Various vitamins has been found useful as means of treating erectile dysfunction in the form of food or drinks supplements, food additive or drugs.
Below goes the list:
- Vitamin D: Recent studies suggest that there are vitamin D receptors in virtually all cells in the body, demonstratingthat this vitamin has varied roles involving many tissues and organs in the body. Vitamin D is now known to be important in bone health and the health of other organs including the penis.
According to a study where of 3,390 men aged 20 years and above, free of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases were recruited, vitamin D deficiency was with an increased prevalence of erectile dysfunction(1).
Increased risk of erectile dysfunction was associate with vitamin D levels of less than20 ng/mL, while the risk of erectile dysfunction dropped when vitamin D levels were over 35 ng/mL. The investigators of the more recent study whose analysis was restricted to 562 men (among 3,390 men) and found even stronger link between them
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): A prospective trial was conducted in Hongkong University. 160 patients (male) with erectile dysfunction and the dyslipidemia were recruited andrandomized into two groups of equal numbers of participants to receive up to 1,500 mg oral niacin once a day or a placebo for twelve weeks.
In this study, the researchers noted that niacin use led to a resolution of erectile dysfunction in individuals who had both erectile dysfunction and dyslipidaemia.
- Vitamin B12 (Riboflavin): In a study where 1,457 men aged 20-69 were recruited and had in a sequence of physical examination conducted at the Medical Centre in Fangchenggang First People’s Hospital and findings on examination recorded from September 2009 to December 2009.
Using a five-item (IIEF-5) questionnaire, erectile dysfunction was identified among participants. All participants were measured for certain parameters including plasma vitamin B12.
The study showed that vitamin B12 was positively related with erectile dysfunction in the men less than 45.
- Folic acid: In a research aimed at assessing the effectiveness and safety of combination therapy using folic acid and tadalafilfor the treatment of erectile dysfunction in males with background type 2 Diabetes mellitus
Eighty-three patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and erectile dysfunctionrecruited for the double-blind clinical trial. They were divided into 2 (two) groups in a randomized fashion. Group A was treated with tadalafil 10 mg every other day plus folic acid 5 mg each day and group B were giventadalafil 10 mg daily plus placebo daily for 3 months.
The mean International Index of Erectile Function scores before and after treatment in each groups were recorded. Men managed for psychological erectile dysfunction, spinal cord injury, or who used folic acid in the 3 months prior to the study and patients with history of allergic reactions to phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors were excluded from the study.
There was amajor improvement in sexual function of diabetic patients with erectile dysfunction treated with bothtadalafil and folic acid compared with that placebo group. The use of folic acid and tadalafil was noted to besafe(4).
One other supplement that has been found effective in treating erectile dysfunction is L-citrulline normally converted by the body to L-arginine, an amino acid. It has been shown to cause the penile vessels to dilate through the induction of nitric oxide, a known vessel dilator
There are overwhelming evidences that vitamins D, B3, B12, and folic acid has been found useful in treating erectile dysfunction and even reversing its effect. Hence, their use as a novel way of treatment for erectile dysfunction either singly or in combination; either as food supplements or drugs.