you have porn induced ED, the solution is simple. You just need to commit to breaking the addiction and your wood will eventually return.

On the other hand….

If you have severe vascular issues, it’s going to take more time and energy to reverse the situation, but if you attack the problem aggressively, you can definitely improve your situation.

Now here’s David Jaynes with all the details on how to make it happen…

How to Reverse ED

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So you have ED. That sucks, but it’s not the end of the world.

It’s not even the end of your sex life.

Truth is, unless you’re on your deathbed and about to take the Grim Reaper’s hand, you can improve the hardness, frequency, and duration of your erections. It’s just a matter of making a plan, then working it.

Here are a few of the best ways to do it.

1: Clear Your Pipes to Reverse ED

Blood flow is the core physical component of how your penis gets and stays hard. Anything that impacts blood flow will also impact your erections. Penile plaque impacts blood flow.

When the collagen in your blood vessels breaks down, your body patches it up with calcium. That calcium accumulates and leaves deposits that harden and narrow the vessels and reduce blood flow.

It’s a lot like how the pipes in your house accumulate that nasty residue on their interior walls, and need a snake or Drano treatment every few years.

If the blood vessels in and around your penis accumulate too much plaque, that reduces how much blood gets to your penis…which reduces the strength of your erections.

Use the Linus Pauling Protocol to reduce that plaque.

The protocol was developed by Dr. Linus Pauling, a scientist who investigated the role of vitamins in cardiovascular health. He was kind of a big deal before his death in 1994.

He’s just one of four people to have won more than one Nobel prize.

Pauling’s protocol addresses arterial plaque in general throughout the body, but “throughout the body” includes your penis.

To follow the protocol, you take Vitamin C, L-Lysine, and L-Proline.

These three supplements combine to help clean out the plaque in your blood vessels. That helps with your ED, with the added extra bonus of reducing your chances for things like high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes.

How does it work? I’m glad you asked.

The key here is building and protecting collagen production. That means healthier, more elastic blood vessels, and better blood flow.

  • Vitamin C is the basic building block in lysyl hydroxylase, the enzyme your body needs to make collagen in the first place.
  • L-Lysine and L-Proline are two of the three amino acids your body builds collagen out of. Your body creates  plenty of the third (L-Glycine) on its own. The other two you have to ingest.

The Bottom Line: Take Vitamin C, L-Lysine and L-Proline every day to give your body what it needs to reduce arterial plaque in your member. This will improve blood flow and makes your erections harder.

Learn more about reducing penile plaque and the Linus Pauling protocol here.

2: Eliminate Porn to Reverse ED

Here’s the truth about pornography, no matter what your favorite priests, moms, and feminists might have told you…

It won’t make you blind. It won’t put hair on your palms. It’s not inherently evil, or disgusting. It’s not just for losers who can’t get laid.

But it can give you erectile dysfunction, or make your existing ED worse.

Which, come to think of it, does mean you won’t be able to get laid.

With the internet giving us all an endless supply of not just porn, but the most specialized porn anybody can ask for, this cause of erectile dysfunction is definitely on the rise.

That’s why I talk about it a lot. I mean, a lot.

You can read the links I just dropped for full details on the how and the why of masturbating to porn can simply wreck your sex life.

For now, here’s a quick list of proven ways it does that:

  • Masturbation to pornography can reduce your sensitivity to dopamine, which your brain needs to become sexually aroused
  • Too much porn leads to the “Coolidge Effect” where your brain needs excessive variety in order to get horny, which can lead to erection problems under normal sexual circumstances
  • Masturbating instead of sex can cause all manner of relationship issues, leading to ED from relationship stress.
  • Penis size and women’s reactions in porn can give you an unrealistic expectation for your appearance, size, and performance…which can mean performance-induced erectile dysfunction.

That’s the bad news. But there is good news.

You can just quit. The damage isn’t permanent, and the impact of masturbation on the physical issues leading to ED start to get better in as little as seven days.

It might take a longer while to fix any mental or emotional issues that rose from masturbating too much, and even longer to address what it did to your relationship…but the sooner you stop, the sooner that process begins.

The Bottom Line: Quit jerking off excessively. Especially to hard-core, video pornography.

It’s bad for your penis, your brain, and your relationships.

3: Get Better Sleep to Reverse ED

Here’s something your mom and grandma told you, that it took science until recently to figure out. If you don’t sleep enough, it’s bad for you.

Even though our culture glorifies men who give up sleep to work harder and “crush it,” or simply to show how tough and dedicated they are…

We’re finding more evidence each day to suggest men who get too little shut eye lose the focus and productivity they need to do well at the jobs they’re trying to “crush.”

And it’s even worse for your sexual health. If you’re not getting a solid 7-8 hours a night, you’re doing all kinds of damage to your erectile and hormonal health (source):

Insufficient sleep lowers your testosterone production. Less testosterone = lower libido. Lower libido = less desire and less ability to get hard.

Insufficient sleep harms your cardiovascular health in a variety of ways. As I mentioned in the first entry on this list, poor cardiovascular health means poor erectile health because you rely on blood flow to get hard.

Insufficient sleep can lead to depression, which can cause physical, emotional, and relationship problems with your sexual health.

Insufficient sleep reduces your nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide (NO) is one of the most important chemical components of your body’s process for becoming aroused.

Insufficient sleep increases your stress, and reduces your ability to handle what stress you experience. Stress is the most common emotional and lifestyle factor that can create ED and other sexual health issues.

Finally, a 2009 study found that 70 percent of men with sleep apnea (which causes profound sleep loss) also had erectile dysfunction (source).

This study didn’t look into why either symptom happened, or whether a single cause was at the root of both, but clearly establishes a connection between ED and low quality sleep.

