Advertisement - see our Ad Policy
Advertisement - see our Ad Policy

Can Vitamin D Cure ED?

0
Advertisement

Vitamin D is being touted on many websites as the latest “cure” for erectile dysfunction. A research survey in 20211 found that a Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of erectile dysfunction.

Vitamin D may help with the production of testosterone. However, the association between Vitamin D and testosterone has not been proven. In fact, studies have yielded conflicting results.

A study conducted on 20112 concluded that “vitamin D supplementation might increase testosterone levels”

However, another study in 20183 found that “Vitamin D treatment had no effect on serum TT levels in middle-aged healthy men with low TT levels.”

The majority of cases of ED are not caused by a testosterone deficiency, and studies have shown that raising testosterone levels usually does not improve erectile dysfunction, even in men with Low T (See Does Low Testosterone Cause Erectile Dysfunction?).

Conclusion

A Vitamin D deficiency is not a significant cause of erectile dysfunction, and increasing Vitamin D will probably not improve ED for most men.

However, if you’d like to be sure your getting enough Vitamin D for general health reasons, the best way to achieve this is by getting plenty of sunlight, and eating foods that are rich in vitamin D (fatty fish, liver, red meat, cheese, egg yolks, and fortified milk or juice, ).

If you choose to take a vitamin supplement, do not exceed the recommended daily value of 20 mcg (800 IU). Larger doses of vitamins don’t help the body, and can actually be harmful.




References

  1. Canguven, Onder; Al Malki, Ahmad H. “Vitamin D and Male Erectile Function: An Updated Review.” World Journal of Men’s Health. January 2021; 39(1): 31–37. <https://wjmh.org/DOIx.php?id=10.5534/wjmh.190151>
  2. Pilz, S; Frisch, S; Koertke, H; Kuhn, J; Dreier, J; Obermayer-Pietsch, B;, Wehr, E; Zittermann, A. “Effect of vitamin D supplementation on testosterone levels in men.” Hormone and Metabolic Research. March 2001; 43(3):223-5.
    <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21154195>
  3. Lerchbaum, E; Trummer, C; Theiler-Schwetz, V; Kollmann, M; Wölfler, M; Heijboer, A C; Pilz, S; Obermayer-Pietsch, B. “Effects of vitamin D supplementation on androgens in men with low testosterone levels: a randomized controlled trial.” Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. November 2018. 10.1007/s00394-018-1858-z.
    <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30460609>

Comments are closed.