This natural vasodilators article was written by site contributor, David Janes.
As you’ll see when you read it, he recommends citrulline supplements over watermelon because supps are a more concentrated source of citrulline.
I believe both can be effective, but I’ve actually had better luck with juiced watermelon than I have with citrulline supplements.
But only if I juice the white part of the melon right next to the rind, because this is where most of the citrulline can be found.
Take a look at the pic below and you’ll clearly see the white part I’m talking about…
I’d suggest you test watermelon (including the white) before you try supplements because the melon has several other nutrients not found in citrulline supplements.
One of these is lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient that does very good things for cardiovascular health.
Watermelon also contains highly absorbable vitamin C that strengthens arteries and phenolic compounds including flavonoids and triterpenoids with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits.
And if you blend your watermelon with beet or celery juice, or a combination both, you’ll blow any citrulline supplement right out of the water.
You can read more about these natural vasodilators in my erectile dysfunction cure ebook, which you can download at no charge Here.
Now here’s David…
Natural Vasodilators For Harder Erections
Did you know that some foods are natural vasodilators that have been proven to improve erectile function? You can get harder erections by eating the right foods and taking the right supplements, and there’s plenty of science to prove it.
Vasodilators are substances that widen blood vessels by increasing nitric oxide production and relaxing smooth muscle cells found inside vessel walls. The largest veins and arteries are where these substances can do the most good, and you have some of those in and around your penis.
Natural vasodilators like the ones listed below can make a huge difference in cardiac function and overall health — so you can feel better and perhaps live longer when you eat them or take them as supplements.
In fact, a 2011 study review published in the American Journal of Cardiology points out that erectile health is an advanced indicator of cardiac health, saying that….
Lifestyle and nutrition have been increasingly recognized as central factors influencing vascular nitric oxide (NO) production and erectile function” and that the review “underscores the importance of NO as the principal mediator influencing cardiovascular health and erectile function (source).
But which food help with vasodilation and therefore ED and overall health?
Here are some things to try.
Foods That Dilate Blood Vessels Naturally
Dark Chocolate And Cacao Powder
It’s another reason to eat chocolate — the right chocolate. Most research related to chocolate involves premium-quality dark chocolate and raw cacao, which are much different than highly processed grocery store milk chocolate.
Raw chocolate is exceptionally high in nutrients of many kinds and has been used by humans for medicinal purposes over thousands of years. But in recent decades, we process it to so heavily that it loses many of its positive qualities.
Raw cacao and raw chocolate products and supplements are available, however. And there’s plenty of evidence about what they can do for erectile function.
How many studies to do you need to see as evidence?
There are dozens proving cocoa, cacoa and raw dark chocolate promote vasodilation that help vascular health by:
- Dropping blood pressure up to 10 points
- Doubling Circulating Angiogenic Cells (CACs) which help endolethium function
- Increasing nitric oxide production
One article in the journal Fertility and Sterility suggests a multifaceted approach to treat erectile function and specifically mentions the benefits noted from the flavanols in cocoa (source).
What could be better on a summer day than sharing a cool watermelon with your hot significant other? It makes the idea of having some watermelon even more romantic when you learn that it contains the amino acid citrulline, a potent vasodilator.
Truthfully, the quantity of citrulline in a watermelon isn’t enough to make much of a difference for you, but supplements are available that can really help.
Animal studies have shown that blood flow is improved through dilation of the blood vessels, and in humans watermelon can improve levels of arginine, a basic and essential amino acid found in most proteins — when consumed in very large quantities.
Supplements make sense because it’s the rind that actually contains the greatest quantity of the beneficial antioxidants.
One animal study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that taking a supplement with citrulline might do more than actually taking l-arginine itself and can improve nitric oxide levels in the blood, a key to vasodilation.
The study authors called l-citrulline supplementation a possible “novel therapy” for erectile dysfunction (source).
It seems like ginger is a cure for just about everything, doesn’t it? That’s because it may well be. Ginger has been used throughout the ages for curing a variety of ailments, and much of this usefulness is down to its impact as a natural vasodilator.
Herbal medicine textbooks call the compounds that bring about the positive effect gingerol, zingiberene and shogaol. And animal studies have demonstrated their benefits on blood vessels.
Research published in the Journal of Pharmacology in the late 1980s was already showing to the Western medical community a positive impact on blood vessels from use of ginger (source). So why haven’t you heard of this before?
When you add in the fact that ginger is also considered by some to be an aphrodisiac, what’s not to like about it? And it gives you a warm, spicy feeling when you use it in a tea, in its juice form or even as a supplement.
Who’s up for some fried rice or perhaps chicken and broccoli with some ginger sauce tonight?
Cold Water Fish
Do you really need convincing about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids on overall health?
The best natural sources of these fatty acids that work as vasodilators are found in high concentrations in the following fish:
Science has proven again and again that omega-3 fatty acids improve blood lipids, relax arteries and blood vessels and enhance blood flow — including blood to your penis.
But what if you don’t like fish?
Fish oil supplements are available — and the higher quality products won’t leave a fishy aftertaste as they once did, especially if you take them at night right before you go to bed.
When you combine those supplements with a bit of exercise and some healthy eating, you get a recipe for healthy genitals and a healthy body as well.
Curcumin And Turmeric
Curcumin is the main component of turmeric — the spice that’s often used in curry and also gives plain old yellow mustard its distinctive color. It also plays a powerful role as a vasodilator.
And that’s just the beginning.
A study from 2012 published in the journal Nutrition sought to find out if there was anything to all the buzz concerning curcumin and turmeric.
The authors were concerned because only high-doses of curcumin had been studied. So they looked at giving people a low dose of lipidated curcumin extract, which is available on the market today.
The research indicated many health effects, including better triglyceride values, better salivary action and greater nitric oxide levels in the blood (source).
The researchers concluded that middle aged people could definitely benefit from this vasodilating spice.
When you consider that research has also shown curcumin to work as well as NSAID pain relievers like Aleve and Advil for pain and inflammation, cooking with turmeric or supplementing with it makes sense.
Other foods that work as natural vasodilators include:
- Chili peppers
- Garlic and onions
- Red wine
- Beet juice
- Citrus Fruits
- Dark Leafy Greens
- Raw Manuka Honey
Adding these vasodilators to your diet and to your supplement regimen makes sense if you want better endolethial function, increased blood flow, a boost in nitric oxide production and increased repair capabilities for your arterial walls.