Can Supplements Cure Erectile Dysfunction And Improve Libido?
Many herbal supplements have been used successfully for thousands of years (by several different culture) to boost sexual desire and improve sexual functions.
It would be strange if there was nothing to it, no? Let’s explore..
How Do Supplements And Herbs Boost Sex Drive And Cure ED?
Before we get into how the supplements can improve sexual functions, let’s first distinguish between the two main categories of supplements: basic and advanced.
The basic ones are supplements such as a multi-vitamin formula, fish oil, a calcium supplement, and any other vitamin, mineral or similar supplements.
These supplements are intended to cover basic deficiencies in your body. By covering basic deficiencies, one can also potentially overcome ED and libido problems.
Then there are the advanced supplements that aim at improving sexual functions directly. Often these are herbal supplements, but there are synthetic ones as well.
Let’s first talk about the basic supplements.
The Basic Supplements
If your diet is not healthy, you are likely to be deficient in certain vitamins, minerals, fatty acids or other essential nutrients.
And if you are deficient in any of these, your body will normally not work as well as it should.
This can impact many aspects of your body, such as your energy levels, your immune system, your memory, but also your sexual functions.
Therefore, if you are deficient in any essential nutrients, you may find it more difficult to get erections, and your libido may be lower than it should be.
Research studies have shown that it is particularly common to be deficient of one or more of the following elements:
|Vitamin A||Vitamin C||Iodine|
|Vitamin B12||Vitamin D||Iron|
|Folate (B9)||Vitamin E||Magnesium|
|Niacin (B3)||Vitamin K2||Potassium|
The good news is that most of these nutrients can be supplied simply by eating healthy foods.
And I want to make a very important point:
I prefer to get all my nutrients from foods and drinks, rather than from supplements.
For me, natural is much better than synthetic. The original source will typically always be better than a synthetic source.
In addition, with natural foods and drinks, I will also get other healthy ingredients such as phytonutrients, fiber, antioxidants, etc.
However, it is not always possible nor practical to get all the essential nutrients from foods and drinks. Therefore, I also take supplements.
What Basic Supplements Do I Take?
I used to take a multi-vitamin formula containing most or all of the essential vitamins and minerals I need on a daily basis. But I try instead to eat super healthy and by doing so, get all these nutrients this way. So I no longer take this multi-vitamin formula.
I do take a vitamin B12 supplement. Vitamin B12 is produced by a bacteria that covers planet earth. And by eating fruits and vegetables that contain a little dirt, or by drinking water from a lake or pond, we would normally have ingested vitamin B12.
We wash all our foods, and our drinking water is sterilized. Hence, we don’t get much vitamin b12 the natural way.
Meat and dairy also contain some vitamin B12.
Since I don’t eat meat or dairy products, and because my other food is essentially free of vitamin B12, I take a vitamin B12 supplement.
A quick note on vitamin D:
Vitamin D is found in many foods, but very few of these foods contain large amounts of this vitamin. Hence, it’s difficult to get enough vitamin D from foods.
However, your body can produce vitamin D3. When your skin is exposed to the sun, it converts cholesterol to vitamin D3.
Therefore, you need the sun to provide the balance of Vitamin D.
I therefore try to get good amounts of sunshine when I can. And not only for Vitamin D3 production, but sunshine is also healthy for many other reasons.
However, in the winter months when I get less sunshine, I also supplement with a vitamin D3 supplement. To learn more about my experience with sunshine and vitamin D on Truelibido, please go here.
I also from time to time, and during periods with lots of exercise, take a supplement containing zinc and magnesium.
I do this because the body flushes out substantial amounts of zinc magnesium during exercise.
Let’s move on to the advanced supplements.
The Advanced Supplements To Improve Secual Functions
When I have my nutritional base covered through a healthy diet and basic supplements, I sometimes add advanced supplements on top to get some really powerful effects.
These are the supplements, either herbal or synthetic, that aim at directly impacting sexual functions.
They can kickstart your sexual operations.
But what exactly do these supplements do and how do they function?
These supplements improve sexual functions (mainly) through three different key pathways. Some supplements target one, some two, and some all three of these pathways:
- Increase testosterone production
- Increase dopamine production
- Increase nitric oxide production
Before we get into the details, let me first say that these supplements, both the basic and the advanced ones, will normally only have an effect if you are already deficient of the component the supplement carry.
Meaning, if you are for instance testosterone deficient and take a supplement to increase testosterone, you can expect to get a boost in testosterone.
However, if you are not testosterone deficient and take a supplement to increase testosterone, you will normally not see much (or any) impact.
