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Nitric Oxide Erection
Nitric oxide is needed for any man to get an erection and low levels can result in a weak erection or in many cases erectile dysfunction. As a man grows older, nitric oxide levels in the body decline and this means that it’s a common cause of erection problems in older men. Let's look at what nitric oxide does, how it’s produced and the best ways to increase production of it.
The Key Role of Nitric Oxide
During sexual arousal nitric oxide is produced in the blood vessels which lead into the penis. When nitric oxide is produced it relaxes these blood vessels so they open wider and can carry a greater volume of blood into the penis and make it hard.
How Nitric Oxide is Produced
A nitrogen atom (N) is taken from a molecule of the amino acid l-arginine which is then combined with an atom of oxygen (O) to form nitric oxide. Once it’s produced nitric oxide, moves from the endothelial cell membrane into the muscle tissue of the blood vessels and a process called vasodilation takes place. This sees the blood vessels of the penis relax and expand in size, allowing more blood into the penis to make it hard.
Why Nitric Oxide Levels Decline
Nitric oxide levels will fall with age, but they will also fall when plaque accumulates in the arteries. This is called atherosclerosis and when it occurs nitric oxide production falls. In many cases low levels of nitric oxide can warn of serious health issues which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Boosting Nitric Oxide Levels
Viagra (sildenafil citrate) is the drug that helps increase levels of nitric oxide in the body and works by blocking an enzyme called PDE5 which destroys nitric oxide. The important point to keep in mind with any man-made drug is that their effect is only temporary and they don't actually raise overall nitric oxide production. This means that if you want to use synthetic drugs to get an erection, you have to take them before sex takes place. In addition, drugs can have dangerous side effects; they don't increase levels of sexual desire and, of course, you need to remember to take them. The good news is that there are many natural ways to increase nitric oxide production.
If you are physically active, nitric oxide levels are naturally increased. As the heart beats faster in response to physical exertion, there is an increased pressure to supply the muscles with blood and the arteries respond by producing nitric oxide which allows more blood to pass though them.
The natural ageing process sees our bodily functions start to become less efficient and nitric oxide levels fall. The rate at which nitric oxide levels decline though depends on the lifestyle you lead.
Physical inactivity, smoking, high cholesterol levels, diets high in saturated fats and a generally poor diet which allows free radical damage to occur, will all speed up the decline of nitric oxide production. You should make a commitment to lead a healthier lifestyle and if you do your libido will increase and you will get harder erections, and your overall level of wellness will improve.
L-Arginine – Best Natural Nitric Oxide Booster
L-arginine is used to make nitric oxide, as it supplies the nitrogen atom which combines with the oxygen atom to produce nitric oxide. Unlike Viagra, l-arginine doesn't work to block PDE5, instead it works to boost the production of nitric oxide. Because it works to increase nitric oxide naturally, it means that a man can get an erection at any time, and being a natural amino acid it has no dangerous side effects.
L-arginine works to increase overall health and wellness gives these benefits:
You will find l-arginine in all the best herbal sex pills for men to help you boost nitric oxide, as well as the herbs Ginseng, Cnidium and Horny Goat Weed which also work as nitric oxide boosters. If you then start to eat a healthy diet and take moderate exercise, you will boost your levels of nitric oxide and this will lead to better erections and improved levels of wellness.