The Best Arginine-Based Erection Cures

nobel-prizeWhen I decided to look for a cure for my impotence four years ago I had no idea what a journey I was about to embark on. The next two years were a frustrating mission of trial and error, because I was about to try pretty much every erection enhancer under the sun.

I had some very frustrating experiences especially with Maca and Spanish Fly. They made me horny, but I still couldn’t get an erection! Also, there is also no scientific research to prove they actually work. Dosages and production are not standardised so after a while I realised I was gambling on my health.

Thanks to my wife, I came across Arginine in 2012 and once I understood why it had won the Nobel Prize I tried five Arginine products.

CLICK to read why Arginine won the NOBEL PRIZE

Arginine’s Key Role in the Body

Arginine is a semi-essential amino acid. This means that the body actually produces it itself, but not always in sufficient amounts for optimal health benefit1! The main benefits are that it improves circulation throughout the body, lowers blood pressure and reduces healing time of injuries.

Arginine improves your body's natural ability to create an erection

Arginine improves your body’s natural ability to create an erection

This means you get a healthier and sustainable erection. Further, you also get to enjoy subtle holistic health benefits such as better digestion, immunity2, energy levels3, muscular strength4, healthier skin and hair5

The circulation-based health benefits of Arginine to the human body are so significant that the Nobel Prize committee rewarded the researchers who discovered its effects in the 60s and 70s with the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998. The researchers had discovered that Arginine is the most important precursor to Nitric Oxide (NO), which is the neurotransmitter used in the human body to signal vasodilation or the relaxation or blood vessels walls allowing them to expand and more blood to flow through them.

Arginine therefore has a statistically significant life-prolonging effect, because better circulation means less risk of cardiovascular disease. Indeed, circulatory diseases are the number number 1 killer in the Western world above the age of 45.

Specifically for erectile function, Nitric Oxide ensures that the penis can be naturally and effectively filled with blood, so it can mechanically function the way it is designed to. In fact, not being able to fill the penis with blood is the most common cause of ED. This type of ED is called “vascular Erectile Dysfunction”.

Dr Ignarro, one of the Nobel-Prize winning researchers of the “Benefits of Nitric Oxide as a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system” talks about the benefits in this very interesting video:


Also, well-known libido enhancers associated with treating potency problems like Maca 6, Spanish Fly and Yohimbine have never been successfully trialled on humans7. Dosages and production methods are not standardised.

The famous blue pills work differently to Arginine induced Nitric Oxide. Rather than encouraging an erection to happen by improving blood flow into the penis, they work by blocking the outflow of blood. They are arguably complimentary to an Arginine and Pine Bark Extract-based treatment.

However, are expensive and only have temporary effects and all of them have unpredictable side effects.

Trust me, I have tried them all, because there is only one way to find out. But are you willing to take that gamble on your health?

Early studies concluded that a dose of 5,000mg per day of Arginine does not have a satisfactory effect on treating erectile dysfunction as only 31% of subjects reported improvement8.

However, when the Arginine was combined with 80mg of Pine Bark Extract (PBE) per day, even a smaller dose of 1.7g per day cured erection problems in 92.5% of participants after three months9.

How Pine Bark Extract Boosts the Arginine Effect

Arginine reduces risk of strokes and heat attacks by helping to keep your arteries free of plague Pine bark extract (trademarked as Pycnogenol in the USA) is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and produced from the French Maritime Bark. It has been used for hundreds of years and effect proven in over 30 studies.

It’s main benefit on the cardiovascular system is that systemically improves Arginine’s effect on the cardio-vascular system – arteries are simply kept younger, more elastic and free of plaque.

Interestingly, while Arginine alone did not have significant benefits to the erection10, 2003 a key study found that an Arginine-pine bark extract combo effectively healed 92.5% of men with diagnosed erectile dysfunction after 3 months!11

These two nutrients reinforce each other and make for an erection-boosting “Dream Team”.

I consider myself lucky to have discovered Arginine and pine bark extract, because it is a fountain of youth, a life-enhancing and prolonging nutrient combo. Multiple systems in our body benefit from NO Boosting: better digestion, immunity2, energy levels3, muscular strength4, healthier joints, skin and hair5 and lower risk of diabetes, strokes and heart attacks.


Arginine + Pine Bark Extract = The “Super Combo”

I realised that Arginine and Pine Bark Extract is the most effective natural way to treat the most common root cause of impotence – poor vascularity, i.e. rate of blood flow into the penis. The best thing is that it does this without any side effects whatsoever. And if you combine them with zinc, B vitamins and Betaine you get a very effective health cocktail.

