IS ‘HERBAL VIAGRA’ SAFE?

Be wary of any product that claims to be a natural form of Viagra. Herbal supplements aren’t held to the same standards as prescription and over-the-counter medications — so it’s often difficult to say which ones are safe or effective.
Sildenafil (Viagra) is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction. It works by increasing blood flow to the penis when you become sexually aroused. Some “herbal viagra” supplements are advertised as a cheaper alternative, available without a prescription.
Some of these products do contain substances that improve blood flow by relaxing the walls of blood vessels. However, none of them focuses specifically on blood vessels in the penis, as do Viagra and similar prescription drugs. As a result, these so-called “herbal viagra” supplements can cause dangerously low blood pressure in some men — particularly men who take nitrate medications for heart problems.
Another reason to be wary is that you can’t be certain what you’re taking. Some products marketed as “herbal viagras” have been pulled off the market because they contain undeclared prescription medications. It can be dangerous to take supplements that contain unknown amounts of prescription medications or other unidentified ingredients.
Some natural remedies may be viable options for easing erectile dysfunction. Examples of herbal remedies used for sexual problems include ginseng, ginkgo, L-arginine and yohimbe. However, there’s still limited evidence on how well they work — and some have known dangers. For example, yohimbe can interact with prescription medications and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
If you have erectile dysfunction, see your doctor to make sure it isn’t caused by an underlying health problem or isn’t a side effect of medications you take. Your safest bet in treating erectile problems is to rely on your doctor’s evaluation and recommendations. Before using any herbal remedy or supplement, check with your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you.






Some Foods to Prevent Erectile Dysfunction

There’s no miracle food to prevent erectile dysfunction. However, there is some evidence that certain foods may help. “Evidence that foods can help with ED is probably related to a vascular connection,” says Firouz Daneshgari, MD, professor and chairman of the department of urology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. “Erectile problems are usually due to not having a good blood supply to the penis, so foods that are good for your vascular system may also help prevent ED.” Should you eat more of the foods containing these key nutrients?
Find out which foods may prevent erection problems — and how they work.
Nitrates in Leafy Greens and Beets- Leafy green vegetables, like celery and spinach, may increase circulation because of their high concentration of nitrates. Beet juice has been found to be really high in nitrates. Nitrates are vasodilators, which means they open up blood vessels and increase blood flow.
Protein in Pistachios- A recent study found that men with erectile dysfunction who ate pistachio nuts every day for three weeks experienced significant improvement in sexual issues, including ED, sexual desire, and overall sexual satisfaction. The benefits of pistachios for erection problems may be due to a protein called arginine, which may help relax blood vessels.
Lycopene in Tomatoes and Grapefruit- Lycopene is one of those phytonutrients that is good for circulation and good for sexual issues. Lycopene is found in deep red fruits like tomatoes and grapefruits. Some studies show that lycopene may be absorbed best when mixed with oily vegetables like avocados and spinach.