Male Enhancement 101: Understanding Nitric Oxide

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Male Enhancement 101: Understanding Nitric Oxide

When you research about male enhancement — about male enhancement supplements in particular — and the science behind an erection, one of usual topics is about nitric oxide (systemic name: nitrogen monoxide).

Nitric oxide is a signaling molecule composed of one atom of nitrogen and one atom of oxygen. It is produced when enzymes in your body break down the amino acid L-arginine, a common ingredient in male enhancement supplements.

Nitric oxide is used by your body for cellular communication and it travels freely from cell to cell, directing and facilitating a number of important functions. It can act as an intracellular messenger, a hormone, or a neurotransmitter. As an intracellular messenger, nitric oxide regulates one of the body’s most important processes — blood flow.

Nitric oxide is manufactured within the endothelial cells that line the inside of your blood vessels and is released…

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