Erections are based on your plumbing and your hydraulics. And like plumbing, your penile arteries have to stay unclogged and maximally open to work properly.
But your vessels have muscular linings that both relax and squeeze to facilitate the blood flow into your penis. Nerves travel along with these blood vessels and when these nerves get triggered by erotic thoughts, they produce nitric oxide.
NO in turn relaxes the muscle fibers in your penile arteries and allows greater blood to flow into your penis; usually 8 to 10 times what it would usually hold. It’s exactly this idea that cause erectile dysfunction drugs to work.
But the great news is, you can increase your NO using some special foods instead of drugs.
5 Powerful NO producing Foods
Eating foods that have dietary nitrate – which gets changed by your body into nitric oxide – is a very effective way to increase the hardness of your erections.
The issue is, it is hard to “prescribe” the right doses of these natural foods. Mother Nature has terrible quality control after all. Each plant can vary greatly in the amount of dietary nitrate it has due to disparities in sunlight, soil quality, and water.
It is best to simply know which foods increase your NO, and use them in your diet as much as you can.
With this in mind, here are some very potent nitric oxide foods you could start eating one hour or two before heading to the bedroom:
Chocolate: The foundation of chocolate is cocoa, which is made from cacao, a potent nitric oxide booster. Go for the high-cacao, dark stuff. Look for around 70-80% cacao. Eating thirty grams, or about 1-2 ounces, should do the job.
Leafy Vegetables: Arugula is a huge nitrate powerhouse. Some less powerful but more tasty alternatives are kale, cabbage, spinach, and Swiss chard.
Beets: Beets are a great food that ranks almost as high as leafy greens when it comes to their nitrate content.
Citrus Fruits: While they do not have a lot of nitrites, citrus fruits help boost the bioavailability of nitrites, while also increasing the enzymes needed for the production of NO.
Walnuts: While walnuts, along with other nuts don’t have much nitrates, they do have a lot of L-arginine, which is a potent NO precursor.
Author: Blake Ambrose