What if you could boost your sexual performance by getting plenty of sun? Italian researchers have looked into it and found that vitamin D deficiency plays a role in erectile dysfunction!
Not rising to the occasion is most common from the age of 40, but can impact men of all ages!
A ‘soft’ penis, an erection which lasts only a short time, or even an inability to orgasm: erection problems affect nearly half of men over the age of 40. Many people ask why they get it, and the answer is pretty simple, alcohol, smoking, stress, diabetes, depression, cancer, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, side effects of medication… the list goes on!
But if you’re struggling in silence, a team of researchers from Italy have found that a little bit of sunlight can make all the difference.
Italian study confirms link between lack of sun and poor erection
In order to establish the link between erectile dysfunction and vitamin D deficiency, a team of academics from Milan conducted a study on a sample of 143 men with erectile dysfunction. And, for half of them, the researchers noted that the men had lower than average levels of vitamin D, which indicated a deficiency. In technical terms, a lack of vitamin D can lead to an overproduction of superoxide ions as your body compensates. This oxidative stress is responsible for the reduction of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide boosts physical performance during sport and exercise, and has a direct impact on the quality of erection, relaxing your blood vessels and aiding your circulation.
How to fill up with vitamin D?
Everyone knows that the sun is the best source of vitamin D, which is fine if you’re out and about in summer, but what if you spend most of your days locked in an office, or it’s a gloomy November evening? Unfortunately you can’t get vitamin D from food, however you can purchase supplements in pharmacies and supermarkets.
To cut a long story short, make the most of the sun and get outside to fill up on your daily dose of vitamin D – you’ll feel better about yourself and find it easier to stand to attention for your partner.