Virility in the bedroom is always a sensitive subject for men. Most are too embarrassed to discuss their sexual problems with a doctor, so they purchase and use over-the-counter (OTC) men’s supplements with as much secretiveness as a teenager buying a condom or sleeping pills for the first time. While most men may benefit more by hitting the gyms than popping a pill, the latter is definitely the easier and quicker course. However, the efficacy and safety of these dietary supplements is suspect, and may even lead to worse problems.
OTC dietary supplements are largely unregulated, which makes it problematic. Producers can make as many outrageous claims they want without having to prove it. There is also no guarantee that the process or materials are free of impurities, or that the amount used of certain substances are within safe limits for human consumption. At best, consumers are spending as much as $5 a day for a capsule of packed flour, and at worst, they may be doing themselves a lot of harm.
Natural is not always safe
Among the ingredients of the top-selling men’s supplements in the market contain natural substances such as ginkgo biloba, which has some health benefits, but not proven to help erectile dysfunction. In addition, gingko biloba can cause headaches and seizures, and contraindicated for people taking Coumadin. Another popular ingredient is ginseng, which can cause insomnia, headaches, and constipation. Ginseng is particularly dangerous to diabetics as it can lower blood sugar levels.
Men that want to satisfy sexual needs may try OTC dietary supplements in the belief that they are harmless. While most are little more than a money trap for consumers, some can be actually dangerous, especially for men who are on medication for heart, liver, kidney, and other disorders. It would be safer to consult a doctor before taking supplements of any kind, including men’s supplements.