Discover why natural erectile dysfunction pills should include folic acid!
Did you know if your body isn’t getting enough folic acid then you are more at risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE)?
When most people discuss folic acid (also known as B6) they are referring to its importance to women’s health, especially in the lead-up and during pregnancy. Folic acid is one of those essential nutrients that helps to prevent birth defects and supports normal development in infancy. However, new research is highlighting how important folic acid is for men in maintaining healthy sexual function.
Researchers from the Wuhan University in China have found a link between low levels of folic acid and ED/PE.
Through blood analysis, Yan and colleagues measured the concentration of folic acid in men suffering from ED and/or PE. They also measured the levels of key sex hormones (testosterone, luteinizing hormone, and follicle-stimulating hormone) and the metabolic waste product homocysteine.
Over the four week study period the mean intravaginal ejaculation latency time (IELT) was also measured. All the results were then compared with samples and measurements obtained from men with a healthy sexual function.
There were no significant differences observed between the groups in terms of sex hormone concentrations. However, folic acid levels did vary significantly and this had repercussions for ED and/or PE. Men with low levels of folic acid had higher concentrations of homocysteine and experience ED and/or PE.
How do folic acid levels affect male sexual function?
To achieve an erection and ejaculate there are a number of neurotransmitters involved. If there are problems with these neurotransmitters, sexual function will be adversely affected.
Folic acid plays an important role in sexual function as it’s involved in the metabolism of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), nitric oxide (NO), and the waste product homocysteine.
The neurotransmitters NO and 5-HT are involved in the control of ejaculation. Insufficient NO will also adversely affect vasodilation, making it difficult to achieve and maintain an erection. This can further be compounded by increased homocysteine levels which will damage the arteries and reduce the ability to have an erection.
So what does all this mean?
If you are concerned about PE and/or ED increasing your intake of folic acid along with other key nutrients may help.
Some foods that are naturally rich in folic acid include lentils, pulses, green vegetable and citrus fruits. The best way to ensure you are getting enough folic acid is to take a quality supplement. If you combine folic acid with the amino acid arginine and pine bark extract, you’ll be doing your sex life a great favour.
There are some excellent natural supplements combining these ingredients which can make a big difference. Unlike many medications prescribed for ED and/or PE, these natural nutrients don’t have adverse health effects, so you can take them with confidence.
It’s important to note that with any supplement the results are not instant. You’ll need these compounds to gradually build up in your system before you can expect to notice physical improvements. ED and PE are complex conditions.
In some cases there may be other factors influencing sexual dysfunction. So it’s always a good idea to have a chat to your doctor about possible causes in addition to taking a quality natural supplement.
Yan, W. et.al. (2014). A new potential risk factor in patients with erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation: folate deficiency. Asian Journal of Andrology. Volume 16, Issue 6, (pp. 902-6).