Erection quality, as I’m sure you’re aware is entirely dependent on good penile blood flow – physiologically speaking at least. If for some reason that blood flow becomes impaired then at best you’re likely to suffer from weak erections and at worst, complete erectile dysfunction. But what regulates penile blood flow and how can you increase it naturally to maintain harder erections? Well…these are the questions you’ll find answered below.
Clearly, maintaining the health of the arteries which supply the penis with blood is fundamentally important. Several studies have shown that atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries caused by the build up of fatty plaque on the artery walls) can first manifest itself if the penile arteries. The penile arteries are of course, more susceptible to the effects of atherosclerosis simply because they’re comparatively small – in other words, it’s easier for them to get blocked. The resulting effect of any arterial build up of plaque in these arteries will naturally lead to a reduction in erection quality.
So the first, pretty obvious piece of advice is to watch your diet. Most importantly, limit the levels of saturated fat entering your body by reducing your consumption of dairy products, red meats and fried foods. Saturated fats play a key role in clogging the arteries because they raise levels of LDL – the ‘bad’ type of cholesterol. LDL is basically public enemy number one when it comes to arterial health. So to start with, if you want harder erections, cut the fat.
To actively improve penile arterial health, you should also check out ellagic acid – a polyphenol antioxidant derived from pomegranate. A number of studies have reported that ellagic acid improves circulatory health, and therefore increases blood flow to the penis, by actively helping to slow or reverse arterial plaque build up.
In fact, a recent pilot study published in the International Journal of Impotence research gives an insight into the potential of ellagic acid for the treatment of poor erectile function. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Los Angeles involved 53 men suffering from mild to moderate erectile dysfunction. The participants drank a daily dose of 8 fl oz of pomegranate juice and after four weeks, 47 percent of the men reported harder erections. The researchers stated that these ‘statistically significant’ results suggested that ellagic acid had potential as a natural alternative to drugs such as Viagra in the treatment of ED.
It’s also been suggested that ellagic acid helps to maintain harder erections through another physiological mechanism – by increasing blood levels of nitric oxide (NO). NO is a chemical messenger essential for a multitude of physiological processes, including the maintenance of normal erectile function. The penile arteries secrete nitric oxide during sexual arousal, which instructs the surrounding tissues to relax, thereby allowing the arteries to expand. By doing so, NO plays a key role in increasing blood flow to the penis. Like many things, NO levels decline with age and can therefore be a contributory factor in the development of weaker erections.
Another compound that may help to increase nitric oxide levels is the amino acid L-arginine. The body uses L-arginine and oxygen to produce NO; and supplementation with this amino acid has again been shown to help improve blood flow to the penis and thus promote harder erections. In a double blind, placebo controlled trial published in the British Journal of Urology, sufferers of erectile dysfunction with abnormally low levels of nitric oxide showed significant improvement in the quality of their erections after six weeks of supplementation with L-arginine.
So if you want to improve blood flow to your penis look after your arteries and help your body to maintain healthy nitric oxide levels.
There are many other natural pro-sexual ingredients that can also improve blood flow to the penis. Just a few include ginkgo biloba, ginseng and Horny goat weed. What’s more, when combined in the right quantities, these ingredients are known to interact with one another to produce very powerful effects.