A remedy that may help with erectile dysfunction is beet juice. Discover if it can work and find out how much to drink for better erections.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common health concern for men globally. It’s when a man has difficulty getting or maintaining an erection during sex.
Most people are aware of conventional treatments that exist, such as Viagra and Cialis. But there's also been a surge in the popularity of natural remedies.
Drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure and increase nitric oxide and cGMP production, which can all help treat erectile dysfunction.
It's generally suggested to drink one glass a day, but there's no fixed dosage.
Beet juice can help with maintaining a healthy weight and increasing exercise performance.
One such remedy that may help with ED is beet juice. Find out if it works and how much men should drink for better erections.
While there’s no current research that confirms beet juice can fix ED, there are many reasons to believe that it can. Here are a few to consider:
According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, high blood pressure can increase the risk of developing erectile dysfunction.
The article also noted that ED may also be caused by taking high blood pressure medication.
As a result of beet juice lowering blood pressure and reducing the need for blood pressure medication, men can potentially achieve better erections.
It’s important to consult with a doctor before making any changes to blood pressure treatment.
Research has shown that high nitrate foods may help increase the amount of cyclic guanosine monophosphate, or cGMP, in the body.
This substance helps relax blood vessels, which can possibly result in more blood flow to the penis. Given that beets are high in nitrates, it may help with increasing cGMP, and thus improve blood flow to the penis.
As mentioned just a moment ago, beets are packed with nitrates. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Wang Lushun from Arete Ortho states, “As beets contain nitrates, they allow the body to transform them into nitric oxide, enhancing blood flow. This aids in improved circulation, which can help combat erectile dysfunction.”
Nitric oxide relaxes the penile smooth muscle, which contributes to an erection occurring. The gas helps to maintain pressure in the corpus cavernosum, which is what helps men sustain an erection.
When we asked Dr. Wang Lushun, he advised, “While beetle juice seems promising, there is no universally agreed amount that one should consume for this purpose. Some studies suggest drinking one cup of beet juice a day can make a difference. However, the effects of beet juice vary from person to person.”
Beet juice has many other benefits beyond improving erectile dysfunction. Here are a few that are worth noting.
One study published in 2012 found that beet root juice can improve physical performance.
The participants of the study were trained cyclists. They were instructed to drink 2 cups of beet juice daily.
Over the course of the study, the cyclists improved their 10 kilometer time trial by 12 seconds.
Beet juice is great for keeping a healthy weight because it has little to no fat and is low in calories.
Additionally, men who are at a healthier weight can potentially achieve better erections. It’s been proven that those who have comorbid conditions, such as obesity, tend to have more severe ED.
Beet juice is a good source of many minerals, including ones that may actually help treat erectile dysfunction. The minerals that beet juice has include:
Individuals who have lower magnesium levels are more likely to have anxiety. Erectile dysfunction can sometimes be caused by mental issues such as performance anxiety.
Drinking beet juice may increase magnesium levels, decrease performance anxiety, and improve erectile function.
In a study on Zinc, researchers found that the mineral helped to improve sexual and erectile function in rats.
Overall, the main benefits of beet juice, according to Dr Lushun, are that it helps lower blood pressure, improve exercise stamina, and potentially boosts brain health.
He also notes, “From an orthopedic perspective, improved circulation is beneficial for bone and joint health as it aids in nutrient delivery and waste removal at these sites.”
While generally safe, consuming excessive beet juice might lead to gastrointestinal discomfort and a condition called beeturia, where your urine and stool may turn red.
Dr. Lushun stated that, “Changes in bowel movements or reddish urine known as beeturia, may occur. Those with kidney problems should avoid beet juice due to its high levels of oxalates, which can contribute to kidney stones. Other than that, as beet juice has blood pressure-lowering effects, those on blood pressure medications should seek professional advice before taking beet juice.”
Erectile dysfunction is a condition that affects men of all ages. Sometimes it may be occasional, in which case, it’s not a major cause for concern.
While ED medications tend to be the most effective treatment, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can sometimes be enough to treat it.
Though more research is needed, beet juice—with its nitrate content and antioxidant properties—holds promise as a natural aid for erectile dysfunction.
The drink may improve blood flow to the penis and help reduce anxiety-induced ED. Talk with a healthcare provider about drinking beet juice to treat erectile dysfunction.
Dr LS Wang is an internationally published, award-winning, double-fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with more than 18 years of clinical experience. Throughout the course of his career, he has pioneered advanced minimally invasive techniques for robotic knee and hip surgery that result in enhanced recoveries. He is currently the Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Medical Director of Arete Orthopaedic Clinic."
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