That said, many men in today’s world are deficient (many men very deficient) in one or more of testosterone, dopamine or nitric oxide.
On to the details..
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. This hormone underlies, regulates and controls everything sexual that goes on in your body. With inadequate levels of testosterone, it is almost impossible to function well sexually.
Therefore, if you are testosterone deficient and take a supplement to improve your testosterone production, you can expect to get a temporary boost in your testosterone levels.
Some of the supplements that have demonstrated an ability to improve testosterone production are D aspartic acid, Fenugreek, Horny Goat Weed, Mucuna Pruriens, Tongkat Ali, Tribulus Terrestris and ZMA.
To purchase my recommended supplements that increase testosterone production on Truelibido, please go here.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is essential for both getting an erection as well as having a libido.
When it comes to getting an erection, dopamine is the chemical that kicks things off. It sends the initial signal in your brain that sets off the entire process, which eventually makes your penis get filled with blood. Therefore no or little dopamine = no or weak erection.
Dopamine is also supportive of the continuation of the erection.
When it comes to libido (or sex drive), dopamine is also critical. Because when your brain wants you to crave something, it produces dopamine. Dopamine is the motivator that then makes you act.
So when you see a gorgeous woman across the room, dopamine is produced in your brain which in turn motivates you to want to have sex with her.
Needless to say, you would not normally approach her and attempt to have sex with her (at least not right away), but this is what your brain wants you to do.
If there was no dopamine production, you would be indifferent.
Therefore, if you are dopamine deficient and take a supplement that improves your dopamine production, you can expect to get a temporary boost in your dopamine levels.
Some of the supplements that have been proved to improve dopamine production are Mucuna Pruriens, L-tyrosine, L-theanine, Rhodiola Rosea and ZMA.
To purchase supplements that increase dopamine production on Truelibido, please go here [to come].
Nitric oxide is a molecule that is simply necessary in order for you to get an erection.
When your penis is flaccid, something called the smooth muscles in your penis are in a state of contraction. They then clench around the blood vessels in your penis and force any blood out of the penis.
In order for blood to flow into the penis, these smooth muscles need to relax. And in order for this to happen, nitric oxide is produced and diffused into the smooth muscles of your penis.
This relaxes the smooth muscles, which allows the blood vessels to open up, which again allows for blood to flow into the penis.
Therefore, no or inadequate nitric oxide = no or weak erection.
Hence, if you are nitric oxide deficient and take a supplement that improves your nitric oxide production, you can expect to get a temporary boost in your nitric oxide levels.
To purchase supplements that increase nitric oxide production on Truelibido, please go here [to come].
But you may ask:
OK, so these advanced supplements have the ability to increase nitric oxide, testosterone and dopamine, but what does that mean specifically?
How exactly does it affect your sexual functions?
Through the increase in nitric oxide, testosterone and dopamine, the advanced supplements have three main effects on your sexual functions:
- An increase in sex drive
- Easier to get, harder and longer lasting erections
- Increased sensations from sex
An Increase In Sex Drive
Taking some of these supplements will sometimes cause an increase in your libido.
Meaning, you may feel an increased urge to have sex and feel more sexually charged. This normally happens during 1-6 hours after taking these supplements.
However, this is normally the least pronounced effect of the three. The effect most men are seeking is to get better and harder erections
Easier To Get, Harder And Longer Lasting Erections
When these supplements are taken correctly (more about that shortly), the supplements can produce erections that come very easily, are super hard, and last practically for as long you would want.
In fact, these supplements can have effects on erections on par with pharmaceutical drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.
But they can be even better than pharmaceutical drugs.
Firstly, they normally don’t have any side effects.
And secondly, because they can also make the pleasurable sensations from having sex even stronger.
Increased Sensations From Sex
These advanced supplements can in fact amplify the sensations from sex. Meaning, they can make the pleasurable sensations from sex feel even better and more pronounced.
Because these supplements can increase your testosterone and dopamine levels, the pleasure you experience can be heightened to a level you didn’t know existed before.
So if the best sex you ever had before was a 10 on a scale from 0-10, you might reach 12 with these supplements!
In fact, the reason I still take these supplements sometimes (even though I have overcome my ED), is to get these amplified sensations.
Final Words On The Advanced Supplements
An important point about these advanced supplements is that they normally only give a temporary boost to nitric oxide, testosterone and dopamine.
Meaning that in order to maintain levels of these agents elevated, you would normally need to keep taking these supplements.