The Bottom Line: Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night or your penis will go on strike.

4: Fix Metabolic Issues to Reverse ED

Your “metabolism” refers to a variety of processes that surround how your body interacts with, takes in, and burns energy.

It’s a big, complex topic.

So it should come as no surprise that some aspects of it also impact your sexual health. The three most important of these are:

High Blood Pressure means restricted blood flow and stress on your body’s tissues. Both of these are so linked to erectile health that 30% of men with high blood pressure also experience ED symptoms (source).

Blood pressure medications aren’t a good long-term fix for this. In fact, Viagra started development as a blood pressure treatment.

Instead, aim for natural methods of lowering your blood pressure

Drink beet juice, eat celery, take an olive leaf extract supplement, and/or drink coconut water. All of these natural fixes have been proven to reduce or eliminate high blood pressure.

High Blood Sugar stresses several aspects of your endocrine system, and can lead to diabetes. Whether it’s full-blown or just incipient, this harms both your blood flow (see above), and your nerve function (which leads to a less sensitive penis).

You can reduce your blood sugar in two ways: eat less refined sugar, and exercise more to burn off the sugar you do eat.

I recommend both. You can also add magnesium, chromium, berberine, and omega 3 fatty acids to your supplement regimen. They all help minimize blood sugar.

Body Fat Around the Waist. Being overweight in general isn’t great for your erectile health, but abdominal fat is especially bad. The presence of abdominal fat stimulates your body’s production of aromatase.

Aromatase is a liver enzyme with the main function of turning your testosterone into estrogen. I don’t need to re-explain why less testosterone might be bad for your erectile health.

Worse, it’s a vicious cycle.

One thing estrogen does is push your body to pack on extra fat, especially around the abdomen and chest. That extra fat means more aromatase, which means more estrogen, which means more fat, which means…

The solution here is to lose weight, which will have the nice side benefit of reducing blood sugar levels as well.

But weight loss is a long-term project…

In the short term, a few supplements that can inhibit your aromatase production include ashwagandha, caffeine, white button mushroom extract, grape seed extract, mangosteen..

And Nettle Root.  (scroll down to the headline….Nettle is a Natural Aromatase Inhibitor).

You’ll also notice that all three of the items in this section can be addressed by getting moderate exercise two or three times a week.

That’s not just good for your sexual health, either. It’s a good idea no matter your age or fitness level.

The Bottom Line: Get off the couch, gents. Your body needs you to fix your blood pressure, blood sugar, and body weight.

5: Address Substance Abuse to Reverse ED

I shouldn’t have to tell you how bad illegal drugs are for your health, wellness, mental state, and relationships.

If you have a problem with something like cocaine, meth, or heroin…seek help immediately. I mean, right now. This article will still be here when you’re clean.

But illegal drugs aren’t the only ones that can cause erectile dysfunction. Three commonly used, and commonly prescribed, drugs are solidly proven to wreak havoc with your erections.

Alcohol in the short term can cause your “little buddy” to pass out before you do. While you’re drunk, the communication between nerve cells and your brain slows and sometimes misses entirely. That includes communication for arousal and erection.

In the long term, alcohol can permanently damage nerve cells and harm circulation, both of which directly impact your sexual health. There’s also solid research suggesting that alcohol consumption reduces testosterone and increases estrogen in men.

Opiates and opiate dependency are also related to erectile dysfunction, to the point that 50-60 percent of men seeking treatment for opiate addiction also experience ED.

Research is still progressing as to why, but some early findings point to opioids reducing testosterone, and messing up the pathways between your hypothalamus, your pituitary gland, and your gonads.

SSRIs — Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors — are to mental pain what opiates are to physical pain. They interrupt your ability to feel the pain, and have been deeply overprescribed over the last several years..

SSRIs reduce dopamine production, delay or prevent ejaculation, increase refractory periods, limit penis sensitivity, and reduce your libido.

Who would have guessed drugs designed to reduce emotional range might have the side effect of limiting sexual activity?

The Bottom Line: Stay off drugs, kids. Even legal ones. To the extent you can, even some your doctor tells you to take.

One Last Thing…

If you want to reverse ED, you want to stay away from ED drugs. That may sound counterintuitive, but here’s the thing.

Big Pharma isn’t interested in curing ED, because if they cure it, they can’t sell you more Viagra or Cialis.

ED pills temporarily relieve the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, but they do nothing to reverse the factors causing it.

Worse, physicians like Dr. Geoff Hackett of Good Hope Hospital in the UK warn that ED treatable by medication is a warning sign for heart problems.

Taking ED drugs to beat the symptom may leave a serious, life-threatening health issue undiagnosed and untreated.

Bottom line: use the techniques above to address the causes of ED. Don’t just cover up the symptoms with Viagra or Cialis. One method can reverse your problems. The other only prolongs them.

How to Reverse ED Conclusion:

Look at it this way…

Erectile dysfunction is a legitimate condition and sometimes the condition can’t be cured right away.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t make rapid improvement.

Women are generally weaker than men — just like men with ED generally have weaker erections than men without.

But a woman who power lifts every day and plays rugby for fun will be stronger than a man who hasn’t been to the gym since high school and spends all his time playing video games.

It’s all about how you respond to the situation…

If you address the issues that apply to you above, your erections will be much stronger than if you do nothing at all.

And if you stay the course, you may actually find yourself using the word Cured in the not too distant future.

That said…

If you ever find yourself up against a roadblock, you can always use a little herbal support to take things to the next level.

About the Author Mark

Article edited by Mark Wilson. Mark currently owns 5 sites in the men's sexual health niche and has published more than 5,000 articles and blog posts on dozens of websites all over the world wide web.

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