Initially I bought all the nutrients separate, but got sick of popping 10+ pills per day very quickly. I really wanted an all-in-one, one-pill-combo. A solution with fewer pills, less running out of one.. simply less headache. My life is complicated enough as it is!

The two products I could find with this combination are amitamin M forte and aminoexpert’s Vigarin (please PM me if you find more). I found them on this site, which compares them neatly side-by-side. So I bought three months worth of each and tried them both.

My Favourite – amitamin® M forte

amitamin® M forte is manufactured in Germany by Berlin-based amitamin. It has 3,000mg of Arginine and 80mg of Pine Bark Extract per day to oil and rejuvenate your cardiovascular system.

m forte 3 months

M forte is the most complete, allround cardiovascular erection cure

It has zinc for better immunity, sexual health and testosterone production and vitamin D and E as anti-ageing antioxidants. Apparently, its combo of Betaine and the vitamins B6, B9 (Folic Acid) and B12 reduces homocysteine16. Homocysteine is a lot like Cholesterol, basically a natural toxic metabolic waste product, which damages blood vessels as we get older.

You have to take 6 capsules per day, ideally split into three in the morning and three at night for more even release of nutrients throughout the day. The value is good when you get the multi-pack discount. Three months will cost you £98 in total or £33 / month.

I always buy four months to get the multi-pack discount and save a few quid on the delivery 🙂 If you only buy one monthly pack it is a bit expensive (£59) and you get DHL-tracked shipping only free over £100.   I also liked that M forte is registered with the German Central Pharmaceutical Database. So it is fully regulated and transparent with all nutrients listed in detail.

aminoexpert vigarin with blister packaging

VIGARIN is a very close 1st runner-up with free delivery and the fat-burning amino acid L-carnitine

My Backup – aminoexpert VIGARIN

Vigarin is very similar to M forte. It has the same 3,000mg of Arginine and 80mg of Pine Bark Extract per day as well as zinc, vitamin B9 (aka folic acid) and D. Interestingly, it includes L-Carnitine, which is great for energy metabolism and fat loss (especially in combination with omega-3). Also, like M forte, VIGARIN’s ingredients are properly and transparently listed. I am not a fan of “proprietary mixes”, because like to know what I am putting inside my body!

Unfortunately, you have to buy it in Euros (€), but with a credit card this doesn’t really matter. Vigarin costs about 15% less than M forte (€39.50, which is about £33) and delivery is always free!

Waste of money and time

Initially I had bought Arginine powder and pine bark extract separately on amazon, because I thought I could save some money. I did this only once though. The Arginine powder tastes nasty, because it is chemically rich in sulphur.

Then, once I had also ordered zinc and the other multi-vitamins it actually worked out more expensive than m forte or aminoexpert. I also had the issue of running out of one, having to reorder it, pay extra for faster delivery, then sometimes being out for a few days.. it just wasn’t working.

Dr Bensons formulax men boxAnother product I looked at is amino-X men by Dr Jenson’s. I first came across it on a forum and managed to get an introduction to their “exclusive buyers club”, but I was pretty disappointed.

The product isn’t actually bad, because it also includes pine bark extract and arginine. But it doesn’t have zinc, it is very expensive (€99 or approximately £79 per month) and I could only use their website via google translate. I still bought it once, it took two weeks to arrive (they sent it second class & untracked) and support never responded to me. I won’t be buying it again!

It’s been worth it!

I now just take three amitamin m forte in morning and three at night so the nutrients are more evenly available in my body. I love the stuff, because everything is in one tablet, the shipping is free, it is top quality from Germany always delivered by courier and I get decent value for money.

All the nutrients are in one pill and work in unison to protect the cardiovascular system. Budgeting and swallowing is much easier that way. I have set alarms on my phone in the morning and at night every day so I remember to take them, because the key with food supplements is consistency. You have to take all nutrients daily on an ongoing basis.

Of course there is no guarantee that better circulation will protect you from diseases or fix your erection. Like everything else in life, this is a numbers game. But it improves the chance that you will stay healthy – regardless of whether or not you believe the promises, because it is proven by so many research studies and the ultimate rubberstamp, the Nobel Prize!

key to a happy marriageI and am happy to take M forte for the rest of my life to keep my erection as long as I can, and also as a prevention against arthritis, heart disease and all the rest. I never expected to uncover such a fountain of youth when I set out to find a cure for my ED.

To me the science works, because the numbers in the research prove it. It might even work that little bit better if you believe in it like I do and you live your life with a smile knowing that you are doing something a little extra to stay healthy!

