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Men: How a little ache could wreck your sex life

What do you do for headaches, muscle strains and other day-to-day pains? If you take an aspirin or ibuprofen – or any NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) – then there’s something you need to know. It could be having an effect on your sex life.

Researchers recently looked at the medical histories of 80,966 men, aged 45 to 69. According to their research, published in The Journal of Urology, men who regularly take these pills are taking chances.

Because they found men who regularly take NSAIDs have a 38% greater chance of erection problems than those who don’t.1

About a third of men in that age group already have trouble getting or keeping an erection. So if you take an NSAID regularly for aches and pains, consider a natural alternative. You could find your nightlife perking up again.

Another surprising cause of erection problems is one you can often fix with ease.

It’s your bicycle.

Two researchers read through 25 years of studies. They discovered that riding a bicycle more than 3 hours per week raises your chances of erection problems. By a whopping 72%.2

But if cycling is the problem, it’s usually easy to reverse. Try a “noseless” saddle, riding in a more upright position or switching to a saddle with gel padding. Any one of these simple solutions could clear your problem right up.

“Bicycle trouble” may be easy. But inflexible arteries are tougher to beat.

High blood sugar hurts your body’s ability to release nitric oxide (NO). And NO is the chemical that keeps your blood vessels flexible. This is important for healthy blood flow – a requirement for strong erections.

Free radicals “oxidize” LDL cholesterol, which can build up on artery walls. This also lowers blood flow.

Both of these problems can interfere with your erections. But studies show that cinnamon promotes healthier levels of both blood sugar and cholesterol.

In one study, just 1 gram – less than 4/100 of an ounce – of cinnamon a day made a big difference. After 40 days, volunteers had much lower blood levels of sugar, triglycerides (fat) and cholesterol.3

Recent studies also suggest that antioxidants may help too.4 In a recent animal study at Boston University, antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract promoted better blood flow – and stronger erections – in just 8 weeks.5

Here’s an even more enjoyable way to promote better erections: Have sex more often.

Researchers in Finland found that men who have sex at least once per week have just half the risk of erection problems as men who have sex less than once a week. And men who had sex more than once a week further cut their risk.6

It’s sort of a case of “practice makes perfect.”

Finally, few people know about a little bonus from having frequent sex. It can lower your risk of prostate trouble. That’s according to a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

In this study, men who ejaculated 21 times per month were a third less likely to develop a serious prostate problem than men who ejaculated less often.7

Stay Healthy,

Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals


1 Gleason, J.M., et al, “Regular Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use and Erectile Dysfunction,” The Journal of Urology. April 2011;185(4):1388-1393.

2 Huang, V., et al, “Bicycle riding and erectile dysfunction: An increase in interest (and concern),” J Sex Med 2005;2:596–604.

3 Khan, A., et al, “Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes,” Diabetes Care. December 2003;26(12):3215-3218.

4 Visiolia, F. and Hagena, T.M., “Antioxidants to enhance fertility: Role of eNOS and potential benefits,” Pharmacological Research. doi:10.1016/j.phrs.2011.06.021.

5 Zhang, Q., et al, “Dietary antioxidants improve arteriogenic erectile dysfunction,” Int J Androl. 2011 Jun;34(3):225-235.

6 Koskimäki, J., et al, “Regular Intercourse Protects Against Erectile Dysfunction: Tampere Aging Male Urologic Study,” The American Journal of Medicine. July 2008;121(7):592-596.

7 Leitzmann, M.F., et al, “Ejaculation Frequency and Subsequent Risk of Prostate Cancer,” JAMA. 2004;291(13):1578-1586.



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