After a radio show in 2018, a man called me to make an appointment to see me. When we first met he told me that one of his limbs had been cut due to complications from diabetes. He also told me that he had stopped having erections! He said, however, that he started to eat garlic and that one morning his erection returned. Why did I share this story? I want us to look at spices as well on this journey to good health. I already did a series on the spices of our land and we talked about cloves (kannafuru), black pepper (iyere), ginger, turmeric and many more. Spices are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, so they will be ideal for reducing an enlarged prostate. Get some spices. In one of the Chris Wark videos that I saw he said, “I overdosed on nutrition on the fruits and vegetables that we ignored.

Today I am going to talk about erectile dysfunction. It is often a symptom, not a condition. If it’s not due to stress or emotional reasons, then this is an early warning of a more serious illness. This happens when a man cannot get or maintain an erection that is firm enough for intercourse.

This most often happens when blood flow to the penis is restricted or the nerves are damaged. While it is not uncommon for a man to have erection problems from time to time, erectile dysfunction that is progressive or that occurs regularly with sex is not normal and should be treated. Some known risk factors are: high blood sugar (diabetes), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, drug use or excessive alcohol consumption, and obesity. Certain diseases, injuries, or surgeries in the pelvic area can damage the nerves around the penis. Cancer treatments near the pelvis can affect the functionality of the penis. Surgery and radiation therapy for cancers of the lower abdomen or pelvis can cause erectile dysfunction. Treatment for prostate, colon-rectal or bladder cancer often leaves men with ED. Medicines used to treat other health problems can negatively impact erections. Emotional problems can cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. Finding out the cause (s) of your erectile dysfunction will help treat the problem and improve your overall well-being.

Let’s look at some natural remedies.

Diet: Eating a balanced diet can help maintain sexual function and reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction. A 2020 study found that men who strictly followed a Mediterranean diet or a healthy diet were less likely to develop erectile dysfunction. In particular, they ate less red or processed meat and ate mainly fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and fish.

Exercise: Research has indicated that physical activity can help protect and improve erectile dysfunction. It can be especially effective if your erectile dysfunction is caused by obesity, inactivity, or cardiovascular disease, among other conditions. A 2018 research found that moderate to intense aerobic exercise helped reduce erectile dysfunction. Physical activity helps improve the health of blood vessels, reduces stress, and increases testosterone levels.

Sleep: Getting enough sleep each night is important for your overall health. Getting regular sleep can also improve your ED. A 2017 study found that men working nights who reported poor sleep quality were at higher risk for erectile dysfunction. A 2015 study also indicated that people with a sleep disorder had a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction.

Weight loss: Your weight can be another factor in ED. According to a 2020 research review, erectile dysfunction was significantly more common in men who were overweight or suffering from obesity or larger waistlines.

A 2014 study indicated that gastric bypass surgery improved blood vessel health and erectile dysfunction in extremely obese men. A 2017 research review also found improvement in erectile dysfunction after bariatric (weight loss) surgery. If your weight is contributing to your ED, exercise and a balanced diet can help you lose weight and improve your ED.

Stress reduction: Mental health issues such as stress and anxiety are often linked to erectile dysfunction. A 2019 study found that stress was one of the main predictors of erectile dysfunction, with anxiety and depression also being associated with the disease. The study suggested that chronic stress can affect testosterone or cause sleep deprivation which can contribute to erectile dysfunction.

Smoking cessation: Another behavior that probably contributes to erectile dysfunction is smoking. This can be caused in part by smoking which damages the blood vessels, thus preventing enough blood from reaching the penis for an erection. Smoking can also reduce the availability of nitric oxide in the body, which is needed to cause involuntary muscle relaxation and increased blood flow that play a role in erections.

According to a 2015 research review, more frequent smoking was associated with an increased risk of developing erectile dysfunction, as well as more severe erectile dysfunction. Some damage caused by smoking may not be reversible. Still, the review concluded that quitting smoking, especially for men under 50, can help improve ED.

In a study titled “Assessment of Crocus sativus L. (saffron) on male erectile dysfunction: a pilot study”, by Ali Shamsa et al, the effect of Crocus sativus (saffron) was investigated on male erectile dysfunction. Twenty male patients with erectile dysfunction were followed for 10 days during which they took each morning a tablet containing 200 mg of saffron. Saffron has shown a positive effect on sexual function with an increase in the number and duration of erectile events seen in patients with erectile dysfunction, even only after taking it for 10 days. A study titled “Effects of Chlorophytum borivilianum on Sexual Behavior and Sperm Count in Male Rats” by Rakesh Kenjale et al.

was designed to evaluate the aphrodisiac and spermatogenic potential of aqueous extract of dried roots of Chlorophytum borivilianum in rats. The result shows that the roots of Chlorophytum borivilianum can be useful in the treatment of certain forms of sexual insufficiency, such as premature ejaculation and oligospermia.

Of the chew stick series, most of the plants discussed have aphrodisiac properties. On the herbal series as well, I remember jokingly saying that nature seemed to love men because almost all of the plants I talked about have aphrodisiac properties. You need to check all the articles again. Tribulus terrestris (part of the ingredient in the Manix capsule) and

Mondia whitei (Isirigun) are some of the aphrodisiacs I mentioned. Panax ginseng, maca, yohimbine, ginkgo, horny goat weed, Chlorophytum borivilianum, Crocus sativus are herbs that have been shown to be effective against erectile dysfunction. They were made into capsules / tablets. You can buy them at major pharmacies.

If the cause of your erectile dysfunction is emotional, just keep in mind that life isn’t always a bed of roses or a bed of thorns. It is a bed of roses filled with thorns. Everything you go through will pass. Our ancestors ate healthy foods and never led a sedentary lifestyle. So they were in good health. With good nutrition and an active lifestyle, we will certainly tear our lives away from the diseases that ravage mankind.

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