How To Increase Nitric Oxide
In this article, I will talk about the important issue of how to increase nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide is important for us and our general health and not just our erectile health. Raising nitric oxide levels can also help to raise “something” else!
For the ladies who may be reading this, nitric oxide is good for you too as it can also help you to enjoy lovemaking more.
What Is Nitric Oxide?
Let’s start with what nitric oxide is not! it is not laughing gas, nor is it the gas you get at the dentist’s, neither is it the stuff “petrol heads” inject into their cars as a fuel to make them go faster!
Nitric Oxide (NO for short) is a molecule, a gaseous substance given off and produced by the endothelium, which is the smooth lining of arteries, veins and some internal organs such as liver and kidneys.
It functions as a powerful vasodilator opening arteries and veins and enhancing blood flow and overall circulation meaning it plays a vital role in blood pressure and circulation.
No nitric oxide will equate to no erection!
This gaseous substance helps to:
- Improve memory and cerebral function and slow degeneration
- Improve your sleep quality.
- Increase sensory perception (e.g sense of smell)
- Regulate your blood pressure by the dilation of your arteries
- Lessen inflammation.
- Strengthen immune system
- Increase endurance and strength.
It will also help to “enhance the performance of your love tool” so to speak. Also worthy of note is that improving the quality of sleep, especially if you are an insomniac means that NO has the indirect effect of increasing testosterone levels as most of our testosterone is produced when we sleep.
There is also the lovely effect of more efficient delivery of nutrients throughout the body.
Stop Destroying Nitric Oxide!
When I receive emails and questions by readers who want to know how to increase nitric oxide levels I usually start by telling them a way in how to stop destroying nitric oxide! to stop destroying it!. And that way is rather surprising yet so obvious few would think of it.
I like to call that the elusive obvious.
The “elusive obvious” I am talking about is your oral hygiene routine. Ditch the mouth wash! Seriously! Antibacterial mouth wash, which is unneeded necessity created by advertising and marketing executives in the 1960’s to sell a product that previously did not exist!
Mouth wash is antibacterial and kills all the good and the bad bacteria in our mouth, including the bacteria needed to convert the nitrates in our food into nitritines which get turned into nitric oxide in the gut.
Regular brushing and flossing keeps your teeth clean and your breath fresh. If you have or worry about bad breath consider using an oral spray. Here’s a tip! chew on Parsley, it’s a natural breath freshener and is high in nitrates and many of the nutrients for raising testosterone levels!
Another good tip to stop destroying nitric oxide levels is to stop the fast food!.
Fast food is high and rather excessive in cholesterol which, in turn, lines covers and eventually builds up over the endothelium retarding and preventing the release of the endothelium nitric oxide synthase enzyme (eNOS for short) that helps to convert a naturally occurring amino acid L Arginine into nitric oxide.
Stubbing out the fags will also help you to increase nitric oxide levels as tobacco damages the endothelium and thus having a negative effect upon its’ ability to produce the eNOS enzyme which converts L Arginine into nitric oxide. Furthermore, smoking reduces the effectiveness of L Arginine making negative effects of smoking two-fold as it impairs eNOS enzyme and the amino acid L Arginine!
Excessive alcohol consumption is also known to reduce the bioavailability of nitric oxide and impair the endothelium. I pretty sure that goes a long way to explaining “brewers droop!”.
There is a third reason besides endothelium damage and reduced NO levels as why alcohol is not good for your erectile function and that is excess alcohol reduces testosterone levels, not only that it elevates levels of the girlie hormone estrogen due to the xenoestrogens in alcohol.
Easy on the salt! Excessive salt has been proven by researchers to reduce the ability of the endothelium to relax, and impair its’ responsiveness to nitric oxide meaning a reduced effectivity and efficiency of nitric oxide in our body. Salt also has the detrimental effect of elevating blood pressure, which is a cause of erectile dysfunction.
How To Increase Nitric Oxide
Now that we are finished with the business of stopping our auto-destruction of nitric oxide let’s talk about how to increase nitric oxide. Lets’ try do this in as natural a way as possible.
Time to get off that couch, bro! Exercise on a regular basis raises NO levels and improves endothelium health. High-intensity interval training is best with daily workout lasting no longer than 45mins, in fact just a quarter of an hour daily may be enough for you.
Perhaps this is why exercise has been proven to help with erectile dysfunction and high-intensity interval training increases testosterone levels!
Chillax to the max! Stress has a negative effect on NO levels due to raised blood pressure, listening to relaxing soothing music, meditating and practising qi gong can help to chill you out, help you relax and destress bringing down your blood pressure and help to raise NO levels.
Having a laugh! As odd as it may sound a good giggle can not only augment your NO levels but your dopamine levels also! well, they do say laughter is the best medicine. So go rent a comedy movie, listen to Chris Rock or head to your local comedy club!
Interestingly, He shou wu, a herb from Chinese herbal medicine helps you to chillax, raises dopamine levels and help with raising nitric oxide levels making it a very good treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Good nutrition and diet can also help to raise your Nitric Oxide levels get plenty Vitamin C Vitamin B3 (AKA Niacin) and vitamin D. Eat food high in nitrates, particularly beetroot, and dark leafy greens. Strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, and watermelon are examples of fruits you would want to consume more of.
It is always a great idea to eat sensibly and have a good healthy diet.
Supplements, and in particular amino acids L Citrulline and L Arginine are extremely good for giving your levels of NO a good raise. Both can be found in food sources but you won’t be able to get nearly enough of what you need from food alone.
Both are extremely effective for erectile dysfunction and your cardio health.
Pycnogenol is another interesting supplement that is known to help raise NO levels and improve blood flow by relaxing the smooth lining of arteries called the endothelium. 150-250mg is said to an effective dosage for obtaining strong erections.
Coenzyme Q 10, is not just for anti-ageing and youthful looks but increases and protects nitric oxide also! making it a supplement definitely worth trying out, what’s more, is that it actually a testosterone booster also.
Panax, Korean Ginseng, an adaptogenic herb from….(drum roll…) Korea! The active compound, ginsenosides help to relax the endothelium and raise levels of NO.
Ditch the bad habits and the Listerine and take up regular exercise get a good diet plan and supplementation, chillax and have a whole bunch of fun and you will see your nitric oxide levels rising.
Supplementation of L Citrulline or L Arginine is highly recommended especially if you are over 35 years old. Which one is best for you check out this article L Citrulline Vs L Arginine.
If you have any question regarding how to increase nitric oxide levels, leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Ciao for now,