Today we want to talk about erectile dysfunction and ways to stop it.
There are a number of causes of ED, but a major cause is “does not have a good blood supply to the penis.” Because that’s how an erection works. Blood flows into the penis, it gets hard; when you’re done blood flows out. So anything that you can do to increase blood supply helps with erections. And there are foods that you can use to help with this, that help the cardiovascular system. There are also some male enhancement supplements that are guaranteed to work, and I’ll mention one at the end of this article.
Nitrates in leafy greens and beets
So the first is nitrates, nitrates from green vegetable, celery, spinach can increase circulation because nitrates change into nitric oxide, which helps dilate your blood vessels, which contribute to improving blood flow.
Flavonoids in dark chocolate
Another is flavonoids. Flavonoids can be found in dark chocolate among other places. And a recent study found that flavonoids in dark chocolate improve circulation, again improving circulation not only helps cardiovascular health but blood flow for an erection.
L-Arginine in pistachios
L-Arginine is an incredibly important amino acid as it is a precursor to nitric oxide. It is found in a number of places; pistachios are an excellent source. They did a study that shows that the pistachio nuts that eaten every day help with ED. I have to see that to really feel comfortable with that approach, but if you’re going to have a snack, pistachios are great as opposed to cookies.
Zinc in oysters and other shellfish
Zinc in oysters is very good because high levels of Zinc help produce testosterone, which though it’s not directly related to blood flow for erections, it’s really good to help with libido and desire.
Antioxidants in watermelon
Watermelon has an amino acid called L-citrulline in it. And L-citrulline works with an L-Arginine to produce nitric oxide in your body. There are some studies to show that watermelon has a Viagra-like effect, which would help to produce an erection.
Lycopene in tomatoes and pink grapefruit
It is another excellent nutrient for circulation and therefore good for blood flow and cardiovascular health.
Food is great, though the concentrations of the nutrients you need is not high, so it’s ideal for prevention and it’s perfect for maintenance. I question how great it is for reversal of issues? So, nitric oxide is what we want to have produced in the body to be able to facilitate erections, to facilitate lowering your blood pressure.
Now let’s talk about causes of erectile dysfunction and what you can do about reversing it now, today, not sometime in the future.
There are three main areas that cause ED.
- One is some type of physical problems such as surgery for prostate cancer, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, any kind of nerve-damaging diseases, autoimmune diseases also can cause ED.
- There are also non-physical causes such as really high levels of stress, performance anxiety, not getting enough sleep.
- But by far the largest percentage of ED causes fall into the category of diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. And if you have those, you have ED problems because they affect the lining of your arteries, of your blood vessels, which stops the production of nitric oxide, which is an integral part of having an erection.
Now estimate say that ED impacts 30 million men in the US and 100 million men worldwide. The US has a 8% of the world’s population and 30% of ED sufferers. Why is that? In part, it’s reporting men have greater access to doctors here than in undeveloped areas of the world. Men here are more interested in fixing the problem; it’s not quite as stigmatized here as it is other places. So there’s a reporting problem or reporting issue that over report in the US.
But the other thing is that lifestyle issues are a major factor for ED and lifestyle issues are a major factor for men suffering from the three diseases we were talking about: diabetes, high blood pressure, general cardiovascular issues. So those go hand in hand.
Now if there’s any good news in this is that type II diabetes, heart disease, hypertension are all lifestyle-related and therefore correctable through proper nutrition, exercise, cutting down or eliminating smoking, getting adequate sleep. It’s all lifestyle, and you can make a significant change in that.
But the lifestyle is one part of it, the other part of it is repairing the damage to the lining of your blood vessels, and that’s going to take a little bit of intervention as aside from lifestyle changes. And one of the best interventions that I’m familiar with is something called nitric oxide therapy. As I said before, the lining of your blood vessels has been damaged, so they cannot produce nitric oxide for proper blood flow. Nitric oxide therapy does two things: one – it gets nitric oxide into the system, and two – nitric oxide in your system helps repair the lining of your blood vessels.