Therefore, if you are deficient in either nitric oxide, testosterone and dopamine, taking these supplements would not be the ideal long-term solution.
It would be better to find a natural and permanent solution to the deficiency. Normally, this could be achieved by living healthy and getting the body back in balance.
..there is one more benefit to many of these supplements.
They have other health benefits (positive side-effects).
Many of these supplements (particularly the herbal ones), have several positive effects on the body. They may reduce certain illnesses, increase sperm quality, can be antibacterial, antiviral, restore hormonal balances, etc.
Compare that to pharmaceutical drugs, which generally only have negative side effects.
My Experience With Supplements
I find supplements absolutely fascinating!
After having experienced the ability of the advanced supplements to give me rock hard erections, as well as to amplify the pleasurable sensations from sex, I have become a big admirer and user of these supplements.
And because I have had such amazing effects from many of these advanced supplements, I have dedicated an entire section on Truelibido to them.
In this section, I have profiled my favorite advanced supplements. I give you some history and background, the pathways in which they work, the scientific studies that have been done on them, and also my experience using them.
You find them here.
Let’s talk about pharmaceutical drugs for a minute.
I have tried these, and they had the desired effect on me as well (at least initially).
However, I don’t like to take drugs or medications. Neither for a cold nor for getting erections.
First of all, I normally always want my body to fix the problem itself, whether its a cold, headache, pain, or a limp penis.
This will often strengthen my body. It will also teach me to be nicer to myself so that I try not to cause the same pain or illness again later.
Second, I don’t like the side-effects from these drugs.
Viagra, Cialis and Levitra gave me really bad side effects, such as headaches, blurred vision, a red hot face, and a stuffy nose.
So, popping a pill right before having sex, was never something I liked doing. It really bothered me and it was something I always wanted to quit.
The problem at the time was just that I didn’t know any other way to get erections.
A third reason that I don’t like these drugs is that they do nothing about the underlying cause of the problem.
They don’t help you get rid of erectile dysfunction, they only temporarily treat the symptom (inability to get an erection).
Therefore, I was on a path to keep using the drugs forever.
(However, what happened to me was that after a while, the drugs became less and less effective. They worked less and less well, and in the end stopped working completely. My body had build tolerance towards medications, and all I got was the side effects..)
But let’s get back to the story..
Therefore, I really wanted to find a long-term, sustainable solution that solved the underlying cause of my problems. And I wanted to find a natural solution so that I could drop the pills.
I had my first encounter with erectile dysfunction when I was in my late 20’s. I was not able to get an erection while I was with a woman, the woman got hurt and upset, and I was left dumbfounded. It was probably the most embarrassing and confidence-shattering experience I have ever had.
After it happened repeatedly, and when I realized I actually suffered from erectile dysfunction, I got desperate to find a solution.
I was still angry and mad at the world, and I was determined to find a quick fix.
My first port of call was to search online. At the time, there was a lot less information available than there is today, but I found a few articles that spoke warmly about an herb used for thousands of years, called gingko biloba.
It was supposedly a great supplement that would help me get and stay rock hard. It sounded like its success was almost guaranteed. So I went ahead and bought a bottle of gingko biloba capsules.
I took two capsules a day, as instructed by the label, and had high hopes that I would never ever have any troubles getting erections again.
I waited in anticipation.
But nothing happened.
There was no effect, not even a sliver of improvement. Complete failure.
My first experiment with an herbal remedy was a big disappointment. My frustrations grew.
From time to time, I came across rave reviews or articles about herbal remedies. I discarded most of them because of my initial failure, but I also got intrigued from time to time.
About a year after my initial failure, I decided to give it another go.
This time, I bought eight different tinctures of herbal potions that claimed to have fantastic effects on both sexual desire and performance.
My hopes were sky-high as the information from the manufacturer was utterly convincing.
I followed instructions faithfully and again waited in excitement for the effects.
But nothing happened. Not a hint of an effect. I threw away all the tinctures in frustration.
Although I had experienced nothing but failure so far, a part of me was still convinced that there had to be something to these herbal remedies.
After all, they had been used for thousands of years across several different cultures, and there were many anecdotes and stories of success.
People had been telling and writing about the effects of these remedies for ages. It couldn’t all be a hoax, could it?
I kept repeating these experiments a few more times. I tried new and different herbal supplements, but was left in disappointment as the effect would never come.
Then I temporarily gave up. Then I tried something new a little later, but failed again.
I started suspecting that all supplements were probably a scam designed to take unsuspecting people’s money.
Until one day.
One day my eyes lit up as I saw a tiny ray of hope. I had purchased a number of different supplements and tried them one by one, this time in capsule form.
