“Matt, I think my testosterone is low, I just don’t have good erections anymore – they’re kind of soft and I don’t have the sex drive I used to have.”
This is pretty much word-for-word what guys say to me all the time. Testosterone is blamed for EVERYTHING possible that can go wrong, going wrong. It really gets the reputation of the big bad wolf blowing down houses.
And I GET IT. There are ads for testosterone supplements (sponsored by money-grubbing Big Pharma) on TV ALL the time. It makes you think that this is the ONLY substance in a male body that has to do with vitality, sex drive, and getting hard.
T is important. But it’s not the only game in town.
There is a whole lot more to sex drive and getting hard erections into your 50’s (and even 80s and beyond) than just Testosterone. Some of it science is just starting to discover.
Galanin-like peptides (GALPs) control appetite in the body and not just physical-food type hunger, new research is showing that they also control sexual appetite.
GALP significantly increased both the amount of time of olfactory investigations and Non-Contact Erections compared to vehicle
What they did in this study was inject mice with these GALPs and then put them in a cage where they could smell a ready to mate female, but not see or touch her.
These male mice sniffed around more and got SPONTANEOUS erections just from the smell of the female in the cage next door.
GALP stimulates male sexual behavior in rats.
ICV injection of 5.0 nmol GALP profoundly stimulates male rat sexual behavior.
This is a rat study, but rats and humans share a lot of the same characteristics and humans produce GALP in the exact same way rats do.
If Humans Can Enhance Production of GALP Would It Enhance Sexual Function and Drive?
GALP is known to be involved in human sexual function, so while there are no studies directly on humans yet – the answer to this may be yes.
How do you get more GALP?
GALP is produced two places in the human body – the posterior pituitary gland and the hypothalamus which hide away deep in the brain.
These glands are closely related to each other, and are also affected (like the rest of the body) with the chronic inflammation that is epidemic in our bodies today because of the outright lies we’ve been told about what to put in them. More on those health-ruining lies shortly.
What I think (after thousands of hours of research) and working with 1000s of men is that if you reduce the inflammation in your body, that your whole system – including the glands that regulate GALP will start to work correctly again.
Because in many cases poor erections and sex drive aren’t the real problem. They are just a very visible symptom of a completely out-of-whack system.
To fix ED and low drive you almost always have to fix the systems that support those functions.
I promised earlier I would tell you about the BIG LIE.
And I’m going to make it the short version – otherwise we would be here for HOURS and HOURS.
After World War 2, farmers were trying to figure out what to do with the waste products from their crops. And at the same time a deeply flawed study came out that said that saturated fats were bad and unsaturated fats were good.
So instead of doing more science, the government and beginning of Big Ag got together and revised what they said was good for you. They told you to eat vegetable oil (PUFAs) and get rid of butter and animal fat.
And then we got fat and sick. (Just look at the charts for obesity and diabetes in the US since then)
The result is that we all started eating soy oil and corn oil and canola oil. All PUFAs, and all causing tons and tons of inflammation – including in those little organs in your brain that produce the sexual function enhancing GALP.
PUFAs are terrible for your health and cause all kinds of inflammation in your body.
There are plenty of keys to stopping ED, but one of the big ones is to get rid of all that inflammation. The first and biggest step is to stop eating PUFAs and start eating small amounts of saturated fats instead.
This will reduce the inflammation in your body and get all your glands producing the hormones and secretions they are supposed to, instead of being inhibited.
Testosterone IS a key player in strong sexual function, but so are some of these more obscure peptides that are produced in your brain. Get the hypothalamus and posterior pituitary gland healthier and you are likely to see some big improvements in your sexual function as well.
Don’t let the docs tell you that ED can’t be fixed, because I’ve seen so many guys recover with the right protocols it isn’t even funny.
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