One in four erectile dysfunction (ED) cases occur in men under 40. Stress and low quality sleep might be contributing factors.
But even if you don’t have this problem, sometimes it can be fun to pretend that you do, and use ED treatment methods to spark a man of steel moment. Many men have experimented with small doses of Viagra for just such an experiment, but this has some risks.
Luckily, a fresh study is showing that another supplement – French maritime pine bark extract – might have a similar result. And even better: It seems to be good for your health.
For this research, scientists brought in 53 men with ED. Thirty-two of them were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. (ED is thought to be an early sign of diabetes.) And all the men had normal testosterone.
Some of them were given a placebo while others got a 120 mg dose of Pycnogenol, an extract of the French maritime pine bark. This went on for three months.
All men had blood tests and reported their erections using the Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) form.
- Pycnogenol helped erectile functioning in the diabetic men by 45%.
- For the non-diabetes group, hard-on health was increased by 22%.
- As for the placebo group? They had no improvement.
How To Use This For Yourself
French maritime pine bark extract gives you better blood flow by helping vascular function. Your erections are, of course, all about blood. Pycnogenol also helps nitric oxide production.
Past studies have demonstrated that pine bark extract might be good for your prostate, helping you keep your temperamental glands in check. It might even manage your blood pressure in higher doses.
If you’re looking for an extra special bedroom time, take 120 mg (two 60 mg servings at different times during the day) as the men in this study did.
While this is not as strong as ED drugs, it has other health benefits – and you can get it without a prescription – making it pretty great sexual enhancer.