After the age of 40, things stop working the way they once did. Good circulation affects all aspects of your personal fitness and health, even your sexual health.
Erectile dysfunction and other sexual dysfunctions are difficult for many men and women to talk about. But the bottom line is that for many struggling with these conditions, boosting your nitric oxide levels may help. In fact, the Department of Urology, at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Maryland has found that nitric oxide is the main chemical affecting the relaxing of the blood vessels and the mediating of penile erection. They also found that “Impaired NO bioactivity is a major pathogenic mechanism of erectile dysfunction“. So, nitric oxide supplements can help men have longer and harder erections.
The function of nitric oxide is very simple. The inner lining of the blood vessels, the endothelium, uses the molecule to signal the smooth muscle to relax, thus widening the blood vessel, which allows more blood to flow through. More and easier blood flow leads to stronger and longer lasting erections. Some popular erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs work by preventing the PDE5 enzyme from destroying nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide doesn’t only help men with some sexual dysfunctions, but it can also be effective for women. Better circulation and blood flow has been shown to have positive effects on women’s sexual health and even fertility.
So the main two ways of using nitric oxide to improve your sexual health are to inhibit its catabolism with the common ED drugs, or to increase the amount of nitric oxide in your body by supplementation and nutrition. Certain herbs like Ginseng, Horny Goat Weed and Hawthorne have been show to increase nitric oxide in your system as have the amino acids Arginine and Citrulline. Foods such as nuts, and dark leafy green vegetables like spinach and collard greens as well as beets and beet roots have also been shown to increase nitric oxide in your body. You can find these at your local green grocer. The nitric oxide supplements you can find at great online stores like Bodybuilding.com and Vitamin Shoppe.
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