Lately I have been suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED).
Q. Dear Terry, “I am a healthy 60 year old male but I have been experiencing a rather embarrassing health problem. Lately I have been suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED). My doctor had me try a few prescription medications, but nothing changed. I’m hoping you have some natural recommendations to help with this issue.” — S.W., Indianapolis, IN
A. Dear S.W., I encourage you to discuss any recommendations with your primary healthcare practitioner, as they may have additional input.
One of the best botanicals for increasing energy, whether physical, mental, or sexual, is maca. Grown in the highlands of the Andes Mountains, the maca root has been used by indigenous cultures as far back as 2,000 years ago. Incan warriors would consume maca before entering into battle, and maca garnered a reputation for enhancing strength, libido, and fertility.
Today we use maca for many of the same purposes as ancient cultures. In a clinical study with 50 men affected by mild erectile dysfunction, the researchers found that daily intake of maca improved overall sexual satisfaction, enhanced erectile function, and improved overall psychological well-being.
When looking for maca – buyer beware – as lots of companies are making claims about “special” forms of maca. However, I think maca is best when in the form used in the ancient Andean cultures, nothing altered or manipulated. I prefer a whole root and organic maca because it has the most powerful effect. I also think it is important to use a maca that has been clinically studied.
I would take 1,500-4,500 mg of an organic, whole maca root extract daily.
You may also want to consider a botanical called Long Jack (Eurycoma longifolia). Also known as Tongkat Ali, it’s a tall, slender shrub-like tree native to Southeast Asia. I suggest taking 50-100 mg of Long Jack daily.
Terry . . . Naturally