Could this common medication make viral ailments worse?

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Many men are taking medication for erectile dysfunction.

But these ED medications may be causing a dangerous side effect.

As more men are taking these medications, more men are also getting viral infections.

They’re suffering from more cases of severe influenza, viral pneumonia, and viral hepatitis.

Could there be a relationship between the ED medications and the viral infections that are more and more common?

Here is a striking graph from the Centers for Disease Control:

See how it shows that there’s a definite relationship between the ED medications and the increase in viral infections!

But a relationship isn’t always a cause, so more studies were done to find out why the relationship exists.

Now there are several studies pointing to the reason that viral infections are increasing so fast.

And it turns out that it’s a side effect at work from the ED medications!

Here’s why.

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Drugs such as Viagra work by trapping nitric oxide.

The nitric oxide induces erections and that’s what the Viagra is intended for.

But it traps the nitric oxide in every cell in the body.

This increase nitric oxide has far ranging effects.

One of those effects is to increase the severity of viral infections:

In this study, researchers worked with several thousand mice.

They found that the mice that had increased nitric oxide levels had much more sickness and even death from viral infection.

This study demonstrates that NO (Nitric Oxide) contributes to the pathogenic outcome of viral infections.

Where they inhibited this extra nitric oxide with other drugs, those mice survived and flourished.

It seems that viral infections themselves may not be so bad.

The extra nitric oxide flooding the body intensifies the damage that the infections do.

The body’s reactions to the viral infection is to produce some nitric oxide to fight the infection.

But that nitric oxide is a deadly poison and must be carefully controlled.

And instead, the body is already saturated with nitric oxide, and it makes even more.

The ED medication that men take chronically prevents the body from getting rid of nitric oxide.

And that may be causing a greater incidence of viral infection and death.

This  Study out of Japan and many others show why this is the case:

This paper shows that nitric oxide may help combat bacterial infection, but it makes viral infections worse.

Viral mutation and evolution may be accelerated by NITRIC OXIDE-induced oxidative stress.

The solution is to avoid building up nitric oxide in the body.

That means avoiding medications such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis.

It also that means avoiding supplements that increase nitric oxide production in the body.

So what are your next steps if you’re on one of these medications?

You may want to talk to your doctor about finding an alternative way to fix your ED.

You want something other than medications.

You want to stop the cycle of the medications chronically increasing nitric oxide levels in the body and contributing to severe future viral infection.

If you’re taking a supplement, you may want to make sure that it doesn’t include L-arginine in it.

L-arginine is the amino acid that the body uses to produce nitric oxide.

There’s enough L-arginine in food already.

Adding extra L-arginine simply invites greater nitric oxide production in the body.

And it may contribute to the severity of viral illness.

Matt Cook is editor-in-chief of Daily Medical Discoveries. Matt has been a full time health researcher for 26 years. ABC News interviewed Matt on sexual health issues not long ago. Matt is widely quoted on over 1,000,000 websites. He has over 300,000 daily newsletter readers. Daily Medical Discoveries finds hidden, buried or ignored medical studies through the lens of 100 years of proven science. Matt heads up the editorial team of scientists and health researchers. Each discovery is based upon primary studies from peer reviewed science sources following the Daily Medical Discoveries 7 Step Process to ensure accuracy.
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