(Erections without drugs medically reviewed by Dr. Zac Hyde M.D)
Let’s assume you go to your doctor and tell him you’re having trouble getting and maintaining erections.
What do you think their response will be? Well, if he’s like 99% of medical practitioners out there, he’ll probably suggest one of several little blue or purple pills.
Will they solve your problem? Probably.
But they might end up creating many more in the process. In this article, we’ll talk about how you can get back in the game without resorting to pharmaceuticals.
ED Drugs Don’t Cure Erectile Dysfunction
Let’s assume you have an old car – something sleek, like a 79’ Corvette. You’d really like to drive it around town, but its engine isn’t too reliable.
So you hire a flatbed tow truck to pick you up and take you for a spin. Sure, you’re moving. You’re sitting in the driver’s seat. However, it’s not quite the same, is it?
I’ll be perfectly frank: lots of people love using drugs to keep their sex lives going. In fact, due to our aging population and the general unhealthiness of modern life, more men than you think are getting chemical assistance with their erections.
And if you think I’m only talking about wrinkled old men, you’re mistaken.
But here’s the thing: drugs are not only expensive, but their side effects can be worse than not having sex at all.
To make matters worse, just like with that Corvette, you’re covering up your erectile issues with a quick fix rather than discovering what’s at the heart of the problem.
Your “engine” doesn’t work. If you ever want to have a normal sex life without the assistance of modern, Big Pharma boner drugs, you need to figure out how to fix it if you want to get up and running again!
Erections Without Drugs – The Vitamin Solution!
Now, over the years, I’ve written article after article addressing different ways you can overcome erectile dysfunction.
After all, there are many different factors that can contribute to your flaccid member. Some of these, like penile atrophy or heart disease, need to be addressed at the source before they become worse, not covered up with pills.
But there’s one aspect of healthy, natural erections I’ve yet to examine in depth. I’m talking about the importance of Fat Soluble Vitamins.
Back in the day, health class and a few Saturday morning cartoons told us a lot about how important vitamins are. However, they didn’t really explain the differences between the many different types of vitamins.
Moreover, they didn’t explain why certain types of vitamins are vital to your sexual function.
Fortunately, I’m here to e-rectify that problem.
What Are Fat Soluble Vitamins?
I’m glad you asked. Fat soluble vitamins are, as the name implies, vitamins that are dissolved and taken into the body in fats. This is as opposed to water-soluble vitamins, which dissolve and get taken into the body in water.
There are four primary fat-soluble vitamins that are critical to human health.
Why Do Fat Soluble Vitamins Matter?
The chemistry behind why fat soluble vitamins matter to male sexual health is pretty complex (and honestly, pretty boring).
But I’ll still give you the short, short version. You see, the thing you need to remember is that your body needs FSVs to perform some very important, sex-related jobs. Things like:
- Producing Testosterone – I’ve written more words than I can count about how and why testosterone issues mess up your erections. But even if you haven’t read those articles, you should know from 6th-grade biology that testosterone is what makes men men. And that includes our ability to get it up (and keep it there).
- Synthesizing Nitric Oxide – I highly recommend you “bone up” on your nitric oxide knowledge whenever you can. After all, this is usually the least known of all erection ingredients. Specifically, it acts as a signal from your brain to your penis, telling the muscle to relax and let in the blood that fuels your hard on.
- Maintaining Cardiovascular Health – It’s a simple fact: without a nice supply of oxygen rich blood, your erections are going to be piss poor. Fortunately, fat soluble vitamins help maintain your system from top to bottom. Again, providing you don’t seek them out by guzzling down sausage links.
So, as you can see, there’s some pretty good reasons why you might want to pay attention to your FSV intake. Now we’ll move into the next part of our discussion, where we talk about specific vitamins, what they do, and how they do it.
Erections Without Drugs – Vitamin A
Contrary to popular belief, Vitamin A is not a single compound. Instead, it’s a group of highly-fat-soluble compounds referred to as “retinoids.”
Vitamin A is the most common form when it comes to food, but there are some other sources out there.
Over the years, researchers have pegged Vitamin A as being essential to many of our body’s inner workings.
For instance, it helps maintain the light-sensing cells in your eyes and also supports immune function. Vitamin A is also necessary for cellular growth in the body and for fighting against hair loss.
But here’s the kicker: Vitamin A has also been proven as effective as direct testosterone treatment in helping boys with delayed adolescence.
In other studies, it was demonstrated as necessary to testosterone production in numerous animal studies.
Deficiency in Vitamin A has also been proven to decrease estrogen production to below healthy levels and is related to atrophy of the penis and testicles.
Symptoms of Vitamin A Deficiency
If you’re concerned that you might not be getting enough Vitamin A, you should do something about it as soon as possible.
Historically, people who lack this particular FSV suffer from dry eyes, vision problems, hair loss, and skin issues like hyperkeratosis.
Another major symptom is poor immune function, which can make sufferers more prone to infections.
You might not know this, but Vitamin D is actually a hormone, not a vitamin at all. The term is used to refer to a series of fat soluble compounds that come in two major dietary forms: ergocalciferol and cholecalciferol.
It’s also important to note that one of the primary sources of Vitamin D is that big old yellow ball in the sky: the sun.
Still, that doesn’t mean any of us are getting enough. Vitamin D is crucial to bone maintenance, as it helps regulate the levels of calcium and phosphorus circulating through our systems.
