Diet is often overlooked when it comes to certain conditions such as erectile dysfunction. As the saying goes “you are what you eat”. That doesn’t mean cucumbers will necessarily lengthen any part of your anatomy, but eating healthily will definitely help maintain or even improve blood vessel structure thus allowing for easier blood flow around the body, including the penis.
Erectile dysfunction is a common condition. Most males underestimate the impact it can potentially have on their self-esteem and life in general. A common misconception regarding erectile dysfunction is that it only affects older males. This is not necessarily true and it has been found that up to half of men under the age of 50 are suffering from erectile dysfunction as impotence rates have more than doubled in the last 25 years, according to various studies.
Changes to diet, exercise, smoking, and alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of developing conditions that lead to ED, such as obesity and cardiovascular disease. General tips and healthy lifestyle habits that may help you manage ED include:
- Staying hydrated. Hydration is important for your overall health, as well as the health of your penis
- Eating a balanced diet
- Getting regular exercise
- Practicing pelvic floor exercises
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Practicing stress management
- Practicing sleep hygiene
- Avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol
- Sharing intimate times with a partner that does not involve sex
Various studies have suggested a link between ED and diet and studies have demonstrated that:
- ED is less common among those who follow a Mediterranean diet.
- Weight loss improves ED in people with overweight or obesity.
- Those who follow a “western diet” may have lower semen quality.
A Mediterranean diet favours fresh, plant-based foods with fish and a little meat, over-processed foods, and a high intake of meat.
Certain fruits have also been documented to help with ED. Enriched with potassium, watermelons, papayas, and bananas help in smooth blood flow by dilating arterioles. Additionally, although most watermelon is water, the rest is loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant that’s good for your heart, prostate, and skin. This, in turn, helps with improved erections.
For those who like the sweeter things in life, dark chocolate may also help below the belt. Chocolate is rich in flavanols and plant nutrients that can increase blood flow and lower blood pressure. It may also help your body make more nitric oxide, which ultimately can help with erections. This is not to say that we endorse a sweet tooth, but chocolate once in a while may help keep the doctor away and your partner/wife to stay.
Various nuts (in the food sense), also contain a plethora of nutrients and vitamins that help with ED. For example, Walnuts contain arginine, an amino acid your body uses to make nitric oxide. They’re also good sources of vitamin E, folic acid, and fibre. Don’t add more than a few small handfuls to your daily diet, though; nuts are high in calories.
If you wish to add a little spice to your life, chilli peppers can help relax the arteries, helping blood flow to the heart and other organs, including the penis.
Looking through various articles and studies, there are a host of foods that can help with ED. Ultimately, the healthier you are the healthier your love life should be.