Even though ED is a multi-faceted problem, according to actual evidence, there seems to be a strong connection between Nitric oxide (NO) and erectile dysfunction.
This article has only one goal: To explain you in layman’s terms how these two things are connected. Because the link is too evident to dismiss it.
Let’s start by exploring what NO is.
What Is Nitric Oxide?
It is a molecule produced by our body with the purpose of helping our 50 trillion cells communicate with each other by transmitting signals through the body.
There are many cellular activities where NO is of great help, but there is one that is immediately related to our main topic: It regulates blood pressure by dilating arteries.
Its signaling nature is of great importance of our bodies, and when we talk about heart disease and ED, it obtains even more importance.
Over one century ago nitroglycerin was used in persons with heart problems. What this compound does is to release NO, which relaxes blood vessels and promotes a better oxygenation, which as a result brings a better blood flow.
When the body doesn’t produce enough NO, then several problems start to show up, one of the most important being the hardening of arteries, which ends in a poor blood flow.
Due to this effect is that NO is strongly linked to ED.
Now that you have a good idea on what NO is and what it does in your body, it’s time to dig deeper in order to explain the connection in its fullest extent.
The Physiology Explained:
The evidence that links NO with the relaxation of the corpus cavernosum – an essential part for achieving an optimal erection – is very strong. Moreover, it appears to be the most important aspect.
According to evidence, the endothelium and innervation of the corpus caversnosum seem to be the principal emitters of NO. Therefore, we can say that this compound plays a vital role in penile erection.
The Risk Factors:
There are several risk factors which can affect the normal production of NO in the body. Among them we have the following:
Hypertension is a big problem for normal erections. And we can easily understand why when we check that a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society showed that 49% of men aged 40-79 with hypertension had ED.
Why does it happen? Because the hypertension makes it impossible for the arteries that carry blood in the penis to relax and dilate. And as we have already seen, this makes it impossible to achieve a normal erection.
Again, NO has been proven to help with hypertension, and hence, it can be a solution for persons who suffer of ED due to their high blood pressure.
Is It The Definitive Solution?
As we have said at the beginning of this publication, ED is a multi-faceted problem, which means there are multiple solutions to different aspects of the problems, because it can be caused by several and different things.
Supplementing with NO, or following a clinical treatment, would do almost nothing for someone whose ED has psychological roots. It’d have the same effectiveness of a sexual enhancer like Spanish fly, which works by the way, but is completely unrelated to the main source of the problem.
As we have seen nitric oxide is strongly linked to ED, because if the body doesn’t produce enough of it, then it makes it virtually impossible to achieve an erection, due to the poor regulation of blood pressure, which makes it hard to relax arteries.