6 Jan 2011
Recovery time or refractory period is the waiting time before you can achieve another erection after ejaculating or being interrupted. It may take no more than a few minutes or as long as several hours, depending on the individual and may vary with age. Some men have shorter recovery times and are ready for rounds two and three (even four if you’re lucky) quicker.
The length of your refractory period may depend on a little understood brain chemical called prolactin. Studies show that men who are deficient in prolactin have a faster recovery time.
Prolactin and a number of other brain chemicals, particularly nitric oxide, norepinephrine, oxytocin, serotonin, and vasopressin, are released after you ejaculate. Prolactin is responsible for giving you sexual pleasure and also sets your recovery time before you can give it another go.
Your prolactin levels increase when you’re asleep. This is probably the reason why men doze off right after doing the dirty.
Men are also sleepier after having intercourse than after masturbating. Less prolactin is released after masturbation than after actual sex but scientists have not been able to explain why.
Studies suggest that lowering calorie intake can help reduce your blood prolactin levels. Here are some tips that can help shorten your refractory period:
Interval training is all about mixing high-intensity burst exercises with moderate recovery periods to achieve optimal results. Doing interval exercises is the quickest way to get in shape, burn fat, increase metabolism, and boost your human growth hormone (HGH) levels. HGH enhances your ability to achieve an erection and increases the force and power of your ejaculations.
Foods High in Vitamin B6 and Zinc
Vitamin B6 and zinc work hand in hand to manage metabolic processes and to lower prolactin levels. Men need 1.3 to 1.7 mg of vitamin B6 daily. Foods rich in vitamin B6 include beef liver, bran brown rice, carrots, cheese, lentils, salmon, spinach, turkey, tuna, wheat germ, and whole grain flour. Zinc is naturally found in crabs, Gouda cheese, green beans, oysters, pinto beans, poultry, red meat, shellfish, shrimp, and sunflower seeds are natural sources of zinc. Men ages 19 and up need 11 milligrams of zinc a day. Zinc can also be consumed as a supplement at a dosage of one 50 milligram capsule taken once a day.
Quality male enhancement supplements usually contain zinc. More importantly, top selling male enhancement supplements also contain aphrodisiacal herbs and nutrients that increase your libido, boost your ability to achieve an erection, improve your stamina, and heighten the magnitude of your orgasms.
A study published in American Family Physician suggests that high doses of chasteberry, a peppery-tasting herb, can help reduce prolactin levels. You can consume this herb can as a tea. You can also mix 20 to 40 mg of chasteberry extract with water for daily consumption.
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