And one of these supplements gave me a little something. The herb was called Tribulus Terrestris.
The effect was subtle, but there was something. I was intrigued. This was new!
It was like the pleasure from sex was a tiny bit amplified. A little bit more intense.
I tried several times to replicate the results. It sometimes worked but sometimes didn’t.
Although this supplement had some sporadic effect, and gave me encouraging feedback, it was not able to help me with my problems, and I once again put the supplements away.
I later also had a similar experience with an herb called Horny Goat Weed.
I took the capsules twice a day as recommended, and I again felt a slight change in the sensations from sex. It was as subtle as the effect I had experienced from Tribulus Terrestris.
However subtle, there was again something, and it was exciting and encouraging. But just as with Tribulus Terrestris, this was neither able to help with my sexual health problems, and I again put the supplements away.
I came to a turning point in the way I was approaching my problems. I had tried lots of different things, but my efforts had been inconsistent and unsystematic.
I had also gotten to a point where pharmaceutical drugs had stopped working – my body had built up tolerance toward them and they just didn’t work anymore.
I then decided that it was time for a change. It was time to step things up as I was absolute desperate to solve my sexual problems.
I started measuring everything, got blood tests done, became systematic and meticulous about everything, documented what I did, discarded what had no success and explored further what had some success, kept score of the results, etc.
One key thing I did was to zoom in on the actions of the past that had yielded a little bit of success.
I then wanted to dig deeper to try to find out whether this little success could be expanded and turned into something that could yield even more success.
I had a suspicion that the supplements I had taken in the past were simply not potent enough.
So I decided to get some stronger stuff.
I started off by buying a high grade Horny Goat Weed extract.
It contained icariin extracted to 50% in loose powder form. It was significantly more expensive than any herb I had bought in the past. I had high hopes that this was going to be the real deal.
I took 250 mg of this extract mixed in a cup of water twice a day, as I had been recommended.
But I felt no effect. Nothing happened. I was again despaired.
At this point, I was close to giving up.
But I also wanted to try Tribulus Terrestris before letting go of my hopes entirely.
But instead of taking a small dose (like the 250 mg dose of Horny Goat Weed) religiously twice a day, I wanted to try something different.
I decided to go a little crazy.
So one evening, I took a table spoon of Tribulus Terrestris (I think it was almost 10 grams), mixed it in a cup of water and drank it up.
It tasted horrible, absolutely gut wrenching..
The effect was astonishing! Nothing short of absolutely amazing! This was beyond what I had hoped for in my wildest dreams.
I sat down next to my girlfriend about an hour later.
As we started kissing, I got a rock hard erection. This never happened! This was new!
We then proceeded to have sex. And it was the most amazing sex I could ever remember. It was on a different level!
I had a rock hard erection during the entire intercourse. I had amazing sex with a penis so hard it was almost frightening. It remained rock solid throughout the intercourse and showed no signs of going soft.
Not only was I rock hard throughout the entire session, but the sensations from sex were even more blissful than normal!
The pleasurable sensations were magnified! The sensations were on a different scale! This was beyond anything I though possible! It was simply amazing!
I had finally found an herb that worked!
What an epiphany!
I was stunned at what I had just discovered.
I could not believe what had just happened.
After having tried so many herbs in all kinds of forms, I had finally found something that worked! At that moment, I might have just been the happiest man on planet earth!
I kept taking Tribulus Terrestris again and again, and it consistently worked.
Then I went on to experiment with other supplements in a similar way.
I purchased other high grade products, took a large dose about an hour before sex and documented what effects they had on me.
At the same time, I also educated myself about the supplements, tried to understand which pathways they worked through, what effects they should have on me, safety, etc.
I have through this experimentation found several supplements that have given me fantastic experiences and benefits.
And I am still experimenting with new supplements. I plan on adding new herbal (and potentially non-herbal) supplements to Truelibido as and when I have sufficiently tested new ones and I am happy with the results.
My Lessons And Conclusions From Taking Supplements
During the span of more than 10 years, I have purchased a plethora of herbal supplements in capsules, tinctures, loose powder, tea and other forms.
My experience is that most of these herbal supplements are a waste of money.
Because the quality of most of the supplements, at least the ones I have tried, has been inadequate or simply poor.
They have just not been very potent. They often simply don’t contain enough of the active ingredient.
In other words, many of these herbal supplements contain lots of ‘filler’ ingredients or ‘fluff’.
Therefore, when I buy herbal supplements now, I make sure I always buy high grade, high quality and very potent supplements.
