This article on omega 3 fish oil for erections was written by site contributor, David Janes.
Before I pass you over to David I want to clarify a few things.
First, if you’ve been eating too many omega 6 fats from soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, etc, etc…
You’ve very likely created a pro-inflammatory state in your system, which may be contributing to your erectile dysfunction.
And not because omega 6 fats are a toxic food that you should always avoid.
Omega 6’s are an essential fatty acid just like omega 3’s are and you cannot survive without them (source).
The real problem here is balance between the two.
Historically, humans have consumed these fats in roughly a 2 to 1 ratio, in favor of 6’s.
But this balance changed drastically once man gained the technology needed to squeeze oil out of soy beans, cotton seeds and corn, which are high in omega 6 fats.
And once we started eating these omega 6 heavy oils in foods like salad dressing, chips and mayonnaise, that 2 to 1 ratio fell way out of balance.
Three tablespoons of soy bean oil contains a whopping 21 grams of omega 6 fats and less than 3 grams of omega 3’s.
And if you start reading the nutrition labels on the packaged food you buy you’ll quickly see that soy bean oil is in just about everything.
So the key here is to reduce consumption of these vegetable oils to get your ratios into alignment which will help you get your erections back on track.
But you shouldn’t try to achieve this by taking massive amounts of omega 3’s, as this will lead to inflammation in your body as well.
Your goal should be to cut back on the 6’s, then moderately increase your consumption of omega 3’s by eating cold water fish or taking supplements.
This will objective will be almost impossible to achieve if you eat a salad with a 1/4 cup of salad dressing every day, or something similar.
Because you’d need nearly 1/8 of a cup of 3’s to balance this out, and we’re just talking about one meal here.
Consume that much omega 6 at every meal, which many Americans do, and you’re talking about a LOT of fish oil and a LOT of omega 6 fat.
And trust me, if you eat this many polyunsaturated fats on a daily basis, erectile dysfunction will be the least of your worries.
If you’re looking for a specific omega 3 dosage to maximize erectile function, keep the 2 to 1 ratio in mind.
And remember, when it comes to these polyunsaturated fats, less is more.
Now here’s David…
Can taking omega 3 fish oil for erections really make a difference in your erectile function and help you get back on track sexually?
Evidence and expert opinions have agreed on the benefits of fish oil consumption for decades, and it’s clear that you probably need more omega 3 fish oil in your diet — even if you don’t have ED.
And it’s also clear that omega 3 fatty acids directly benefit erectile function in several ways.
Our male ancestors ate differently and lived differently than we do, and they didn’t have many of the health problems we have today.
For millions of years, the human diet was rich in fish, seafood and other natural sources of omega 3 long chain fatty acids.
Your forefathers ate almost as much omega 3 fat as omega 6 fat. And they didn’t have as much heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer — all things that negatively impact erectile function and overall health.
But now, many of us don’t regularly consume pastured meat products or take advantage of the rich food source of omega 3’s seafood provides.
We get much of our fat from refined vegetable oils in the form of safflower, soy bean and corn oil according to research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (source).
But even cold pressed veggie oils are high in pro inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids.
We must eat more fish and take fish oil supplements if we want to balance our overall health and improve the problems many of us are suffering, including ED.
In fact, the National Institutes of Health has found dozens of benefits from fish oil, including:
And much more.
That’s why supplementation makes so much sense.
But many people supplement with flaxseed oil and other vegetable sources of omega 3 fatty acids, but there’s evidence that you need to take fish oil for erections and most other health benefits too.
Flaxseeds and walnuts, for example, are high in omega 3, but the short-chain alpha-linolenic acid in plants is very hard for our bodies to work with, and conversion to beneficial DHA is poor.
Research is showing that that fish oil supplementation makes more sense than flax or other veggie oil supplementation (source).
It turns out that the last thing any of us needs — no matter how well our penises work — is more plant oils in our diets.
The journal Cardiovascular Research, published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology, includes an article with a title that says all you need to know about fish oil and its reduction of inflammation:
“Fish oil, but not flaxseed oil, decreases inflammation and prevents pressure overload-induced cardiac dysfunction” (source).
There’s plenty of other research to support that conclusion, and better cardiac health means an increased ability to have erections.
Heart problems are a leading cause of ED. Plus, inflammation impacts many other bodily systems, creating damage, pain and dysfunction.
Here’s how omega 3s have a positive effect: the more omega 3 you take in, the less harmful omega 6 can get into your tissue to cause inflammation.
Drug companies already know that. NSAIDs like Aleve and Advil work by reducing your body’s formation of inflammatory compounds that come from omega 6 fats. You could just change your fat consumption balance and get the same effect.
High blood pressure causes arterial damage and other consequences that reduce your ability to get and maintain strong erections.
Anything you can do to decrease inflammation and blood vessel and artery stress and increase overall health can help reduce blood pressure and therefore improve ED symptoms.
Think the talk about omega 3 fish oils reducing blood pressure is just a lot of mumbo-jumbo? It’s all pseudoscience and assumptions, right?
A meta-analysis — a fresh look at previous research involving more than 1,300 people — published in the respected journal Circulation found that there’s a positive response from taking fish oil to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow.
More research since then has proven the same, over and over again.
Could more supple, pliable and healthier arteries help you get better erections? They could indeed, and you might want to take fish oil to help reverse arterial stiffness.
A 2010 study published in the journal Clinic Nutrition is believed to be the first to document how eating a meal with lots of omega 3 fatty acids could have a nearly immediate impact on arterial stiffness (source).
The research determined that even a temporary, short-term positive impact on arterial stiffness could have a long-term impact on overall vascular health and lower cardiac risks.
Having healthier arteries and a healthy heart can help with ED, so that’s another strong reason for using fish oil for erections.
How many reasons do you need?
Did I mention that fish oil also increases semen volume and quality?
That’s a nice little bonus.
It may even help with Dry Eye Syndrome. That means when your significant other looks into your eyes in the heat of passion, there won’t be so much redness looking back.
In the early 1970s, the heart-healthy benefits of omega 3 fatty acids were first reported. Now, these unsaturated fatty acids have been specifically linked to so many related processes, including erectile health.
But let’s look at this from a higher level: A healthy body works better in every way, and fish oil contributes to overall health. That isn’t disputed, is well supported by research.
So consider taking omega 3 fish oil for erections and for supporting your overall health.
If you’ve been eating too many omega 6 fats, it may be one of the smartest decisions you’ve even made.
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.