Are you and your partner experiencing the bedroom blues? Maybe the banana isn’t quite “perking” up? Sorry, guys: there is no miracle food that can cure erectile dysfunction. But, there is evidence that certain foods can provide assistance in this area.
A collaborative study done by Harvard University and University of East Anglia has shown that eating flavonoid-rich foods are associated in reducing the risk of erectile dysfunction.
“Evidence that foods can help with ED is probably related to a vascular connection,” says Firouz Daneshgari, MD, professor and chairman of the department of urology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.
Should you eat more of the foods containing these key nutrients? Essentially, the antioxidants that are present in these foods are also present in plant-based foods. Of the six main types of flavonoids, three in particular—anthocyanins (found in blueberries), flavanones and flavones (both found in citrus fruits)—offer the greatest benefits in preventing ED.
“Erectile problems are usually due to not having a good blood supply to the penis, so foods that are good for your vascular system may also help prevent ED.”
Greens & Beets
The dark leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, celery have shown to increase circulation due to the concentration being heavy in the nitrates. The liquid inside of beets is heavy in nitrates as well. They are vasodilators, which means they open up blood vessels and increase blood flow. The ED supplements have properties shown to create the relaxing effects of nitrates on the blood vessels that supply the penis.
At the University of Texas, finding may suggest that men who drink 2-3 cups of coffee (or 85 to 170 mg of caffeine from other beverages) are 42% less likely to suffer from ED. Scientists believe the stimulant can trigger a series of reactions in the body which leads to blood flow increasing around the penis.
A study in France found that those who could handle spicy foods tend to have increased testosterone levels than those who did not partake. 114 males were surveyed and a correlation was found between high testosterone and spicy foods. Capsaicin – the compound in chili sauces, peppers, etc. was linked to increased testosterone levels.
If you strive for a taste that is like your partners – sweet but with a kick – you need some Ginger. To improve your sex life, the compounds found in ginger aid in blood flow and artery health. The International Journal of Cardiology found that those men who consumed ginger boosted their sperm viability and testosterone levels. Sushi lovers should have no problem adding extra ginger into their diet.
Asparagus has many health benefits, including taking of the pressure from the arteries, help reduce inflammation, and fight against blood clots. Asparagus has the potential of boosting libido and inducing harder erections.
Pomegranate is referred as the “fruit of Gods.” It is full of antioxidants which boost immunity and protect the arteries. Furthermore, it increases nitric oxide necessary for arteries to remain open and allow better blood flow resulting in stronger and harder erections.
Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties important for fighting atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis means clogged arteries and less blood flow. Good blood flow is necessary for harder erections and a healthy body.
Cranberries, are rich in potassium which can aid to decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
Watermelon contains L-citruline which increase nitric oxide in the arteries allowing them to relax and improve blood flow essential for harder erections. Many athletes are using L-citruline as a pre-workout supplement to improve the “muscle pump” caused by improved blood flow in the muscles..
Just a few simple modification to your diet plan and substitution of “bad food” with “artery-friendly” food can have a huge impact on your overall health and would help with harder erections.
ED can happen to many of us, but improving your sexual health calls for improving your overall well-being. Taking extra care and eating the right foods, you’ll see improvements in other parts of the body as well. Chances are, if you take good care of your overall health, you can tame some of the common causes of erectile dysfunction.