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Understanding Amino Acids

Your body is made up of many different components, all of which work to help you have the healthiest body possible. Various parts work in conjunction with one another to provide you with helpful blood cells and hormones that keep you functioning properly. Many of these things that make up your immune and nervous system combine and change their functions to make sure everything in the human body is working as intended.

Among the many different systems in the body, amino acids are major compounds that have their hand in nearly everything that goes on. They help the body form proteins, which means allowing the body to grow, heal, and break down food. This also means amino acids can break down and serve as energy.

Amino acids come in three categories: essential, nonessential, and conditional. Essential amino acids have to come from food; nonessential amino acids do not have to come from food, meaning our bodies can produce them. Conditional amino acids tend to only come in handy if our body needs it, such as when we are ill. Having a healthy variety in your diet contributes to this balance of amino acids. There are also different ways to make sure you get the right kind of protein, in case your diet does not feature certain food groups.

What Is L-Arginine?

What Is L-Arginine

Arginine, also known as L-arginine, is an a-amino acid that can be found in most food and can be synthesized within the body. It can be classified as both essential and conditional, as arginine can be supplied by the foods we eat, supplements taken, and within our bodies. How we get arginine and in what quantities varies; some people have no problems getting arginine or don’t need more, while others need it for growth purposes, or may have a very rare deficiency.

Most people who get arginine will have it in them already just from their regular diet. It’s not uncommon in the slightest and helps widen and relax your blood vessels by helping create nitric oxide. In addition to that, arginine also helps the body heal its wounds, which is part of what makes it a semi-essential amino acid. It can also help you with your immune system, which means it will keep you healthy in a regular capacity.

Even though arginine is easily gained from the body and the foods we eat, it can also be taken as a supplement. This makes sense if you are low on arginine for whatever reason, but it if you want or need more, it can be helpful. However, it is important to know that taking in more arginine in supplement form can cause side-effects, such as an upset stomach. However, these side-effects are unlikely if you try to get more arginine via food.

Since adults tend to get arginine from the foods they eat, you want to make sure you get certain foods in your diet. These include meats like turkey, chicken, and pork; you can also eat soybeans and peanuts, along with dairy products. No matter your diet, you should be able to get enough arginine in your diet with the variety of foods that provide it.

What Does L-Arginine Do Sexually

Among the benefits of increased arginine is improving the sexual health of men with erectile dysfunction. While not a hard science, it has been said and proven to different degrees that arginine can help those with ED. Ideally, since arginine helps widen the blood vessels, it allows for better blood flow throughout the body. Better and healthier blood flow through the arteries means more blood flow to the penis, thus better chance at having a healthy and normal erection.

That said, arginine on its own does not necessarily improve erectile dysfunction completely. It does keep you healthy and promote blood flow, but no concrete scientific evidence proves it will fully cure you of ED. However, there are some combinations with arginine that do help.

If your ED is not too severe, you can combine an arginine supplement with yohimbine hydrochloride. A more potent mix is arginine and Pycnogenol, which is a supplement made from pine tree bark (Pycnogenol is the registered trademarked name). A study demonstrated improvement in the erections of men ranging several ages; the combination of the two supplements also did not cause side-effects common in ED medication. If you are looking for proper evaluation and treatment for erectile dysfunction, click here.

L-Arginine Benefits

L-Arginine Benefits

Due to its nature as an amino acid, arginine can do a lot more for the body then you might think

Keeps You Young

Arginine can help ward off premature aging since it increases the release of HGH from the pituitary gland. HGH is the human growth hormone and is also known as an anti-aging hormone.  

Heart Health

Arginine improves blood circulation, helps prevent atherosclerosis, boost nitric oxide levels, prevents abnormal blood clotting, reverses coronary heart disease, lowers high blood pressure, reduces the chance of stroke, protects against heart attacks, and improves heart failure.

Digestive Health

Arginine decreases the incidence of gallstones, reduces constipation, alleviates ulcerative colitis, improves irritable bowel syndrome, and reduces ulcers.

Immune System Health

Arginine helps to prevent bacterial & viral diseases, blocks the formation of some cancers, counteracts inflammation, accelerates the ability of the immune system to recover from surgery, and boosts the immune system in general to more youthful levels.

Metabolism

Arginine lowers cholesterol levels, reduces insulin resistance, improves and may prevent diabetes, improves asthma, detoxifies the liver, alleviates cirrhosis, and helps with weight loss.

