Erectile dysfunction can be a frustrating and demoralizing condition, particularly when standard treatments do not work.
Apple cider vinegar may, however, treat some of the medical conditions that can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED). Anecdotal evidence and folk medical tradition both suggest that ED may improve with apple cider vinegar.
Most men experience few or no side effects associated with apple cider vinegar, making it a possible alternative for men concerned about the health effects of ED drugs.
Fast facts on apple cider vinegar and ED:
- Apple cider vinegar is a popular folk remedy.
- ED, sometimes called impotence, includes a range of symptoms.
- For most people, apple cider vinegar is reasonably safe and well tolerated.
- Apple cider vinegar is not a scientifically validated treatment for ED.
Apple cider vinegar for ED
For some men, ED means being completely unable to get an erection. In others, an erection does not last long enough or takes a lot of effort to sustain.
No studies have directly tested the effects of apple cider vinegar on ED. This means that a man should not use the vinegar as the only treatment for his ED, particularly when he does not know what is causing the problem.
The most common problems that lead to ED include:
- anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship issues
- kidney disease
- multiple sclerosis
- type 2 diabetes
- heart disease
- high blood pressure or high cholesterol
- injuries to the penis due to surgery or trauma
- bladder cancer or bladder surgery
Apple cider vinegar can treat some, but not all, causes of ED. Moreover, research on the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar is mixed.Some studies that found a benefit were small or poorly designed. In other cases, some studies found a benefit while others did not. So men should talk to their doctors before trying apple cider vinegar for ED.