Are you thinking about using taurine for erections?
Good call, when most people think of taurine, they usually think of energy drinks.
After all, taurine is a key ingredient in Red Bull, Monster, and Rockstar, who together make up about 62% of the $50 billion dollar global market.
And while energy drinks might be your beverage of choice, they don’t exactly scream “healthy lifestyle.”
That’s why you’d be surprised to learn that taurine might actually be good for your wood.
Here are three ways that taurine can help improve your erections.
Taurine is technically a “sulphur containing amino acid” but in layman’s terms, it’s a protein your body uses, mostly for making stomach bile but also to promote cardiovascular and skeletal health.
It’s positive impact on cardiovascular health is already a sure sign it’s going to be good for your erections (more on that in a minute) but it can help prevent penile fibrosis.
Penile fibrosis (also called Peyronie’s disease) is when scar tissue forms and causes your penis to either bend in a weird way or, in extreme cases, not fill with blood at all (the scar tissue acts like hair clogging your shower drain — blood can’t get through, so your penis doesn’t get hard).
Unfortunately, this seems to be something that just happens naturally with age, although diabetes does increase the risk significantly (source).
But researchers have found that taurine can help. They looked at rats who had diabetes to see whether taurine impacted their diabetic ED (DED) (source).
They found that taurine helped reduce scar tissue to generally improve erectile functionality, concluding:
“It has been demonstrated that taurine supplementation can enhance sexual response and mating ability in aged rats.”
Unfortunately, the researchers haven’t been able to conclude specifically that taurine will definitely help diabetically-induced ED. That said, taurine is a good starting point if you’re perhaps getting older and notice your penis is starting to engorge in odd directions.
You know how we mentioned that taurine can help your cardiovascular health? Well, that doesn’t begin to cover it. Taurine is one of those things that not only directly promotes your heart health, but also does wonders to support all the things around it.
Here’s just a few ways that taurine helps your ticker. (And as a good rule of thumb, if something is good for your heart, it’s good for your penis too.)
Taurine promotes heart health by helping your muscles. First, it makes both skeletal and cardiac muscles contract harder and faster.
For your heart, it means that more blood gets pushed through your system in less time, increasing oxygen flow and giving you the ability to push yourself further (source).
Second, it helps your muscles work for longer by reducing the buildup of lactic acid.
Lactic acid builds up in your system when the mitochondria in your muscles can’t get enough oxygen to respire aerobically and have to resort to anaerobic respiration, of which lactic acid is a byproduct of.
Taurine reduces its build up, meaning you can continue to exercise for longer.
First, people with higher levels of taurine have lower rates of heart disease. Why?
Because many things that predispose you to heart disease are mitigated by taurine (source).
Taurine correlates to:
All of these things combine to make your risk of heart disease much lower, your blood flow stronger and your erections harder.
Finally, taurine reduces your risk of obesity. Obesity is a causal factor in heart disease and a major impediment to having a healthy erection.
But taurine can help reduce your risk naturally…
Just 3 grams of taurine every day for 7 weeks is enough to significantly reduce body weight as well as reduce your atherogenic index (a cholesterol measure) (source).
What’s more, obesity can actually cause a decrease in taurine levels, creating a vicious downward spiral. Taurine supplements not only reduce the risk of obesity, but can promote weight loss once people are already struggling.
The last major way that taurine can help promote erectile health is by promoting testosterone production.
It’s not exactly a surprise that T levels have a lot to do with your sexual health, and setting aside your steroid users, generally speaking, the more T you’ve got the better off you’ll be.
Which is why taurine is such a powerful supplement.
Studies suggest that taurine can promote T production in a few different ways.
FIrst, taurine reduces oxidative damage to cells, particularly those in your gonads (source).
Second, taurine can increase levels of testicular SOD and gluthatione, the primary antioxidants in your testes, to further reduce oxidative stress (source).
Finally, taurine seems to just increase how much testosterone your body produces. A study on rats found that a 1% increase in taurine can significantly increase FSH, LH, and T levels with no corresponding increase in estradiol (source).
Taurine, despite its association with energy drinks, is actually an extremely effective supplement for your erections, particularly as you get older.
It helps reduce health problems associated with age-and diabetes-induced ED, it can help improve testosterone production by clearing up free radicals, and it promotes cardiovascular health in a myriad of ways.
For those struggling with erections that just ain’t what they used to be, taurine is a good place to start.