In this week’s article we will discuss some nutrients found in watermelon, L-arginine and L-Citrulline, and how they can help men in bed. L-arginine is produced when L-citrulline is converted in the kidneys, L-arginine is then converted into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is essential to penile erection as its function as vasodilator of the smooth muscle cells of the penile arteries allows blood to rush in making the penis erect.

In Luigi Cormio’s study “Oral L-Citrulline Supplementation Improves Erection Hardness in Men with Mild Erectile Dysfunction” he had the theory that if you give men who suffer from mild to moderate erectile dysfunction an oral L-citrulline supplement it would improve erection strength.

This study used men who scored a 3 on the erection hardness scale. A 3 on the erection hardness scale represents a moderate reduction in erection strength that still allows some vaginal penetration but not satisfactory penetration and/or completion of successful intercourse. The goal was to get the men to reach a erection hardness score of a 4, normal erectile function. This improvement would be associated with 24x greater odds of successful intercourse.

24 men averaged ages of 56.5 years (+/- 9.8 years) were selected to be subjects of the testing, for the first month they received a placebo pill and the second month they received 1.5 grams per day of L-citrulline. Erection hardness, number of intercourses per month, treatment satisfaction, and possible adverse events were tracked. 

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The Results:

At the end of the two months significant improvement of a score from 3 to 4 in the erection hardness scale was made in 2 of the 24 (8.3%) men during the placebo trial and 12 of the 24 (50%) men using the L-citrulline. At the start of the study average number of intercourses was 1.37 per month. After the placebo treatment the number of intercourses increased slightly to 1.53 per month. Using the L-citrulline the number of intercourses increased significantly to 2.3 per month. 12 of the 24 men were very satisfied with the L-citrulline treatment, and none reported any adverse events using the L-citrulline.

This study shows that using L-citrulline as a method to improve the erection hardness in men suffering from moderate erectile dysfunction may potentially be an effective treatment method, that will be well accepted and side effect free. If you are having challenges in bed getting it up fully, go to your local supermarket and find a nice watermelon, that might just do the trick .


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