The Caveman Substitute for Viagra

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The desire to keep functioning sexually, regardless of age, is one that men (and their women) have always struggled with.

One of the sadder effects of aging is a loss of the ability to perform the sex act, and while a few men may be willing to simply shrug this off, most will not.

The level of concern over a lack of sex can be seen in a former senator of the United States, Robert Dole, flogging Viagra on television. Perhaps the manufacturer thought was that if concerned men saw one of the country’s anointed “fessing up” to problems, then the average Joe would be more willing to make an appointment with his doctor for his love pills.

Natural Remedies Paleo Men May Have Used

While the healthy diet of our Paleo ancestors may have been instrumental in keeping them more fit in every way, there must have been times when a caveman experienced what is euphemistically called erectile dysfunction (ED). Not having a pharmaceutical company on hand to distribute Viagra, he would have to rely upon the natural world for a solution to the problem.

Because there were no drug stores or medical clinics, cavemen and cavewomen experimented extensively with what nature had provided. They learned which herbs or plants would cure a cough or could be used to ease the pain of childbirth. In the course of their efforts, they undoubtedly came upon substances that enhanced virility.

● Originating in the Middle East, the pomegranate contains substances that can actually prevent ED from occurring in the first place. It seems that pomegranate seeds and juice increase the level of the male hormone testosterone, which would help to keep sexual function high.

● Yohimbe is native to Africa and has long been used to arouse sexual passions, in both men and women. An extract of the bark of the tree is utilized to treat ED, but the side effects of yohimbe bark can be quite dangerous, such as elevated blood pressure, chest pains and difficulty in breathing.

Ginseng has been found to provide some help for ED, principally by dilating the blood vessels. Because ginseng also causes larger amounts of feel-good neurotransmitters to be released, an overall relaxed mood can help improve performance.

● Known by many names, epimedium is native not only to China but is also found in Europe. Whether it is called horny goat weed, fairy wings or barrenwort, epimedium has been shown to increase blood flow generally, which will also help in reversing ED. As with most natural remedies, as well as the name brand ones, there are possible negative side effects such as vomiting and nosebleeds, especially if used over a longer period of time.

Can a Paleo Diet Help?

There actually is proof that a Paleo diet can help a man maintain and recover his virility in many cases. The big secret here is zinc – a deficiency of zinc can result not only in erectile dysfunction but a number of other health problems such as diarrhea and vomiting.

However, because the Paleo diet does depend in large part on animal protein, it can help to supply the necessary amounts of zinc to keep all aspects of the body functioning as they should. Among the foods that are rich in zinc are:

● Oysters
● Beef
● Lamb
● Nuts
● Mushrooms
● Fowl
● Wild boar

It is not unlikely that other animals that cavemen hunted, such as the mammoth and ground sloth, also provided a good source of this essential mineral. And, the diet must have worked since we are all here now.

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