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Watermelon for your weenie woes?


Mark Umbach | July 07, 2008

LOS ANGELES — For a while, Cialis was the new Viagra. Now, there may be a new Cialis. Instead of making a run to the pharmacy, you�ll only have to head to a BBQ and grab yourself a drippy, juicy slice of watermelon.

Researchers at the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M; University have found that watermelon contains the amino acid citrulline, known to contract and dilate blood vessels, similar to the drugs currently being used to treat erectile dysfunction.

According to a WebMD report, the citrulline in watermelon, genus Citrullus lanatus, converts into another amino acid, arginine, which then turns into nitric oxide, a catalyst in the dilation of blood vessels.

All that said, we wouldn�t suggest you get rid of your little blue pills just yet. The amount of watermelon you would have to eat in order to obtain the effects of your favorite ED drug would probably have you in the bathroom more than the bedroom.

What the researchers do know is that four ounces of watermelon contains abut 150 milligrams of citrulline. What is not known, however, is how much citrulline it will take to start the stimulation.

Currently, it�s unlikely that stuffing your face with watermelon or throwing back vast amounts of watermelon juice is going to have any effect on your member. Just eating something with a plethora of citrulline will not have the desired effect in your shorts, because as Dr. Irwin Goldstein explains to WebMD, �The vast majority of Americans produce enough arginine. Men with ED are not deficient in arginine.�

He goes on to say, �that doesn�t mean eating something that is rich in citrulline will make enough arginine that it will lead to better penile erections.� – Issued by Gay Link Content


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