Having a very healthy erection certainly adds to this happiness … and my wife’s! 🙂

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27 Responses

  1. stephen tucker April 19, 2014 / 8:02 am

    Hello i havebeen experiencing erection problems for over 3 years,came off anti depressents asthought tey were te problem.been to doctor had loads of testescant fnd anythingwrong with me.I have tried the famous potency drugs, but not very romantic having to take a tablet an hour before sex.just want to takesomething every day to sort it out.going to cost me my marriage .not got a very patient partner or understanding one.

    • Dave April 25, 2014 / 8:37 am

      I hear you, Stephen! Honestly though, if she is not patient or understanding she may simply not be worth it. She may instrumentalise the erection problems as a convenient excuse (because effective on multiple levels such as gender roles, ego, peer justification) to engineer a break up. Have a read of my Red Flags in Relationships article in the “Fun” section. I was in a similar situation. Best of luck on this one.
      In terms of the erection, well done for coming off the anti depressants! Don’t bother with the (in-)famous potency drugs. My best recommendation is to start lifting weights (check out the stronglifts 5×5 programme, which I followed religiously), eat clean, sleep well, no smoking, minimise porn and take Vigarin or m forte for Arginine with pine bark extract. It WILL turn your life around. Let me know how you get on – good luck!

  2. Amuntung Joseph Tumasang April 25, 2014 / 11:43 am

    I am 69 years old and have been experiencing ED about one year ago. Please advice ; also
    direct me to where I can get ARGININE plus the pine bark extract either in the UK here
    where I am visiting before I return to Cameroon -Africa in two months time.
    Please treat as urgent and reply early. God bless you abundantly

    • Dave April 28, 2014 / 7:55 am

      Dear Amuntung, thank you for your message. amitamin m forte, VIGARIN and PRELOX are all combination-products and include both Arginine and pine bark extract in one pill. You can order them all online (see links below) and delivery in the UK should take the standard 2-3 days.

      1. amitamin m forte

      2. PRELOX

      3. VIGARIN

      Keep in mind that you need to work on keeping your testosterone level up with regular exercise, good sleep and clean food. Good luck Amuntung und keep me updated!

  3. John Massey May 7, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    I am 79 years but I would still really wish I could have full intercourse with my wife of (75 years) who is just as interested as myself but sadly i suffer from ED (for the past 5 years) and although I enjoy caressing her all over prior to masturbating her, she still wishes that i could penetrate her with my penis. I have tried blue pills, Pumps with rings etc. What can you suggest that i could try; long term or short term or both
    Mr John Massey

    • Dave May 8, 2014 / 5:32 pm

      Dear John, Thank you for getting in touch. I suggest you tackle the issue with both long and short-term tools.

      Firstly, at your age your arteries are much less flexible and do not transport enough blood into your penis for a full erection sufficient for intercourse. I recommend tackling this issue with an Arginine and Pine Bark Extract supplement (amitamin M forte or aminoexpert Vigarin), which will rejuvinate your arteries (making them more flexible) and therefore improve your ability to flood your penis with blood to create an erection in the first place. This is the long-term approach.

      Secondly, you could take an (in-)famous potency drug or one of its cousins for an additional complimentary short-term effect. These drugs work by blocking blood *outflow* and thereby help you *keep* your erection once you have it. I hope this makes sense. Please make sure you only buy it from a reputable source. Also please note I only recommend using a blue pill because of your cardiovascular age. Good luck!

  4. Chris October 5, 2014 / 10:45 am

    I just need to know if I start on Amitamin M Forte am I on it for life? Thanks Chris

    • Dave October 6, 2014 / 3:08 pm

      Hi Chris, The short answer is the longer you are giving your body Arginine + pine bark extract, the longer you will enjoy the benefits and hopefully stay healthy. Of course, it is up to you if you prefer M forte, vigarin or anything similarly sensible. Personally, I see it as preventative (rather than reactive – get my gist?) health insurance so I am planning on staying on it for life.

  5. Rob November 1, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    Hi Chris. If I start taking Arginine + pine bark extract can I still take the blue pill? If I do will it compromise the effects of the tablets (Arg + pine bark ext) ?
    I am researching this and have a visit to my docs so just compiling some options.

    • Dave November 4, 2014 / 6:28 pm

      Dear Rob, the short answer is yes you can take them both – and they are actually complimentary in their effect. Arginine improves the ability to flood blood into the penile tissue and the blue pill improves the ability to trap it once it is inside. However, since the blue pill and Arginine BOTH act as vasodilators they will reinforce each others’ effect, which means you should take a lower dose of the blue pill. I strongly suggest you discuss the exact dosage with your GP. Good luck!

