Erectile dysfunction is not an inevitable part of aging. There are lots of things you can do to prevent it like eating a healthy diet, controlling anxiety and stress, managing depression, and getting enough lower body, cardiovascular exercise. Now a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found another element to help preserve sexual functioning, visiting your produce aisle. According to a new study, eating lots of berries and citrus fruit can help protect your erection.
The reason is these foods have a high concentration of flavonoids, what give fruits and vegetables their bright, inviting colors. Flavonoids are nutrients with natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, helping to preserve the cardiovascular system and destroy free radicals that can harm cells, and even cause cancer. Lots of men develop ED due to peripheral artery disease—a condition where plaque builds up in the arteries, particularly those leading to the penis that form erections. But these flavonoids help improve cardiovascular health, and so ward off ED.
Investigators at the University of East Anglia in the UK along with those at Harvard University looked to see what effect if any flavonoids had on ED. They studied six main varieties of flavonoids found in common foods and discovered that three anthocyanins, flavones, and flavanones, were the most beneficial in preserving sexual function. Researchers said these flavonoids appeared to improve blood flow, inhibiting ED as well as preserving cardiovascular health. To conduct this research, investigators examined the records of 25,096 men who participated in another study.
In the beginning, participant erections were evaluated. Then they were rated again four and eight years later. Participants were also asked to rate their erectile capability in previous years, going all the way back to 1986. In addition, the men’s dietary habits were also recorded. 35.6% developed ED on some level. But those who consumed foods rich in the three aforementioned flavonoids were far less likely to develop the condition. If you are experiencing ED, seek out a physician or urologist and have it checked out. A more serious health problem could be causing it. What’s more, there are lots of treatment options today that can get your sex life back on track.