Nutrients for Penis Health
by Dr. Richard R Howard II
Sexual health is an important part of your life. You can take care of your nutritional needs to maximize your sexual desire and build enough energy for sexual activity, but taking care the body parts involved in these acts is vital as well. The health of your penis plays a role in your general health, and there are a variety of vitamins and herbs you can use to make sure it is in top working order.
Including vitamin E can benefit the health of your penis, especially if you have Peyronie's disease, a condition that presents as a severe curvature when the penis is erect. This curve results from abnormal scar tissue or plaque in the tissues inside your penis; it can cause pain when your penis is erect or during orgasm, according to MayoClinic.com. While there is no cure for Peyronie's disease, your physician may recommend medications, injections or surgery to help relieve symptoms or straighten the curvature. Vitamin E may help improve symptoms as well, according to the Family Doctor website. The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements notes that you should not take more than 1,000 to 1,500 IU per day of vitamin E at the risk of increased bleeding when you receive a cut or when internal injuries occur.
Gingko biloba has long been in use as a medicinal herb to treat for the treatment of circulatory disorders. For this reason, it can help improve the health of your penis by improving circulation to the organ. It may play a role in treatment for erectile dysfunction in particular. The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine notes that erectile dysfunction, the inability of achieve or maintain an erection in order to engage in sexual activity, affects 10 to 20 million men in the United States, particularly as they age and circulation in the body changes. No scientific data supports the use of gingko biloba for penis health, so no recommended dosage exists. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that for other purposes gingko biloba can be taken in doses of up to 240 mg per day. Rare side effects like gastrointestinal problems, headaches, skin reactions and dizziness may occur.
Taking vitamin C supplements or changing your diet to include more foods rich in vitamin C can offer many benefits for sexual health. Vitamin C plays a vital role in your body by growing and repairing tissues throughout your body, including your penis. You need vitamin C to help make collagen, a protein that makes skin and blood vessels, both of which are plentiful in your sexual organs. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes if you have sexual problems like erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation or issues with sexual desire, vitamin C may help. The website recommends taking 250 to 500mg once or twice daily. MayoClinic.com also reveals that a deficiency in vitamin C may cause you to have a low sperm count, which may contribute toward infertility.
It's easy to find ginseng -- it's commonly found in iced tea, and ginseng supplements are commonly available in any drug store. This herb can play a role in the health of your penis in a number of ways. According to the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, ginseng proponents use it for improving stamina and erectile dysfunction. An article published in the October 2003 issue of "American Family Physician" indicates that taking ginseng helped study participants improve penis function and sexual desire. The article recommends taking a dosage of 200mg per day if you're taking extract supplements or 0.5 to 2g per day if eating dried root or taking ginseng in tea. More research is needed to determine ginseng's true effectiveness for penis health.