You may be surprised to know that a blue-green algae known as spirulina benefits men’s sexual health. How can something slimy and green help your sex life? That’s a legitimate question, and here’s the answer.
First of all, you should know that spirulina is a concentrated super food, because it is an excellent to very good source of so many nutrients, including protein, essential amino acids, vitamin A, beta-carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, gamma-linolenic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and arachidonic acid. Spirulina is so nutritious, it is used as a dietary supplement for long-term space missions.
Spirulina benefits men’s sexual health
Most of the benefits spirulina provides for men when it comes to sexual issues is via blood circulation and the heart. That is, the algae provides support for cardiac function, blood flow, and blood pressure.
By protecting the arteries from accumulating plaque, spirulina assists in the smooth flow of blood into the penis.
Here are a few other ways spirulina supplements can support and promote better erectile function.
- It helps to lower cholesterol levels and prevent the buildup of cholesterol plaque in the arteries, which is a common cause of erectile dysfunction
- Spirulina can help boost endurance and stamina, both important factors when it comes to performance in the bedroom. More specifically, it can assist in preventing muscle fatigue caused by oxidative damage.
- The algae also contains aspartic acid, an amino acid that prompts the transformation of carbohydrates into energy. This process helps make sure the body has enough energy to get through the day (and through the night!).
- This algae helps to control blood glucose levels and reduces the risk of diabetes, which is a common cause of erectile dysfunction
- Spirulina works to reduce blood pressure, and this ability is attributed to a pigment called phycocyanin, which has a potent antihypertensive effect. Phycocyanin also assists in preventing complications associated with high blood pressure, such as heart attack, peripheral vascular disease, stroke, and erectile dysfunction.
How to take spirulina
When choosing a spirulina supplement, look for non-GMO, pesticide and herbicide free products. These supplements are available as flakes, tablets, and powder (which can be easily added to smoothies and other liquids or sprinkled on food). Although a typical daily dose is 3 grams, you should discuss your use of spirulina with a knowledgeable healthcare provider to ensure you take the best dose for your needs.
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