Both L-Citrulline and L-Arginine are amino acids normally made by the body. The body converts L-Citrulline to L-Arginine to be used to improve blood flow throughout the entire body (not only the genitals). The conversion results in another chemical, Nitric Oxide. All three of these compounds are important to the health of your heart and blood vessels.
Nitric Oxide helps the arteries relax and work better, which in turn improves blood flow from head to toe. Better blood flow is important in preventing some diseases, such as high blood pressure. Nitric Oxide is also part of the complex cascade of getting an erection – helping with the relaxation of the arteries. Increased blood flow can create better erections.
Nitric Oxide (not to be confused with nitrous oxide – laughing gas), is made by the blood vessel lining, or endothelium. When the endothelium senses health healthy behavior (ie: physical exercise, low cholesterol) it releases more nitric oxide – expanding the blood vessels, increasing blood flow and decreasing the buildup of plaque. IF on the other hand, the endothelium senses unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or emotional stress it releases less nitric oxide. Too little nitric oxide results in atherosclerosis (heart disease), fatigue, less stamina and poor erections.
You can increase your level of nitric oxide naturally by eating vegetables high in nitrates, such as:
Antioxidants are another good source of nitric oxide:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Supplementation with L-Arginine and L-Citrulline is another way to increase nitric oxide. Although supplements don’t actually contain nitric oxide, they include ingredients that help form nitric oxide in the body.
However, the very best way to promote nitric oxide naturally is to exercise! Physical exercise helps the health of the endothelium, and if the endothelium is healthy, it produces nitric oxide.
It’s a win-win.
At Cleveland Health Group we use both L-Citrulline and L-Arginine in concert with our shockwave therapy to help restore erectile function. We pride ourselves on using only professional grade products – those without harmful fillers and that contain the true dosage amount recommended.
Questions? Call us today to discover how these products can help.