Nervous System Health

Arginine improves memory and cognitive function and helps ward off Alzheimer’s.

Musculoskeletal System Health

Arginine helps fractures heal faster, facilitates muscle growth, improves muscle strength and performance, and prevents osteoporosis.  

Skin and Hair

Arginine helps to prevent or reduce male pattern baldness, improves skin and helps wounds heal faster.

Whether as a supplement or from the foods you eat, arginine is an important element in our bodies. If you feel like you could benefit from more arginine, get in touch with EzCare Clinic. Our licensed doctors can help you find the best solutions for whatever your unique medical needs may be. Give us a call at (415) 966-0848, 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, or visit our webpage to schedule your appointment today.


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Knowing the causes and treatments of erectile dysfunction requires an in-depth understanding of how erections work and the psychological and physiological factors that bring them about. An erection is part and parcel of the male physiognomy and is caused by increased blood flow through the penis. This increased blood flow is usually caused by either direct contact with the penis or the stimulations of sexual thought. Basically, erections are neurovascular events, which means that the veins, arteries, and nerves all need to function properly for them to occur.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Getting an erection is a complex process that involves the peripheral nervous system, the central nervous system, psychological and physiologic factors, vascular (i.e., circulation or blood flow) and hormonal components, as well as local factors within the penis. Erections happen in response to smell, touch, visual or auditory stimuli, any of which may cause the brain to send information to the nerve centers located along the spine’s base. The nerve fibers located here are responsible for the regulation of blood flow before, during and after erections.

Erectile dysfunction or impotence is the inability to get or sustain an erection long enough for the satisfactory completion of sexual activity. It is a subset of sexual dysfunction and can occur if any of the psychological or physiological processes required to get or maintain an erection is disrupted. The factors that cause erectile dysfunction are classified into two: psychological factors and physiological factors.

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Psychological Factors of ED

Some studies show that this is the most common cause of erectile dysfunction, although it usually coexists with other functional or physical causes. Inability to get an erection often produces an emotional and psychological reaction in those affected, and this, in turn, produces a pattern of stress, low self-esteem, and anxiety that further interferes with sexual performance. This is termed “performance anxiety” and should be addressed immediately by your preferred healthcare provider.

Several areas of the brain are involved in sexual behavior, and as such, psychogenic ED may induce the brain to send messages that prevent or inhibit erections. Psychogenic ED may occur due to stressors which cause the release of catecholamines that tighten penile muscles and prevents them from relaxing. Also, feelings such as self-consciousness or nervousness about sex, stress at home or the workplace, troubled feelings or feelings of insecurity about your sexual relationships can contribute to psychogenic ED.

In such cases, successful treatment will include psychotherapy or psychological counseling for both partners. Medications used in the treatment of psychological issues may also cause ED, and it is advised to consult a physician before discontinuing any medication.

Physical Factors of ED

Physiological erectile dysfunction has been linked to a number of factors such as hormonal imbalance, sleep disorders, or simply a matter of age. From the age of 40 and above, most men will experience some form of ED. They will notice that achieving erections will take more time and effort and sustaining it will become more challenging. Hormonal imbalance is another cause of physiological ED especially in men having pituitary gland problems or having excess estrogen in their system, due to obesity. Some of the common causes of physiological ED include the following:

  •    High blood pressure and cholesterol
  •    Metabolic syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease
  •    Diabetes and obesity
  •    Peyronie’s disease and sleep disorders
  •    Alcoholism and substance abuse
  •    Enlarged prostate or prostate cancer treatments
  •    Injuries or surgeries that affect the spinal cord or pelvic area.
  •    Radiation treatments for cancer
  •    Medications such as antihistamines, antidepressants, and prescription drugs that treat prostate, pain, high blood pressure, etc.

If you have one or more of these underlying conditions, treating them may be enough to reverse ED.

One of the common questions asked by men who experience some form of erectile dysfunction is when they should see a healthcare professional. For individuals who experience ED on occasion, for instance, less than 5 percent of the time, medical attention may not be required. However, if the frequency increases or you experience erection induced pain, you should seek the help of a medical professional.

