Vitamin deficiency and erectile dysfunction are on the rise for several reasons, but these two issues also have more ways to combat them than ever before. So are these two problems connected? Let’s break down some studies and uncover the truth:
Why should I be concerned?
Vitamin deficiency, specifically vitamin D, is a serious issue. Data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) shows a significant drop of 49% in the US population’s vitamin D levels. Meanwhile, the number of men suffering from ED is increasing. An estimated 322 million men in 2025 will deal with ED. The reason for this worldwide uptick could result from a multitude of factors.
Aging population is a reason, thanks to advancements in modern medicine that have increased life expectancy. Obviously this is a good trend. So what are bad trends? Unhealthy diets and sedentary (inactive) lifestyles are also evident facts. Eating poorly leads to vitamin deficiency. Vitamin D Deficiency (VDD) has been linked to arterial stiffness and vascular dysfunction.
I know you’re thinking “Arterial stiffness sounds like a good thing, though.” Arterial stiffness prevents vasodilation, which is essential for achieving an erection. Arterial stiffness results from calcification. Adequate amounts of vitamin D has been shown to regulate the calcification. However excessive amounts of vitamin D can worsen the calcification too.
What Benefits Does Vitamin D Provide?
When Vitamin D activates, it triggers production of nitric oxides (NO) in endothelial cells. This is important for vascular dilation which in turn prevents ED. Multiple other nonvascular diseases have strong ties to both ED and VDD. This leads us to believe that VDD can contribute to ED. These include the following conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Periodontal disease
Again, these conditions all can be caused by VDD and often lead to ED. This is promising for proper vitamin D doses to help prevent ED. This is to say that by itself, vitamin D can’t cure the issue, but can certainly help.
Are there other vitamins I should know about?
So we’ve focused a lot on Vitamin D now, what other vitamins can stop ED? Let’s take a look at Vitamin B-12. What is vitamin B-12 responsible for? Vitamin B-12 is vital in the formation of red blood cells, nerve function, cell metabolism, and DNA production. This relates to ED because a vitamin B-12 deficiency might cause impotence.
Like we mentioned earlier, Vitamin B-12’s role in nerve function is really important. When there is a deficiency, the nerves necessary to achieve an erection may have been severely damaged by the lack of crucial vitamins. This deficiency is also easily overlooked when there are other contributing conditions to the ED. This vitamin B-12 deficiency is common as we age.
If you are concerned with ED, you also should know that vitamin B-12 deficiency may cause infertility. This goes back to the basic function of vitamin B-12’s responsibility in DNA production and cell metabolism. The male’s infertility is the cause of about 40% of cases where a couple cannot conceive. This is not new knowledge, as it originates from a study conducted in the ’80s.
Scientists in Japan found that 27% of men with a sperm count of less than 20 million were able to easily increase their counts. When given a daily vitamin B-12 dose of 1000 mcg, these men’s sperm counts increased to over 100 million. Vitamins may not solve your ED alone, but a lack can certainly be the reason for it.
Vitamins are not a cure-all, but can be thought of more like proper preventative maintenance for your body. If a vitamin deficiency isn’t causing your ED, it might be worth looking at treatments such as GAINSWave and Priapus Shot.
We offer these painless and promising solutions for any man who has a compromised sex life or Peyronie’s disease and wants optimal performance naturally without the pills or surgery. If you’re ready to tackle your ED, give us a call at (720) 263-9344 or Book Your Free Consultation.