If you want to check out the supplements I recommend, you find them here.
This lack of quality is a key reason why I had such trouble getting success with the supplements I tried – they simply didn’t work!
In other words, I spent lots of time experimenting with supplements that were never going to work in the first place.
No wonder I had no success!
Btw, what I just said about supplements being a waste of money is generally true for herbal supplements. The quality of synthetic supplements such as ZMA or L-arginine for instance, are normally fine, regardless of where I have purchased them.
But there are two more reasons why I struggled getting results with supplements: dosage and timing.
When I took supplements, I took the recommended dosage.
However, what I learned was that taking these supplements at the recommended dosage, even of the higher quality products, wasn’t enough to produce the desirable effect.
I broke the ‘rules’. And I still do today.
I take large doses.
For the herbal supplements for instance, I normally take 7 grams in one dose. While the suggested dosage may be 250 milligrams.
Only when I take supplements in large doses have I had the desired effect.
And what about timing? When during the day is it best to take these supplements?
I have read several articles and blogposts that claim that in order to get the desired effects from herbal supplements, one should take them consistently over time and increase the dose gently to let the body adjust to the supplements.
Many of these articles say that the effects of an herbal supplement will only be felt after weeks of use.
That is not the experience I have had. I have tried this several times, but it has not worked for me.
That said, I am not discarding any effects from long-term, steady use, and I intend to try this out further.
However, my experience is that these supplements, both herbal and synthetic ones, produce amazing effects when taken about 60-90 minutes (or even a few hours) before sex.
For me, I only get great effects when I take these supplements some time before sex. Taking them in the morning, when I have sex in the evening for instance, does not produce much effect.
So to summarize:
My experience is that in order to achieve great effects from supplements, there are three key principles:
- I only use high grade, high quality and very potent supplements
- I take them in large doses
- I take them 60-90 minutes before sex
Which Supplements Do I Take? Do I Take One Or Several At The Same Time?
The supplements I normally take are the ones you can read about here. These are the ones I have tried and tested and with which I have had great results.
When I take supplements, I typically always take a combination of four different ones.
Taking just one can work just fine, but when I combine various supplements, I normally always get incredible results.
Therefore, I typically always take a base consisting of L-citrulline, Pine bark and ZMA. On top of this, I normally also take one herbal supplement, such as Tribulus Terrestris, Tongkat Ali, Horny Goat Weed, or another one.
This combination is for me incredibly powerful, probably because it gives me a very good boost in nitric oxide and testosterone.
I take 7 grams of each of these supplements, other than for ZMA. I take about 0.75 grams of ZMA.
For me, taking a combination like this produces erections on par with what I got from taking pharmaceutical drugs like Viagra.
But that is not the only effect I get from these supplements.
What Effects Do I Get From These Supplements
I have received three benefits from the combination of these supplements:
- An increase in sex drive. When I take these supplements, I often have more sexual energy. However, this is the least pronounced effect of the three.
- Easier, harder and longer lasting erections. When I take these supplements, I normally get erections just by thinking about sex. And as soon as there is any sexual touching or a kiss, I normally get an erection. My erections are typically also super hard and last for as long as I continue the sex.
- An increase in the sensation from sexual stimulation. Some of these supplements also significantly amplify and expand the pleasurable sensations from having sex. Sex simply feels even better.
In other words, these supplements not only help me get amazing erections and increase my sex drive, but they also make sex even more pleasurable than normal.
This increased sensation has for me been an incredible discovery and something I really enjoy.
And although I no longer need these supplements to have successful sex, I sometimes take them because they transform the sexual experience.
A Few Words On Safety
Is it safe to take these supplements in the doses that I have been taking?
In the combination I mentioned above, there would be 3×7 grams + 0.75 grams, which is more than 20 grams.
Is this not too much?
Maybe. The answer is that I simply don’t know. I am also not aware of any reputable studies that have looked into what is too much of these supplements.
Neither am I a doctor. I am just a guy that has done a lot of experimentation.
What I can say however, after having taken supplements in these doses for several years, is that I have never noticed any negative side-effects or experiences.
Even when I would take them 3 times a week, I noticed no negative effects.
However, it’s of course possible that there could be accumulated negative effects that will only present themselves in time.
Also, even if I have never experienced any negative effects, that does not mean that these are 100% safe. I simply don’t know.
Should you want to try these supplements in these doses, it is possible that your body will react differently. It is therefore possible that you may experience negative side effects.
Therefore, if you choose to take any of these supplements, you do this 100% at your own risk.
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