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Improve Nitric Oxide Concentrations with Maca
About 15 to 30 million American men have erectile dysfunction (ED). Usually the result of nerve, artery or other tissue damage, ED can create strife and strain in a relationship. There are many prescription treatments available which have side effects like headache and dizziness caused by dangerous drops in blood pressure. If you suffer from ED and are looking for a natural treatment, you might want to look into using maca root.
Maca is a vegetable traditionally grown in several South American countries including Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay. This vegetable is a tuber, much like a radish, and has been a major part of the Peruvian highlander diet for the past 2000 years due to its ability to grow in harsh conditions at high altitudes and its rich nutrient content.
History of Maca
Scientists first began looking at using maca in the treatment of ED when word of its traditional uses traveled. The Incas ate maca on a regular basis not only for its nutrition, but also for its fertility-enhancing and aphrodisiac properties. In fact, Incan soldiers were prohibited from eating maca root to prevent the natural enhancement of their sex drives.
The Physiology of an Erection
The penis contains two cylindrical, spongy structures called the corpus cavernosum. Upon arousal, neural stimulation starts a cascade of events that cause the smooth muscles of the corpus cavernosum to relax. As these muscles relax, blood is allowed to flow into the open spaces of the corpus cavernosum, causing them to become engorged with blood. This engorgement then causes the veins which would normally drain the penis to close off, at which point the penis becomes erect.
ED and Nitric Oxide
The process of erection has a lot of variables that can go wrong, which is why ED is so common. One way an erection can be prevented is by the presence of too little nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to dilate. If the vessels of the penis don't dilate enough, an erection can't be attained (or in some cases, maintained). One way the body makes nitric oxide is by breaking down an amino acid called L-arginine.
Maca and L-Arginine
Remember how I mentioned that maca is rich in nutrients? Well, one of those nutrients is L-arginine. Studies have even shown the ability of maca to stimulate nitric oxide production in human tissue. Another perk about maca is that it is very safe: South Americans have been using it as a dietary staple for centuries. It even appears to have a mildly protective effect on the liver. If you suffer from ED, try a supplement with maca. It's one of the safest and most natural ways to treat ED, in addition to providing countless other nutritional benefits.
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