Garlic and Erectile Dysfunction
Is Garlic a natural cure for male impotence?
Garlic has been heralded as a wonder drug for thousands of years and has been used for medicinal purposes by the Babylonians, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans and Chinese. It has been used to combat the plague, prevent gangrene, treat hypertension and ward off evil spirits.
But is it the dietary equivalent of Viagra?
"Having a problem maintaining an erection can be socially embarrassing"
Having a problem maintaining an erection can be socially embarrassing - 2.3 million men in the UK are predicted to have erectile dysfunction but most are too embarrassed to admit it.
For most men erectile dysfunction is physiological and not psychological. In order to maintain an erection the arteries need to have an efficient blood flow. Erectile dysfunction indicates a hardening of the arteries, which means it could be an early biomarker of impending cardiovascular disease.
Garlic contains allicin, which improves blood flow. We took eight willing volunteers with erectile dysfunction and fed them four cloves of raw garlic every day for three months to see if we could improve their chances of maintaining an erection, and, in the long-term prevent more serious risks of disease.
Most erectile dysfunction is biological and can therefore be helped with medical or dietary intervention such as Viagra or garlic. If the problem is psychological a change in diet will not help. Our study was not large enough to show conclusively that garlic can help restore a man’s erection but six out of seven of our group did see an improvement just by eating four cloves a day.
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The consultant for the test was Dr Graham Jackson, consultant cardiologist at Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trust.