By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
May 27, 2013
- The #1 indicator of cardiovascular disease in men
- Sometimes testosterone isn’t your biggest challenge
- The REAL secret to reviving your manhood – and your heart!
Everybody knows that chest pain and shortness of breath are symptoms of heart disease – or worse, a heart attack. But there’s another indicator that you might not be aware of. And if you’re a man, it can predict your risk of a cardiovascular disease, stroke or heart attack 2 to 3 years in advance.
Now you’re probably wondering what this early predictor is, so I’m going to give it to you straight: Erectile dysfunction.
That’s right, guys.
If you have problems getting the lead in your pencil, it could be a red flag that you have much larger cardiovascular concerns. In fact, men who have erectile dysfunction have an 80% higher risk of heart disease.
This is a hard truth for those of you who think ED is “all in your head.” But I completely understand how easy it is to shrug your concerns off to stress, aging or just a lack of energy.
And I have to admit. Not long ago about 90% of ED cases were thought to be psychological. But today we know that just the opposite is true.
Erectile dysfunction is a very real and disturbing health problem. And it’s not being addressed with the attention and gravity it deserves.
If you’ve ever been to your urologist or family doctor complaining about ED symptoms, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I’ll bet your doctor did a few tests. Then he probably handed you a prescription for little blue pills and sent you on your way.
Sure, these pills help temporarily improve blood flow to erectile tissue. (The key word here is temporarily.)
But they also come with some pretty serious side effects. Heart attack, damaged vision and painful, long-lasting erections aren’t unusual. Worst of all, they mask symptoms of your underlying problem.
What these doctors should actually be doing is sending you to a cardiologist!
If you don’t believe me, just wait until you see what’s really causing your ED.
Nobody likes going to the doctor. And men with problems in the bedroom always complain when I send them to a cardiologist instead of writing out a prescription for Viagra or Cialis. Some of them even ask for a testosterone patch, gel, cream, or injection.
But when it comes to ED, testosterone isn’t your biggest challenge.
I hate to be the one to break the news, but almost all cases of erectile dysfunction are directly related to circulatory problems. And this means cardiovascular issues.
You see, an erection starts with increased blood flow to your penis. When the vessels that carry blood flow are occluded or constricted, there’s no way it will stand firm and hard.
And that’s where the real problem lies. If your blood can’t get to your groin, then chances are good it can’t get to other places in your body where it’s needed. Like your heart and brain.
Let me explain what happens…
The most important substance involved in relaxing and expanding your blood vessels is nitric oxide, or NO. When nitric oxide is plentiful, your arteries, blood vessels and veins are wide open. Blood surges through them exactly the way it should.
In other words, if you want adequate blood flow to your heart, nether-parts, or anywhere else in your body, you need plenty of NO.
However, research shows the levels of nitric oxide your body produces decrease with age. When your NO levels drop it causes your blood vessels to constrict. It reduces blood flow. And it also damages the delicate wall of your arteries, called the “endothelium.”
When those walls are damaged, plaque begins to build. And do you know what happens then? Your arteries become even narrower.
This means three things are happening here.
- First, when your NO levels are flagging, your arteries can’t relax and expand the way they should.
- Second, decreased nitric oxide damages the walls of your arteries. This causes them to become even more constricted by atherosclerotic plaque.
- Third, your blood flow becomes sluggish and can’t get to where it needs to go. This makes it hard for blood to rush to the flaccid penis and help it achieve and maintain an erection. It also keeps blood from flowing to other – even more important organs in your body.
If you were looking at this as a “plumbing” problem the answer would be obvious. You would immediately realize that only so much liquid can pass through a tight channel. So chances are good you’d toss some Drano down the pipe to widen the passage.
Now I would never advise anyone to drink Drano. It would probably kill you before heart disease had a chance to set in. I’m just using it as an example.
But what you DO need is a natural, humanly-safe equivalent. Something that will help expand and repair the lining of your blood vessels.
And I have just the answer…
In the past, supplementing with L-arginine has been the gold standard for increasing nitric oxide production. This amino acid is absolutely necessary to get (and keep!) your blood vessels and arteries wide open and functioning properly.
I’ve frequently advocated using L-arginine as the number one way to get your blood flowing for rock-solid fun while protecting your heart health at the same time.
So you can imagine how excited I am to discover another amino acid that boosts your NO levels even better than arginine.
It’s called L-citrulline. And when researchers put it to the test, the results were phenomenal.
A whopping 50% of men with erectile dysfunction who took L-citrulline every day for a month were able to regain normal hardness!
If you’re looking for foods high in citrulline, watermelon is the best source. You can also get it from cucumbers and other melons. However, supplementing with about 1.5 grams daily is probably your best bet.
To keep the nitric oxide action going, try adding 500 mg. of forskolin a day. Historically, forskolin was used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain.
And today we are learning more about this ancient plant. In a study published last year, forskolin was found to relax muscles and widen heart vessels.
That’s a big plus for your cardiovascular health. But that’s only part of the good news…
It also ramped up nitric oxide and helped men achieve – and maintain their erections!
And that’s good news indeed.
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