Like Vitamin A, it also plays a huge roll in immune system regulation.
Back in the 1990s, Vitamin D was shown to be an effective treatment for several testicular problems.
It was also discovered to to routinely reverse “retardation of spermatogenesis” (which in English means decreased sperm production).
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
You can develop a mild Vitamin D deficiency just by spending too much time inside and out of the sun.
However, there are risk factors to deficiency that don’t have anything to do with being an indoor kid.
Risk factors include old age, obesity, a darker skin tone, and any conditions that might impair fat absorption.
As far as symptoms go, you can expect fatigue, depressions, hair loss, soft bones, and weak muscles.
Erections Without Drugs – Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a super powerful antioxidant, which means it protects your cells against damage from toxins and free radicals and prevents premature aging.
There are two main categories of Vitamin E: tocopherols and tocotrienols. They’re most easily sourced through the diet, but they can be absorbed through your skin as well.
Back in the early 2000s, studies found strong links between sperm health, production, and motility and having a healthy intake of Vitamin E.
E was also linked directly to libido, though the specific mechanics of why are still being researched.
Symptoms of Vitamin E Deficiency
Vitamin E is most common when there is an underlying health condition at play.
For instance, people with liver disease or cystic fibrosis can have trouble absorbing Vitamin E through the foods they eat.
This often appears s pronoaunced muscle weakness, walking difficulties, vision problems, numbness, and (again) weakened immune system function.
Erections Without Drugs – Vitamin K2
Vitamin K plays a huge role in blood clotting, but – as with the other vitamins on this list – there is more than just one type. On the one hand, you have Vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, which is the primary plant-derived form.
On the other hand, you have Vitamin K2. This is the one we’re going to focus on for our purposes, as it is found primarily in animal-sourced foods.
Among other things, K2 plays a huge role in your calcium balance. If you have enough, your bones and teeth absorb it well and become hard and strong.
If you don’t, the calcium goes unabsorbed by bones and gets absorbed by the soft tissues in your arteries, veins, and heart.
The resulting rigidity causes a host of health problems, but the most directly important to sexual health is how it reduces your veins’ ability to dilate.
And dilation in the veins in and around your penis is what makes erections happen.
It’s also been conclusively linked to your body’s ability to produce a variety of sex hormones.
Bottom line: boosting your intake of these four vitamins can address many of the problems those “magic purple pills” are manufactured to cure.
Symptoms of Vitamin K Deficiency
Vitamin K is not stored in the body in particularly significant amounts, so it’s much easier to become deficient.
In fact, you can develop a Vitamin K deficiency in as little as a week. Symptoms include blood clotting problems, bruising, malabsorption of nutrients, and reduced bone density.
Vitamin K deficiency also increases your risk of developing osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
How to Get More Fat Soluble Vitamins
There are lots of plants and animals that can deliver the fat-soluble vitamin load you need to keep your sexual (and general) health in good shape.
But here’s a hint from the pros: vitamins found in plants aren’t as easily absorbed as the exact same vitamins found in animals (or stuff made by animals).
This has to do with the fact that the animals already do a lot of the digesting and absorbing for you.
Cows, for example, have multiple stomachs that are perfectly designed for this extraction process. So, as we talk about how to source FSVs, I’m going to focus on animal sources in most cases.
That said, you should always make sure you’re getting plenty of fruits and veggies. Remember, when you’re trying to maximize your health, err on the side of diversity. An omnivore’s diet beats a vegetarian’s diet every time.
- Vitamin A – You can source this from egg yolks, beef liver (grass-fed for preference), cooked tuna
- Vitamin D – Source this by eating fatty fish and liver. Just keep in mind that you’ll get most of it from sunlight.
- Vitamin E – This one is veggie specific. So you need to get it from sources like almonds, palm oil, and avocado.
- Vitamin K2 – Get this from butter and milk produced by grass fed cows, egg yolks, hard cheeses and chicken liver.
Just in those few suggestions, you can see how broad of a diet you’ll need to have in order to saturate your bloodstream with high-quality fat soluble vitamins.
You simply aren’t going to get this range of nutrients from a McDonald’s and Frozen Meals diet.
In fact, you’re going to be filling your body with just as many chemicals as you would had you taken the “dick pill” path to solve your erection problems.
Erections Without Drugs: Conclusion
In case I haven’t yet made this abundantly clear, fat soluble vitamins are good for you.
They’re good for your general health. They’re good for your sexual health. They’re good, specifically, for erectile dysfunction.
They’re so good, upping your intake intentionally and systematically can be as beneficial to your sex life as Big Pharma medications manufactured specifically for that purpose.
In fact, when you factor in all the side effects and other issues with the “pill first” mentality, they’re actually a whole lot better.
So, if you’re having trouble achieving and maintaining erections, taking in more fat soluble vitamins can be your ticket back to a healthier sex life.
I recommend starting with your diet by planning your meals and shopping to maximize foods rich in these vitamins.
If that doesn’t work, add in some supplements to fill in the gaps or to give you higher doses than your personal appetite can manage naturally.
Pro Tip: if you want to take this to the next level, cycle erection supplements along with your fat soluble vitamins.
This is a one-two punch with the possibility to knock out your erectile dysfunction faster than Nunez put Rousey out in December of 2016.