Suffering ED can seem quite hopeless at time when these “involuntary” muscles just stop working like they should.
And even the blue pill only helps minority of men and comes with loads of side effects.
But several studies have proven that ED can be completely healed using nothing but a few types of food found in most homes.
Here are 8 types of food that fight ED naturally:
1. The most important dietary advice is to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while reducing your intake of red meat and processed grains. This is because ED often stems from cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure, all of which are less common in people on healthy, nutrient-rich diets. Scientists found exactly this pattern in participants to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, as reported in a 1994 edition of the Journal of Urology.
2. A diet rich in pistachios can, according to a 2011 study in the International Journal of Impotence Research, reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure levels and improve your sexual function scores. Pistachios contain the protein arginine, which your body converts to nitric oxide that, in turn, relaxes blood vessels and promotes blood flow.
3. Watermelon contains an amino acid called L-citrulline that a 2011 study in the journal Urology has concluded can improve blood flow to the penis to enhance your erection.
4. Flavonoids are fashionable these days, and for good reason. A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that men who eat the most anthocyanins (in blueberries, cherries, blackberries, blackcurrant, and radishes), and flavanones and flavones (in citrus fruit) have a 14% lower risk of ED than their peers.
5. Zinc, for which the best source is probably oysters, is great at improving your testosterone scores, and thereby your sexual function. In a 1996 study in the journal Nutrition, researchers showed that men with a zinc deficiency were more likely to have low testosterone than the rest of the population had, and that an increase in zinc consumption in older men doubled their testosterone scores.
6. Coffee, because of the caffeine it contains, can reduce ED, according to a 2015 study in the journal PLOS. These researchers analyzed data from 3,724 men and found that those who consumed 85 to 303 milligrams of caffeine per day were less likely to have ED than those who consumed less. That means approximately two to three eight-ounce (237 milliliter) cups of coffee per day.
7. Lycopene, a substance found in abundance in tomatoes and grapefruit, can ameliorate ED in diabetic rats, according to a study in the journal Pharmazie. Try it to discover whether it works for humans too!
8. Beet juice. While no studies have been done on it directly, there are reasons to suspect that it might work. Beet juice contains plenty of nitrates, which your body converts to nitric oxide which, according to a study in Pharmacology & Therapeutics, relaxes and opens your blood vessels for bloodflow.
Load your diet with enough of all these foods, keep your general lifestyle as healthy as possible, and enjoy the benefits.