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Role of NO on sexual health

NO or Nitric oxide plays an important role in male sexual health. It helps maintain penile erections by dilating blood vessels and increasing the blood flow to the penis.  Therefore, it is the key for erections in men. Lack of nitric oxide can result in erectile dysfunction. Nitric oxide production is triggered by sexual stimulation. Nitric oxide is produced in the body when the amino acid L-arginine is converted to L-citrulline by the action of an enzyme called Nitric Oxide Synthase. CGMP that is produced in this pathway is responsible for the dilation of blood vessels. Such dilation is essential for an erection.  Some medications which are used to treat erectile dysfunction work by blocking the enzyme called PDE5, which is responsible for the degradation of nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide exists in the gaseous form and acts as a medium of communication between different cells of the body. It can help control infections, prevent formation of blood clots, and regulate blood pressure. Nitric oxide cannot be consumed as such. L-arginine supplements can help increase the levels of nitric oxide in the body. L-arginine supplements are widely used by men who suffer from erectile dysfunction. Some herbs which are meant to treat erectile dysfunction work by enhancing the production of nitric oxide in the body and thus help with erection.

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