There are many herbal supplements designed to treat ED. However, they have a weaker effect than the world-famous Viagra. Some people take both Viagra and herbal supplements to get a more pronounced synergistic effect. Is it safe? Is it possible to combine Viagra and herbal supplements? Let's figure it out.
Viagra is a medical remedy that is widely used by men, as it allows them to quickly restore the potency when it’s needed. The active substance of the drug is sildenafil citrate, which dilates the blood vessels. The drug is used an hour before the planned sex, and its effect persists for 4-6 hours. The mechanism of its action is the inhibition of the enzyme PDE5 which leads to a worsening of blood flow in the penile organ. As a result, the blood flow improves. (This is a simplified scheme of the drug’s action; in fact, it is more complex and involves such substances as cGMP and NO).
The medication has a high safety profile and is normally combined with most other medications. However, some medications (e.g. nitrates and antihypertensive remedies) may interact negatively with Viagra. The same may apply to herbal anti-ED supplements.
Types of Herbal ED Supplements
In online pharmacies, you can find many herbal supplements that help the body fight ED.
The list of the most famous supplements includes:
Yohimbine. This is a powerful substance, an alkaloid derived from the bark of an African yohimbe tree. Yohimbe has an exciting effect on the central nervous system. Stimulating the work of the brain and eliminating the state of internal inhibition of spinal centers of erection and ejaculation in the cortex of the cerebral hemispheres, it improves the blood filling of the cavernous bodies of the penis thereby increasing sexual sensation and potency. Yohimbe also works as an inhibitor of monoamine oxidase, having an antidepressant effect.
L-arginine. In the human organism, L-arginine amino is exposed to enzymes that synthesize nitric oxide (NO) from it. This substance dilates the blood vessels, including those located in the penile organ. Arginine, however, works as a building material for NO, while PDE5i meds, such as Viagra, increase the production of NO by activating other mechanisms.
L-citrulline. It is an amino acid (amino), naturally synthetized by the body. When taking as a supplement, L-citrulline is converted by the body to L-arginine, the useful properties of which have been described above.
Muira Puama. The extract of this plant improves the erection, activates the production of testosterone, improves the quality of sperm and male libido.
Red ginseng extract. It is a product that is produced by special technology from the root of Asian ginseng. This herbal supplement for potency has a strengthening effect, can remove puffiness, inflammation, and eliminate other problems of reproductive function in men.
Eurycoma longifolia. The plant not only increases libido and libido, but also improves physical fitness and muscle mass. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunomodulating properties, and also prevents the aging of the vascular tissue.
It should be noted that Eurycoma is often marketed as Tongkat Ali herbal supplement. This is a natural remedy that helps men to maintain a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. It contains various biologically active compounds (ginsenosides, steroid saponins, different healthy acids) that favorably influence sexual activity.
Along with herbal supplements for the treatment of male erectile problems, vitamins and mineral and other substances (B1, E, B3, B6, B12, selenium, carnitine) are used to improve blood circulation.
The main advantage of dietary supplements is their low cost and a small list of contraindications. At the same time, if official medicines act primarily selectively, dietary supplements for men have a complex effect, improving the overall condition of the reproductive function and the body in general. For example, selenium is an important microelement for the functioning of the reproductive system. It is a part of sperm proteins, improves the production and quality of sperm, promotes sex drive. Also, this substance protects the heart muscle from damage, prevents the oxidation of cholesterol and protects the walls of the vessels, which positively affects both the cardiovascular system and potency.
The Issue of Stacking Viagra and Herbal ED Supplements Together
If you are experiencing ED problems and want to find a way to relieve the symptoms, consult your health care provider. If you want to take traditional medications for ED, such as sildenafil (Viagra) or its generic version (Canadian Viagra or Indian Viagra), along with herbal supplements, talk with your medical expert about it. Such supplements as ginseng, Muira Puama, etc. can contribute to the treatment of male impotence. The doctor can help you make a treatment regimen that is safe & less likely to lead to side effects or other problems.
Viagra is not recommended to combine with natural supplements that affect the level of nitric oxide. First of all, it concerns arginine & citrulline. If we are talking about supplements that have other mechanisms of action, for example, contribute to the production of testosterone in the body, Viagra can usually be safely stacked with them. Additionally, Viagra may be combined with vitamin (mineral) supplements. Anyway, you should consult a health care provider before stacking sildenafil-containing drugs and natural supplements.
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