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Is it OK to take supplements for erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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Keep in mind that most nutritional supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA as drugs or foods. While they have to meet certain quality standards, they're not guaranteed to be safe for everyone. You should always talk with your doctor before you start taking any supplements. Also:

  • Avoid supplements from outside the U.S.
  • Check on the FDA's website to see if the supplements under review
  • Don't take more than the recommended dosage
  • Take only one supplement at a time

From: Alternative Treatments for ED WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Center for Biotechnology Information .

Mayo Clinic: “Herbal supplements: What to know before you buy.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Erectile Dysfunction.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Acupuncture for ED?”

University of Michigan Health System: “DHEA.”

Journal of Sexual Medicine : “Vitamin D and Erectile Dysfunction.”

Nutrition: “Zinc status and serum testosterone levels of healthy adults.”

Cassidy, Aedín, , 2008. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy : “Treatment of erectile dysfunction with pycnogenol and L-arginine.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 27, 2016

SOURCES:

National Center for Biotechnology Information .

Mayo Clinic: “Herbal supplements: What to know before you buy.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Erectile Dysfunction.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Acupuncture for ED?”

University of Michigan Health System: “DHEA.”

Journal of Sexual Medicine : “Vitamin D and Erectile Dysfunction.”

Nutrition: “Zinc status and serum testosterone levels of healthy adults.”

Cassidy, Aedín, , 2008. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy : “Treatment of erectile dysfunction with pycnogenol and L-arginine.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 27, 2016

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