Here's something you probably didn't know: Blood vessels that are damaged and unable to expand or contract are known as "stiffened." That's not good. What's worse, when your blood vessels are stiffened, there's a good chance your penis isn't.

Yep, when the mechanism of regulating blood pressure and blood flow to the organs is damaged, it can show up in various ways, including erectile dysfunction (ED). And one of the ways these important vessels get damaged is through the intake of too much salt.

So if you're looking at a night of dinner, a movie and see-what-happens, you may want to hold the salt. Research indicates that consuming too much salt may contribute to the development of ED, or the persistent inability to get and maintain an erection firm enough for penetrative sex.

The most common health condition linked to high salt intake is high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to T. Mike Hsieh, M.D., a urologist and the director of the Men's Health Center at the University of California San Diego.

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