We all know there are tremendous benefits associated with sex (as well as the higher pleasure rates), and that higher rates of sex and ejaculation are associated with higher levels of penis health in men. Now there's a new study which seems to suggest that more frequent sex may help fight inflammation in the body.

About inflammation

Most people hear about pollution and have a vague idea about it, but what is inflammation, exactly?

Infection is the body's way of responding to an outside threat, like too much stress or an infection. So when a guy feels poorly and gets swollen glands, or when he gets a cut and that cut gets red and swollen, that means that body is using inflammation to fight infection. White blood cells, along with nutrients that encourage immune cells into action, have descended on the site and basically set up camp. They're fighting the infection, and when they win, the inflammation goes away.

The problem occurs when the immune system goes a little awry and overdoes things. Too much infection can cause a variety of problems, including gum disease, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis or hardening of the arteries.

The sex connection

So how does sex enter into all this? According to a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, there may indeed be a connection – at least for older adults.

Scientists in Australia looked at about 4,500 English men and women (average age of 66) who participated in a self-survey that included questions about sexual activity (as well as many other areas). These participants also provided blood samples.

The scientists looked at the blood samples for specific biomarkers. A biomarker is a measurable indicator of some biological state or condition and in this case, the scientists were interested in biomarkers that indicate inflammation is present. Three were chosen – c-reactive proteins, fibrinogen and white blood cells. The higher levels of these in the blood, the more likely that inflammation was present.

Results

The researchers then compared the level of these biomarkers with how sexually active a participant was. Those who had more frequent sex were found to have less chance of increased c-reactive proteins and white blood cells. (They also, sometimes not coincidentally, scored higher on their quality of life answers as well.) There was no correlation between frequency of sexual activity and the levels of fibrinogen, however.

Does this mean that older people that should get more sexually active to keep inflammation away? Not necessarily. It could mean that they are more sexually active (and have a higher quality of life) because they do not have inflammatory problems. It's the chicken-or-the-egg dilemma – does more sex mean less inflammation or does less inflammation mean more sex?

Hopefully, further studies will shed light on this situation and provide a clear answer. And if there is a connection, further studies may clarify whether it extends to younger age groups or if the benefit is restricted to older adults.

Of course, if a man is aiming for frequent sex, it pays to make sure his penis is in its best health. Regular use of a first rate penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can come in handy in that regard. Most men should look for a crème that includes both l-arginine and L carnitine. The former is an amino acid that plays a key role in the process by which penile blood vessels are kept open and receptive to increased flow of blood. And the latter provides neuroprotective benefits to help ensure penile sensation is not eliminated through aggressive or frequent use.