At present, there is no known dietary agent that mimics the blue pill and directly boosts cGMP by blocking the same enzyme that Viagra® does. However, plant-powered eaters front load the beginning of this pathway by increasing the production of nitric oxide, the miracle gas.
Nitric oxide is generated in the blood vessels by the amino acids L-arginine and L-citrulline cycling back and forth. This system is particularly active when you are under 40 years of age.
If you want to boost your levels of nitric oxide for better overall artery health and superior sexual responsiveness, why not eat healthy foods high in these amino acids?
Foods that are particularly high in L-arginine include pine nuts, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and Brazil nuts. Grains, including oats and wheat germ, also have significant amounts of L-arginine.
And what about L-citrulline? Watermelon has the highest concentration in nature (particularly the white rind), followed by onions and garlic. Just one standard serving of yellow watermelon provides enough L-citrulline to boost sexual performance. My advice is that you might want to stick to watermelon and not onions and garlic to boost your nitric oxide production before going on a date!
Another Way to Supercharge Your Endothelium with Food
There is another way to generate nitric oxide and its blood-flow-enhancing effects. Chemicals called nitrates and nitrites, found in many foods and generated in our saliva, are directly converted to nitric oxide.
You may be thinking I thought nitrates and nitrites are bad for you. In fatty meats, this may be true, as they get converted to nitrosamines, but in the healthiest foods, particularly vegetables, they are a load of fun.
What foods are packed with nitrates, nitrates, and the antioxidants that make them rush to convert to nitric oxide? Which of these can make you master of your domain?
Arugula, rhubarb, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, bok choy, and beets are at the top of the list. Finish your diet off with grapes, pomegranates, apples, and green teas, and you have a dynamite erotic potion that will supercharge your endothelium both in your groin and your heart.
Simple Lifestyle Changes to Keep Your Heart and Your Sex Life Healthy
Nutrition is of course just one part — albeit the biggest part — of an overall heart-healthy lifestyle.
Not smoking, exercising regularly, avoiding diabetes and obesity, and achieving adequate sleep are proven ways to maintain endothelial health and sexual performance.
A low-fat, plant-powered diet along with exercise, stress reduction, no smoking, and social support led many participants on the Esselstyn diet with advanced heart disease to enjoy an improved sexual performance.
You’re Only As Old As Your Arteries
Over 400 years ago, Thomas Sydenham said, “A man is as old as his arteries.”
Four centuries later, we know just how right he was. Eat plants to protect your brain, eat plants to protect your heart, but also eat plants to power your sexual life even if it seems hard at times. What may seem hard will keep you hard.
Editor’s Note: Many factors contribute to a healthy sex life. Blood flow is, of course, only one of them. But it’s an important one, and hopefully, this article gives you some useful insights.