When a man suffers from erectile dysfunction, he usually tries to hide it, his embarrassment boosted by the idea that he is the only one. TV commercials have helped dispel this myth. The truth is, the condition is rather common. An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from ED. Most are age 40 and over. But there may be a trend of younger men experiencing it, too. It’s estimated because lots of men ignore the problem, but shouldn’t.
It can hurt your relationship and cause your sex life to suffer, damage your psyche, and since a serious health condition could be a fault, if left undetected, it could threaten your very life. There are lots of things that may be responsible for ED, from nerve damage to a hormonal imbalance to restricted blood flow. One of the first things medical experts advocate for is a healthy diet and exercise. In some cases, this can even reverse the condition. But there are specific foods that can help with ED. Try adding these into your weekly menu.
Like watermelon? This sweet, refreshing treat does more than quench your thirst. A 2008 Texas A&M University study found that citrulline—a nutrient found in watermelon, was a vasodilator. It widens blood vessels and so helped to overcome clogged penile arteries, which cause ED in many cases. Do you like fish? Have tuna, salmon, halibut, or some other fatty, cold water variety twice a week. The omega-3 fatty acids within can lower inflammation and help keep blood vessels healthy, including the ones that cause erections. Berries are rich in flavonoids, a potent antioxidant.
Add some blueberries, currants, cherries, or blackberries to your diet, and cut your risk of ED by 21%. Lastly, garlic is great for the cardiovascular system. One study found that it can help ease ED. But you have to eat a lot of it, four cloves per day. No matter what foods you decide to incorporate into your diet, be sure to see a physician or an urologist if you are experiencing ED, and get checked out. All cases can see improvement with treatment.