Numerous studies confirm that what you eat is directly related to sexual function. A healthy diet consisting largely of whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables is associated with a decreased risk of impotence and erectile dysfunction, so it makes sense to watch what you are eating whether you currently have a problem or not.
Foods can either hurt or help. Red meat, for example, is associated with an increased risk of ED. Foods that raise blood cholesterol, blood sugar, blood triglycerides and interfere with circulation can all contribute to an erectile dysfunction issue.
You need to look for foods that help circulation directly and those that can help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and other issues that can lead to poor blood flow throughout the body.
Let's take a look at 5 specific foods for ED that you can easily incorporate into your diet. Again, don't wait for a problem to arise. These foods are a great, healthy option for anyone, regardless of your age or health condition.
In a recent study conducted at Texas A&M University, researchers found that regular consumption of watermelon helped to reduce impotence symptoms. The juicy fruit contains a compound that is similar to the active components of drugs used to treat ED by improving blood circulation. So, have some watermelon with every meal. It can’t hurt and it might help!
A study published in the Journal of Impotence showed that eating pistachios regularly for two weeks lowered cholesterol and blood pressure. Both can help reduce impotence symptoms by improving blood circulation. A handful of pistachios twice a day seems to be enough to provide the benefit.
One serving of oatmeal a day has been shown to lower total cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol levels. Oatmeal is also high in fiber which helps with digestion and reduces bloating.
4. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is another one of the foods that help circulation. It contains antioxidant flavonoids known to improve blood flow and protect the body’s cells from the detrimental effects of aging. Look for chocolates that are high in cacoa or cocoa. Milk chocolates are too high in fat and sugar, plus they are actually low in cacoa. Some dark chocolates have a 70% cacoa content.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients that improve blood circulation in several ways. Omega-3 fish oil has been used to lower blood triglyceride levels and is even prescribed for that purpose. The fatty acids have been shown to raise good HDL levels. Salmon and fish oils have natural anti-coagulant activity which further improves circulation and reduces the risk of blood clots. Last, but not least, omega-3s have been shown in animal studies to improve sperm production, sperm quality and enhance the hardness of erections.
These foods for ED might not be quick fixes for impotence but in the long run, a healthy diet could be a cure for the problem. Drugs on today’s market are not a cure. Quick fixes almost never work effectively in the long run. Changing your diet could be exactly what you need to do to beat impotence and start enjoying your sex life again!