If you’re desperate for a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED), you might be willing to try just about anything.
But be forewarned, there are countless supplements being hocked on the Internet, and none of them have been FDA-approved to treat ED. Furthermore, there is little evidence to support the use of most supplements being advertised.
The risk of trying herbal ED treatments
For many people, the term “herbal” sounds innocuous. Unfortunately, that’s a dangerous misconception that often leads men to try just about anything that they can afford or buy online to avoid embarrassment.
There are several reasons that buying so-called “herbal ED treatments” can be cause for concern.
First, many of the ingredients are not what they say they are. So not only are you wasting your money, but you really don’t know what you’re taking. You could be allergic to one of the ingredients, which can be especially harmful, like someone with a nut allergy consuming a pill that includes extracts from peanut skin.
Second, herbal supplements can have interactions with other medications you are taking, causing you to get very sick or worse.
Third, herbal supplements can have nasty side effects. They can affect blood sugar levels, create an unhealthy imbalance of potassium, lower your blood pressure and increase your bleeding risk.
What can I try on my own
If you’re still hesitant to see a doctor for a prescription for an ED drug, such as Viagra or Cialis, because it’s an uncomfortable topic or you can’t afford it, there are a few things you can do on your own that might help ED.
If you smoke, quit immediately. Smoking damages blood vessels, which are vital to obtain and maintain erections.
If you drink a lot of alcohol, cut back considerably or quit altogether.
If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight may help you with erectile dysfunction.
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