Most guys are pretty familiar with their penis. They know how it works, what to do to make it feel good, what not to do, and how it looks and feels. But when it comes to erections, some of the facts mentioned here might come as a surprise - like the fact that the penis needs exercise, too, and penis vitamins and minerals are important to the ability to achieve and sustain an erection, as well as to overall penis health.

1. Use it or lose it!

Just like the biceps and abs, the penis needs a good workout every so often to stay in shape. This is because the smooth muscle in the shaft of the penis needs to be oxygenated to maintain its tone. For this to happen, the chambers of the penis need to be flooded with oxygen-rich blood - this takes place when an erection occurs.

In men who do not experience regular erections, the penis can actually become shorter - by as much 1 to 2 cm - as the penile tissue shrinks and loses its elasticity. Fortunately, even for men who do not often become aroused during the waking hours, the spontaneous erections that occur during the REM sleep cycle are generally enough to do the job. In order to help this process along, maintaining a healthy circulatory system is essential.

2. Growers vs. showers

In most men, there is no relationship between the size of the penis when it is flaccid versus when it is erect. Even guys who have a relatively small penis when it is soft may become many times larger, while those who have a fairly large flaccid member may not gain much at all in size when erect. This phenomenon leads to the designation of "growers" versus "showers" - penises that that grow significantly as opposed to those that show their size at all times. On average, men who have "growers" gain anywhere from one to 3.5 inches in length during erections.

3. Erectile function

The ability to get an erection and to keep it up long enough to complete intercourse is not just a sign of virility; it can be an indicator of overall penis health. Men who have erectile issues may just need a little more stimulation, or they may have an underlying condition which needs to be treated in order to get things working again. Keeping healthy by following good nutritional habits, getting plenty of cardiovascular exercise, wearing non-restrictive clothing and keeping the penis skin smooth and moisturized can help to keep the penis in great shape and may have a positive effect on erectile function.

4. The penis needs nutrition, too

Good nutrition is important for all aspects of health, and the penis is no exception. Keeping the penis in good working order means following the tips listed here:

• Prevent infection and maintain the integrity of the penis skin by treating it with    vitamins A and C for good skin health and a healing boost.
• Keep the skin of the penis smooth and well-hydrated through use of natural moisturizers such as vitamin E and shea butter.
• Promote healthy nerve cell function and keep penis sensitivity where it should be with amino acids such as acetyl L carnitine.
• Keep the blood flowing with vitamin C, which is needed to grow and repair healthy cardiovascular tissue.
• Prevent cellular damage that can impair skin and nerve function and may lead to serious diseases such as cancer by treating the area with powerful antioxidants like vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid.

Where to find nutrients made for the penis

In order to make the most of penis nutrition and promote healthy erections, as well as smooth, supple penis skin, a specialized penis health formula (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) may be applied on a daily basis. Penis-specific health creams provide nutrients which are not always found in other topical creams; all-natural formulas which do not contain any chemical additives such dyes or fragrances are best for sensitive skin.