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Supplements, Heart Disease, and Erectile Dysfunction

Supplements, Heart Disease, and Erectile Dysfunction Studies show that vitamins and supplements don’t protect against heart disease, but people continue to buy them anyway. Could this have implications for sexual health? It might.

In May 2018, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology published a review of 179 medical studies on vitamin and mineral supplements used for preventing or treating heart disease. The research team focused on four particular supplements: multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin C. But they found “no consistent benefit” for the prevention of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, or deaths from any cause. (Folic acid was found to decrease stroke risk, however.)

“Despite high use, there is no agreement on whether individual vitamins or minerals or combination supplements should be taken to prevent or treat heart disease,” the American College of Cardiology said in a press release.

“Current recommendations to adopt healthy diets that are heavy in plant-based foods from which these vitamins are derived naturally should be reinforced,” the organization explained.

Still, vitamins and supplements are popular. In 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that 52% of almost 38,000 study participants used some form of supplement in the 2011-2012 time period.

And last month, in an article for Medscape, Dr. Christopher Labos discussed the reasons why people may take vitamins and supplements even if they don’t have to. “Ultimately, it seems that many people use vitamins and supplements because they believe that it will make them healthier,” he wrote.

So what is the connection with sexual health? The answer is two-fold.

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