If you have or suspect that you have erectile dysfunction or issues with your sexual performance, it is best to seek the advice of an experienced healthcare professional. You should choose a medical clinic that employs professional staff with years of experience in treating the causes and symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Whether the cause is physical or psychological, they should have different treatment options that can be tailored to meet your specific needs. They should also have operating hours that suit your schedule, so you don’t have to worry about missing an appointment.

Schedule an appointment with EZCare Clinic’s San Francisco office. We’re open seven days a week from 11 am to 7 pm.


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Introduced to the public by the pharmaceutical manufacturing giant Pfizer in 1998, Viagra is one of the most common and effective treatments for erectile dysfunction. It is also the most widely discussed and controversial pharmaceutical drug to hit the mainstream market in the last three decades. The active ingredient in Viagra is sildenafil citrate, which was originally developed to lower blood pressure.

Unintended Side Effect During Clinical Trials

Pharmaceutical scientists in the U.K were trying to create a drug for the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure. The drug was meant to affect pertinent enzymes within the walls of the blood vessels that controlled the signaling of nitric oxide. During clinical trials, many patients began to mention improved erections as a side effect of the drug. This led to the development of the drug for use in the treatment of erection difficulties.

Relaxes Blood Vessels Around the Penile Area

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Viagra helps to treat erectile dysfunction in men who have issues achieving or maintaining an erection. It functions by relaxing blood vessels around the penile area, allowing for easier and increased blood flow to the penis. It improves erectile response in men who are sexually stimulated and does not initiate sexual stimulation by itself. When a man is sexually stimulated (through smell, touch, visual or auditory stimuli), the body’s nervous system releases nitric oxide present in the penis’ erectile tissue.

Helps to Prevent the Degradation of cGMP

The nitric oxide causes the stimulation of an enzyme, which in turn produces cGMP (cyclic guanosine monophosphate). The cGMP causes the dilation of arteries in the penile area and causes blood to flow to the erectile tissues thereby resulting in an erection. Erectile dysfunction occurs when cGMP is degraded before sexual satisfaction is achieved. Viagra works by preventing the degradation of cGMP and allowing for the continuous flow of blood to the arteries and erectile tissues.

Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Aside from being an important and very effective treatment for erectile dysfunction, Viagra could also be used in the treatment of other health conditions. One such promising application of Viagra is the treatment of PAH (pulmonary arterial hypertension), a life-threatening and potentially deadly lung and heart condition. Studies show that Viagra significantly decreases the symptoms of PAH through the relaxation of blood vessels in the patient’s lungs, thus preventing constriction that leads to hypoxia and pulmonary hypertension. If left untreated, PAH could lead to right-sided heart failure. There are numerous cases where Viagra was used to successfully treat premature babies born with PAH.

Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure

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Viagra also improves the symptoms of men diagnosed with CHF (congestive heart failure) since it helps to lower blood pressure and heart rate during physical exertions like exercise and sexual activities. Studies show that over 65{c8203d9761d747080d5d8d8905d1aba42b1fc0bb0c6677c47be69113e1f0c095} of patients suffering from CHF also have erectile dysfunction. Most of these patients believe that the medications used in treating CHF adversely affect their sexual performance and as a result, they stop taking them. Viagra encourages such patients to continue their medications while it takes care of erectile dysfunction.

Symptomatic Relief from BPH

Viagra could also provide relief from some urinary tract symptoms usually associated with BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH usually occurs when the prostate gland is undergoing its second phase of growth and this growth period may begin to interfere with the normal functioning of the male urinary system. Reports from the Urology Care Foundation show that nearly 50 percent of men between 51- 60 and over 90 percent of those above 80 suffer from BPH. Although it is non-cancerous, BPH shows some of the symptoms associated with prostate cancer and can only be diagnosed by an experienced healthcare professional.

Increases Chances of Fertility

Studies conducted in Nevada by the Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine show that Viagra could dramatically increase chances of fertility in certain groups of women. The study suggested that it aids fertility by increasing the flow of blood to the patient’s uterus.

Finding a Clinic That Provides Viagra

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It’s imperative that you find a clinic with qualified physicians who have experience in treating men with Viagra. Find a clinic with professional staff and a division that specializes in men’s health. You should also choose a clinic that provides convenient appointments or walk-in availability. If you would like to get a Viagra prescription in San Francisco, schedule your appointment with EZCare Clinic by calling (415) 966-0848 or walk in from 11 am to 7 pm.


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