The Connection Between Nitric Oxide, Sex, Health and Happiness
Nitric Oxide (not to be confused with nitrous oxide) is a very simple but important molecule that can actually determine how long you live and the quality of your life. Nitric Oxide is made by the blood vessels’ lining, or endothelium. The endothelium is extremely sensitive to the physical and chemical conditions inside our blood vessels. When the endothelium senses heart-healthy conditions, such as physical activity and low cholesterol, it releases more Nitric Oxide. And that’s very good for your health and vitality. Nitric Oxide expands the blood vessels, increasing blood flow and decreasing blood clotting. Conversely, when the endothelium senses unhealthy activities and conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, or emotional distress, it releases less Nitric Oxide; and chances of atherosclerosis (heart disease) accelerates.
How does nitric oxide work to our advantage in the body?
Nitric Oxide is a gas that’s produced in the endothelial lining of every blood vessel in our bodies, including all the capillaries. Every cell of our body is only about one micron away from the lining of a blood vessel. And when you are doing anything that feels good, like healthy exercise or having an orgasm, your Nitric Oxide levels rise and your blood circulation is increased. More than that, Nitric Oxide is the main neurotransmitter – the one that regulates all the other neurotransmitters. And because it’s a gas, it goes through the body instantly. So high Nitric Oxide levels, let’s say from clitoral stimulation, will instantly change the neurotransmitter levels of the brain and balance them out. As your biochemistry changes, inflammation decreases, and chances of heart disease lessens, and the adrenals improve — it’s all connected. We aren’t kidding when we say sex is good for your health!
This is why, after a pleasurable session — whether a physical workout, therapeutic massage, yoga, or sex — your face is flushed and you look a certain way, because you’ve got this huge rush of Nitric Oxide throughout your body that has begun to balance everything out. Ferid Murad, MD, PhD, who has done Nobel Prize-winning research on Nitric Oxide, agrees that this is most likely the way in which life energy is made into a physical substrate. When an egg and sperm come together during fertilization, there’s a huge burst of nitric oxide.
Nitric Oxide and Sex
For men and women, the sexual process begins with sensory and mental stimulation. Impulses from the brain and nerves cause the release of Nitric Oxide. For men; the muscles of the penis then relax, allowing blood to flow into the spongy tissue of the penis and create an erection. It’s the same for women, as the genital muscles also swell with blood, as the vulva, clitoris and entire pelvic region becomes more sensitive.
Nitric Oxide production declines with age, however there are many things you can do to increase your production of Nitric Oxide and get the blood flowing sufficiently for maximum sexual stimulation. Staying physically active is the most important thing you can do to naturally produce Nitric Oxide. Eating more raw foods such as organic fruits and vegetables, nuts with plenty of fresh lemon water will not only improve your health dramatically, but also cleanse the body’s blood system. Arteriosclerosis (build up of plaque in the arteries) hinders the production of Nitric Oxide and also contributes to blocking the flow of blood particularly to the sexual organs.
There are herbal supplements that are proven to help with the production of Nitric Oxide such as Ginseng. It is most effective when it is combined with other herbs such as Fenugreek Seed Extract which promotes healthy libido, as well as Cordyceps, a mushroom extract that is a well-known vitality booster and provides sustained energy and stamina. All of these herbs and many more including Damiana, Maitake, Maca, Wulinshen and Passionflower extracts are available in Add Lib – an all-natural daily supplement that is a marvelous combination of life-enhancing qualities.