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Condition - Impotence

Erectile dysfunction

By Kelly Walker DipION FdSc VN

Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, is a situation where a man is unable to get, or maintain, an erection. It is surprisingly common and most men, at some stage, will suffer with erectile dysfunction. It can occur at any age and many factors may play a role.


  • Psychological – stress, emotional issues, fear of failure
  • Medication side effects
  • Poor circulation
  • Scar tissue
  • Deposits on the penile artery causing poor circulation
  • Nerve damage 
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Diabetes


  • Arginine – an amino acid that supports nitric oxide, which aids in opening up blood vessels and healthy circulation
  • Gingko – aids in all-round healthy circulation
  • Vitamin E and omega 3 fish oils – support healthy blood flow
  • Lysine and vitamin C – for healthy arteries
  • B complex – to support normal nerve functioning
  • Rhodiola, ashwagandha and ginseng – support the body through stress 

Nutritional advice

  • Eat two portions a week of oily fish; such as sardines, mackerel, herring, salmon or trout; to provide essential omega 3 fatty acids
  • Drink one-and-a-half to two litres of water daily to keep blood circulating efficiently
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee, as these can dehydrate the body
  • Ensure you have lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, to provide antioxidants to offer protection
  • Avoid white, refined products and eat wholegrains instead

Lifestyle advice

  • Deal with any stress or emotional issues and try to resolve them
  • Exercise regularly to keep circulation healthy 

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