When using foods to fight ED your primary goal should be to add items into your diet that increase Nitric Oxide (NO).
Because NO relaxes the blood vessels leading into your penis, and it’s this relaxation that allows your vessels to vasodialate, open up and expand.
When everything is working right the vessels relax as they should, blood to flows freely and erections come on automatically, whenever you become aroused.
But when you’re deficient in Nitric Oxide (most older men are) you don’t produce enough of this gas, so your blood vessels only partially dilate…and partial dilation always leads to partial erections.
So to fight ED using food, you need to increase production of this gas – and you can do this quite effectively by eating specific foods at specific times.
Your body uses two primary pathways to produce Nitric Oxide…
The first is the classical eNOS pathway where oxide is produced from the amino acid, L-arginine, via an enzyme called endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase (eNOS).
Production of Nitric Oxide via the eNOS pathway declines rapidly as you age or when the endothelial lining in your arteries becomes damaged.
This explains why most older men are deficient in NO.
But your body can produce Nitric Oxide another way that operates independently of eNOS and L-arginine…
And this pathway uses the bacteria in your mouth to convert the nitrates found in certain foods into Nitric Oxide..
And it can do this quite effectively.
So the key is to consume these NO boosting foods regularly, in order to increase production of nitric oxide in your body, naturally.
Here’s how I’ve accomplished this myself…
Beets rank on top as one of the most nitrate rich foods in nature, as it contains up to twenty times more nitrate than most other nitrate containing foods.
Scientists have caught on to this and are using beets in clinical trails to treat high blood pressure and other conditions caused low nitric oxide levels.
Beet root spikes NO levels rapidly and efficiently, and I’ve found no other food source that even comes close.
You can either eat the beets sliced, juice them or buy a concentrated powder made from extracted beet juice.
I use the powder myself because beets are messy and I don’t really like the taste, but either way will work.
My suggestion would be use this vegetable as your primary source of dietary nitrates since it contains so many.
My strategy is to consume one serving of beet juice made from the powder 30-60 minutes before sexual activity to increase nitric oxide and strengthen erections.
I also drink a serving every morning at breakfast, and once again in the early evening.
(Update: I’ve changed my opinion on raw beets, which you can read about Here)
In addition to the beets, I consume plenty of the following foods, which are all rich sources of naturally occurring nitrates.
If you decide to juice the fresh fruits or vegetables, it’s important that you drink the juice quickly as nitrate levels will decline rapidly if you let it sit too long.
It’s also very important that you hold the juice in your mouth for 10 seconds before swallowing because the bacteria in your mouth must act on the nitrates before they can be converted into nitric oxide.
When you eat whole foods high in nitrates, chew them thoroughly to ensure that the bacteria have plenty of time to do their job, so that the nitric oxide conversion can take place.
If you have poor bacterial makeup in your mouth, your ability to convert nitrates into nitric oxide will be severely limited.
So if you have gum disease, or poor dental health, these problem needs to be addressed, otherwise you’ll convert very little of your dietary nitrate into nitric oxide.
If you use Listerine or any other antiseptic mouthwash that destroys oral bacteria, I’d suggest you drop the habit.
A study recently published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, found that using antiseptic mouthwash twice daily increases blood pressure and raises heart attack risk.
I believe this is due to the destruction of beneficial oral bacteria that convert nitrates into Nitric Oxide since NO regulates blood pressure and cardiovascular health in humans.
Nitric Oxide is an extremely powerful vasodilator, but it has a very short half-life, so it’s important that you consume nitrate rich foods several times a day to keep your levels up.
If you eat nitrate containing foods frequently, you’re already covered. But if you don’t you should up your intake to take advantage of this simple, side effect free method to enhance your erections.
The easiest way to achieve this is to consume beet juice powder or whole beet root several times throughout the day.
You should also consume beets 30-60 minutes prior to sexual activity to ensure that you have plenty of Nitric Oxide when its time to pull out that erection.