Did you know that men ages 40 to 69 self-report some degree of erectile disfunction? If your erections don't always measure up, you've got lots of company. More than a million men are currently under treatment for the condition with either prescription medications; penile implants; or a hormone called prostaglandin E, which the patient injects into the base of the penis. Ouch!
Doctors once believed erection problems were mostly psychological. Now experts agree that while some may have a psychological basis, most are due to physical causes. Erectile problems may also occur after heart or prostate surgery or an injury to the pelvic area. Basically, anything that reduces blood flow and deprives the penis of oxygen can lead to erectile disfunction.
What if you suspect your erectile disfunction is psychological rather than physical? Performance anxiety or depression, for example, can cause it. To find out, try the test suggested by Andrew Weil, MD, a professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. This simple tst will tell you if you're having normal spontaneous erection during sleep. If you are, chances are that no physical problem is preventing you from functioning normally.
To do the test, wrap a strip of postage stamps around the shaft of your penis before you go to bed. If the strip is intact in the morning, you don't have an erection during sleep, and you may have a physical problem. If the strip broke during the night, the problem may well be psychological. This test isn't foolproof, but it's a good place to start.
Whether you think the problem is physical or psychological, the next logical step is to discuss the results with your doctor. But before you go sticking needles into your penis, you might give these food remedies to try.
Think beans aren't sexy? Think again. With the age-old reputation as an aphrodisiac, the fava bean is said to have incited the ancient Roman poet Cicero for passion. Fava beans are best food source of the compound L-dopa, which helps make dopamine. A big serving of fava beans -8 to 16 ounces- just might contain enough L-dopa to help turn a dysfunction into a function.
Try them Mediterranean-style, with a little pancetta, chopped onions, extra-virgin olive oil, and black pepper. If the beans seem to help, try sprouting them. The sprouts contain almost 10 times more L-dopa, and it's easier to eat 2 grams of sprouts than a pound of beans.
Popping a garlic appetizer before a hot date may sounds like a bad idea if your goal is to remain kissable. But for the more ambitious, the odorous herb may also provide erectile benefits, according to both folk traditions and science.
In India, garlic has a long folkloric history as an aphrodisiac. When holy men prepared food in their temples, they were forbidden to use garlic and other alliums for fear they would lead to passionate encounters.
If you're going to experiments, I recommend sharing the garlic with your partner so neither of you will notice the scent. For the ideal combo, prepare a candlelight dinner of oysters in garlic sauce with a little parsley to help freshen the breath. Share a glass or two of red wine (generally better for the blood vessels than white)
Along with this trendy fruit's many other benefits, drinking antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice may improve erectile function in men with mild to moderate ED. It wouldn't hurt to try it with breakfast or instead of a soda at lunchtime to see if it works for you.Source: The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods: Proven Natural Remedies to Treat and Prevent More Than 80 Common Health Concerns