Excessive TNF-alpha levels are associated with ED – so does reducing them help fight ED?
A while ago I was doing some experiments taking herbal and vitamin TNF-alpha inhibitors (for anti-inflammatory purposes), and noticed that while I took these, I had the hardest erections I’d seen for ages. Sometimes just spontaneous ones, like being a teenager.
On checking this out, I found that there is a link between erectile dysfunction and high TNF-alpha:
Since TNF-alpha may arise from chronic low level infection, here we see yet again that there is a link between a human health condition — in this case erectile dysfunction — and pathogenic microbes.
Perhaps those people with higher microbial loads in their bodies will have higher TNF-alpha levels. And such people may therefore have less erection strength. Anyway, for anyone that has some underlying chronic inflammation in their body (perhaps due to an infection-linked health conditions like CFS, lupus, IBS, etc), consider that this may be causing a degree of erectile dysfunction.
Here is a list of TNF-alpha inhibitors (in no particular order) that may remedy this erectile dysfunction:
The following supplements DECREASE production of TNF-alpha:
Cat’s claw herb – a remarkably potent inhibitor of TNF-alpha production.
“5-Loxin” extract from Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrata) is a very potent inhibitor of TNF-alpha.
Acetylcholine significantly inhibits the release of TNF-alpha (L-carnitine can boost acetylcholine).
Burdock (Arctium lappa) — Arctigenin extract
Evening primrose oil (GLA converts to Prostaglandin E1, which suppresses TNF-alpha)
Alpha lipoic acid
Allicin (from garlic)
Stinging nettle leaf (Urtica dioica)
EGCG (green tea extract)
Tea tree oil
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Anethole (in fennel)
Fish Oil (Omega-3)
Andrographolide (from Andrographis paniculata)
The following INCREASE production of TNF-alpha:
Aged garlic extract
Biotin deficiency up-regulates TNF-alpha production in murine macrophages
Note that in my TNF-alpha reduction experiments, I used a good 10 or 12 of these various different supplements at the same time, including the more potent ones like cat’s claw.