You should use vitamin D for erections if you’re deficient in
this important fat soluble vitamin, which most of us are.
And I use the term vitamin loosely, because D acts more like a pro-hormone than a vitamin in the body.
This may explain why Olympic athletes, going way back to the 1920’s and continuing until today, use sunlamps to boost D levels prior to competition.
But what about erections? How does vitamin D impact your ability achieve hard wood?
How about by elevating testosterone, clearing out blood vessels, reducing blood sugar and insulin, lowering blood pressure and boosting dopamine, to name a few.
Oh yea, and it also keeps your prostate healthy.
And remember, the more deficient you are, the more profound these effects will be.
If you’re dark skinned, live in a cold climate or rarely get out in the sun, chances are extremely high you’re deficient in D.
If so, you can use supplements to get your levels up, but natural sunlight is by far the best way to increase D in your body.
Because natural sunlight is much more effective at elevating the erection boosting neurotransmitter, dopamine.
Also, beta-endorphins are released when sunlight hits your skin, which does not happen when you get your D from supplements.
And these endorphins do good things for erections as well…
In a trial done back in 1989, scientists gave a group of men a drug called Naltrexone, which boosts beta-endorphins in humans.
At the end of the study, the authors wrote…
All the patients experienced a significant increase in morning and spontaneous full penile erections (source).
I believe it’s these endorphins, combined with the dopamine and testosterone elevation that makes you feel so good when you’re out in the sun.
And its no coincidence that these same chemicals also do very good things for your erections.
So do yourself a big favor, and get your D levels up into the optimal zone, which sits somewhere above 30 ng/ml.
And when deciding on your target, keep in mind…
When scientists tested Maasai Warriors, a group of bad ass dudes who spend their days outside in the sun, they tested out at a whopping 50 nanograms per milliliter.
Now here’s Jason with more…
It’s summer time I write this, meaning for some that the days of vitamin D deficiency are over – at least until next fall. For others, it’s a year-round problem with multiple impacts on health.
These include increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in elders, severe asthma in children, a number of cancers, various degrees of depression and anxiety…
…and erectile dysfunction.
Last fall, a group of researchers from Johns Hopkins University presented their most recent findings at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association.
Looking at the records of over 3,000 male subjects, they discovered that men with a vitamin D deficiency were 32 percent more likely to have trouble getting it up than people with normal levels of vitamin D in their blood.
From that, they concluded vitamin D testing should be an early protocol for treating erectile dysfunction, before diving into more serious drugs or invasive procedures.
That study only looked at the correlation between vitamin D deficiency and erectile dysfunction. Fortunately, other work has looked at why one might be related to the other. They found that:
Testosterone is not only your most important sex hormone. It’s the hormone most responsible for you being male. It’s intimately linked with your desire to have sex, your ability to get it up and keep it up, and your ability to achieve a satisfying orgasm for yourself.
More testosterone = more sex drive and harder, longer erections. Less testosterone = lower sex drive, weaker boners, and disappointing boning.
So low testosterone can impact your erectile health. Let’s look at why we think low vitamin D leads to low testosterone.
The World Trade Center CHEST Program (a highly-funded, longitudinal study of the health of people who worked in the rubble after the 9/11 bombings) analyzed numerous blood samples from numerous people. The analysis found a one-to-one correlation between low vitamin D and low testosterone.
A 2015 study published in the Asian Journal of Andrology compared the vitamin D levels and testosterone levels of 652 Korean men. They found the same direct correlation as that of the CHEST study, even after adjusting for potential confounding variables like drug use, activity level, age and illness (source).
On the flip side of the coin, a 2010 study found that men who took a vitamin D supplement for one year experienced increase in testosterone production as compared to subjects who did not take the supplement, and subjects given a placebo.
Again, we’re not sure why vitamin D is linked to testosterone production. We are, however, quite sure it is linked. More vitamin D equals more testosterone. More testosterone equals better erectile health. It’s pretty simple math.
Dopamine is one of the “feel good” chemicals your brain releases in response to things like hugging a friend, getting a really good workout, seeing a baby smile…and being in the sun.
The link between vitamin D and happiness is clearest in the case of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), where people who don’t get enough vitamin D from the sun experience medical depression during winter months.
This happens because it activates the processes responsible for releasing dopamine into your system.
Bottom line: without enough vitamin D, your body doesn’t produce enough dopamine. Dopamine is also a potent erection enhancer. It plays almost as strong a role in sexual arousal and erection strength as testosterone and nitric oxide do.
There’s also a feedback loop when it comes to dopamine. It’s a feel-good chemical, released when you do something you enjoy – for example having sex.
Sufficient vitamin D means sufficient dopamine, which means sufficient sex (which you enjoy), which releases even more dopamine so your mental and sexual health stay up. Without vitamin D, you not only release less dopamine – you have fewer reasons to be happy.
Remember earlier when we said too little vitamin D can lead to increased risk for heart disease? A whole mess of studies have reported this link, so much so that the real work on the topic today are on how much vitamin D the body needs for heart health.
For example, a 2014 study from the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake surprised many by reporting that vitamin D levels of 15 nanograms per milliliter were healthy enough (before, the presumed minimum was 30).
Without enough vitamin D, your circulatory system suffers. Erectile health relies on a healthy circulatory system because erections rely on blood flow to engorge the tissue in and around your penis.
If that blood flow is weak (for example from low blood pressure, or clogged arteries reducing the flow – both of which can be caused by a vitamin D deficiency), then your erection will be weak. If it’s strong and healthy, thus it shall be with your junk.
This one’s pretty much a no-brainer. Even if the link between vitamin D and erectile health wasn’t so strongly proven, there are enough mental and physical health reasons to get enough that you would want to take care of it anyway.
With that link, you should be getting as much vitamin D as you safely can.
For some lucky folks, the amount of time they spend outdoors is all they need to have all the vitamin D the body needs.
For the rest of us, here are a few other ways to get the good stuff:
No matter how many of those tricks you try, also just get outside for 20 minutes a day. Even if it’s not sunny, it’s good for you.