What is Impotence?
Impotence or “Erectile Dysfunction” (ED) is a sexual dysfunction characterised by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis sufficient for sexual intercourse over a sustained period of time.”
In other words, the main symptom of impotence is that the penis is soft, when it needs to be hard.
According to the International Index of Erectile Dysfunction Framework (IIEF-51) a man is thought to be suffering from severe impotence if the following conditions were true over a period of six months:
What Causes Impotence?
There are five different types of cause in three categories:
1. Hormonal Imbalances
Caused by excess oestrogen and too little male sex hormones (T) in the male body.
Male sex hormones (T) are most commonly reduced by an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle characterised by fast food diets, alcohol, excessive weight, smoking and too little exercise. This tendency gets aggravated as men age and sex hormone levels naturally drop off.
2. Psychological Problems
There are three sub-types of psychological cause for impotence:
- Anxiety (stress) caused by over-expectation
- Boredom caused by the Coolidge Effect (natural lack of libido – explained in the video below), and
- Addiction to internet pornography, also caused by the Coolidge Effect.
The following highly interesting video explains the last two points in detail.
3. Cardiovascular Complications
Circulatory problems are the single most common cause of impotence. Amongst a host of problems, poor circulation results in the inability of the body to flood the penis with flood via a process called “vasodilation“.
Their work led directly to the development of the famous blue pills for male impotence.
Take note: Impotence may be an early warning sign of potentially dangerous cardiovascular disease and should therefore be professionally diagnosed and treated.
- Physical / Neurological: Leakages in the cavernous (spongy) body of the penis can be a result of damage to the smooth muscles and its nerves.
- Side-Effects: Some anti-depressants, beta-blockers and anticonvulsants (anti-epileptic drugs) are known to adversely affect erectile function.
How is Impotence Treated?
The first and most effective impotence treatment is self-help (internal): to raise his own natural male sex hormones levels a man should eat clean, unprocessed foods and exercise and sleep as much as he can. Quality sleep is important, because most of the sex hormones get released during sleep hours. A reduction of stress and alcohol consumption will improve sleep, because the body does not need to break down alcohol and can rest deeply.
Hypnosis techniques, including EFT (Emotional-Freedom Technique) NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) are a common treatment approach for psychological impotence. These techniques aim to “delete” subconscious causes by “overwriting” them (much like a computer hard disk) with positive thoughts in the brain.
Abstinence from internet pornography is important in any impotence treatment. Recent research studies (explained in the above video) have shown that young men, who have used internet pornography for several years will also need several years to recover from the addiction and its subsequent negative effects on the erectile system.
There are two main types of external impotence cures, which can help men overcome potency problems.
The Famous Blue Pill
The famous blue pill and its cousins treat the impotence symptom (soft penis), but they do not treat the cause. They temporarily enable men to have an erection for a few hours. Biomechanically this is achieved by helping the body trap blood in the penis.
However, this type of treatment does not represent a sustainable solution, because it does not treat the underlying cause of what caused the impotence in the first place (see “Causes” above).
Natural Nitric Oxide (NO) Boosters
NO Boosters are a more sustainable impotence cure, because they treat the most common underlying cause of impotence, poor circulation, naturally and without side effects.
A scientifically proven mix of impotence vitamins combined with the amino acid Arginine and pine bark extract has been shown to relieve 92% of erection problems in a clinical, peer-reviewed study after three months of treatment2.
There are several natural Arginine-based NO-Boosters on the market. However, they differ substantially in quality and price. The best ones also include various additional “male health” vitamins, amino acids and minerals such as vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin C and zinc, amongst others.
How Nitric-Oxide (NO) affects potency?
Arginine is used in the body to produce the neutransmitter Nitric Oxide (NO). NO signals the body, when and where it needs to increase blood flow – including in the penis, when it needs to become erect3.
The research team documenting this mechanism received the Nobel Prize in 1998, after Nitric Oxide was already named the Molecule of the Year in 1992.
Pine bark extract has been shown to increase NO level even further. In a study at the Hiroshima University in Japan, researchers found that 180 milligrams of pine bark extract together with L-arginine increased vasodilation by 42 percent4.
Combining arginine and pine bark extract to the male diet therefore will boost NO levels and enable a man to have a naturally stronger erection, without side effects.
What is the best impotence product to boost Nitric Oxide?
Several studies have pinpointed the positive effects that Arginine can have in treating this condition, specifically because it raises the production of nitric oxide, which increases blood flow to the penis and relaxes the muscles allowing for a problem free erection. This effect is natural, sustainable, without side-effects and can be increased with pine bark extract.
There are several natural Arginine-based impotence supplements on the market. However, they differ substantially in quality and price.
The best ones also include various additional “male health” vitamins, amino acids and minerals such as vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin C and zinc, amongst others.
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12152112″ ↩
- “Stanislavov, R., et al, ” Treatment of erectile dysfunction with pycnogenol and L -arginine “, J Sex Marital Ther 2003 May-Jun, 29 (3 ), pp. 207-213” ↩
- “Nishioka, Kenji , et . al, “Pycnogenol French Maritime Pine Bark Extract, Augments Endothelium-Dependent Vasodilation in Humans,” Hypertension Research (2007 ) 30, pp. 775-780.” ↩
- “Nishioka, Kenji , et . al, “Pycnogenol French Maritime Pine Bark Extract, Augments Endothelium-Dependent Vasodilation in Humans,” Hypertension Research (2007 ) 30, pp. 775-780” ↩