  6. David Birchall December 4, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    How many days will it take for me to acheive a proper erection? providing I take the recommended dose each day. I am 70 years old and have had ED for 7 or more years, and I have been on prescription medication for impotence for the past 5 years.

    • Dave December 30, 2014 / 10:58 am

      Dear David, the research shows that your chance of a normal erection is approximately 92% after 90 days of taking 2 x 40mg of Pine Bark Extract and 1.7g of Arginine per day. Both Vigarin and M forte include these two micronutrients (and a few other beneficial ones) in slightly higher, i.e. slightly more effective concentrations. Keep in mind that at your age your “normal” erection is going to be less strong than when you were younger.

      It is VERY important is that you do NOT take your prescription medication *and* the two nutrients at the same time, because they will likely interact and reinforce each others’ effect. Whilst this might be a desired effect for you 🙂 it is really important you discuss this with your GP before you do it. It seems you have a good relationship with him/her, because of your long-term subscription. He/she may suggest that you come off the prescription medication first and try just the supplements or try both with lower dosages to see how your body reacts to them. You are doing the right thing, just keep trying and talking to your GP. Good luck!

  7. norman.bartholomew December 6, 2014 / 12:38 pm

    i am a diabetic i have every pill going and nothing seems to work i and injections they don’t work what can i do as i used sex made now nothing can you help

    • Dave December 30, 2014 / 10:24 am

      Hi Norman, Have you investigated natural treatments for your diabetes type in combination with big lifestyle (incl. diet!) changes? I would say that is the first step as it seems to be underlying cause, but discuss this with your doctor in detail please! Good luck!

  8. babu January 25, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    iam indian. where and how can i buy amitomin m forte in india with indian money?

    • Dave February 6, 2015 / 10:46 am

      Dear Babu, I am afraid I don’t know. You would need to look for distributors, ask the manufacturers or ask around on forums. Good luck!

  9. Jusak June 9, 2015 / 11:50 am


    The products in your list are not available in Australia hence I have to buy Arginine and Pine Bark Extract separately. Does the dose for Pine Bark Extract have to be 80mg?
    I couldn’t find the one that contains exactly 80mg.

    • Dave April 5, 2016 / 11:00 am

      Dear Juask, I have heard from Aussie readers that they are very happy with M forte and Vigarin so please check again.

  10. B September 22, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    I’ve struggled for years, I had high blood pressure so I got this arginine for my blood pressure, surprised it also works for my erections too.

  11. gary December 31, 2015 / 2:22 am

    Which one of these products ship to the USA?

    • Dave April 5, 2016 / 11:02 am

      I don’t know Gary, please check directly with the producers and let us know what you find out.

  12. Joe June 6, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Hi, Dave. I have tried Levitra, Cialis, and Viagra. Nothing works that well or steady. My relationship is now on yhe line as she wamts a partner that can haave sex more spontaneously. I do npt have a lot of time left to maake it work. No BS, does this stuff work? You are my last resort.

    • Dave September 15, 2016 / 10:41 am

      sorry for the slow response, Joe! I hope you still together with your partner. Yes, no BS – the research says it works and it has been working on me for 3 years. You have to combine it with a healthy lifestyle though. Avoid processed foods (esp meats), as little alcohol as possible, better not smoke! Lift weights, do pushup, pullups, squats etc – this will lift your testosterone level. Learn to sleep well, ideally meditate and personally I can also recommend dynamic Ashtanga yoga. I can see that you are based in the USA so you need to buy Arginine and pine bark extract separately – I would buy it on amazon, it tends to cheaper there, because there is more competition. Take 3g (3,000mg) of Arginine / day and 100mg of pine bark extract. Do this for at least 3 months, better aim for 6 so buy yourself 180 days supply (expect to spend about 200 or bucks). The supplements are natural and have no side effects, but they do take a good month to kick in. It will be a very gradual change, but trust me they work.

      Here are the studies: and

      In a nutshell, the arginine helps your body to regulate the rate of blood flow. Better circulation = better erection = better health! Pine bark extract is a super-antioxidant, which both increases the effect of Arginine and protects (“oils” your inner arterial walls. It also protects you from cardiovascular disease to an extent. You really dont have much to lose.

      Let me know if you need help with specific products, but I would rather you do your own research. Good luck Joe!

  13. Marvin and Judy Hartog June 21, 2017 / 6:43 am

    On antidepressant.will arginine and pine bark work and how much to take and do i need to take anything else.

  14. Marvin and Judy Hartog June 21, 2017 / 7:01 am

    Iam76 years old no other health isues. My doctor can’t believe my age no blood pressure problems just antidepressant problems but the prescription works good for can i continue to take that pill and stii maybe have a sucsesfull.erection.


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