Listen, it happens to everyone at some point in their lives. According to a recent erectile dysfunction forum, an average of just over 50% of men have experienced erectile dysfunction (or ED) at some point in their lives. Short of going to the doctor for a prescription, many wonder if there is anything over the counter they can do. We’ll discuss it here, no shame needed!
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is often related to vascular problems which cause reduced blood flow to the penis, according to an erectile dysfunction forum. Although there is no “miracle cure,” studies have shown that certain foods can help increase your vascularity which can improve issues.
Nitrates, Flavanoids and Protein, oh my!
According to erectile dysfunction forums, one of the most simple and easy to incorporate nutrients is nitrates. Nitrates are present in most green, leafy vegetables and also in beets. Nitrates help increase circulation and acts as a “vasodilator,” meaning they help to open up blood vessels and increase blood flow. Use of nitrates to treat erectile dysfunction has been documented way before the FDA approved its first ED drug and many of those drugs work the same way nitrates to. Another nutrient that is both delicious and potentially beneficial is flavanoids. Specifically found in dark chocolate, they also increase circulation and are naturally-occuring antioxidants, which help prevent toxin build up. They also can lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as being delicious! Another common nutrient is simple protein. A recent erectile dysfunction forum stated the protein found specifically in pistachio nuts had significant improvement in sexual dysfunction when eating them regularly over three weeks. The specific protein in pistachios called arginine is responsible for these benefits, as it relaxes blood vessels.
Zinc, Antioxidants and Lycopine!
Again, according to recent studies done by an erectile dysfunction forum, zinc has the potential to help with both arousal and testosterone. Found in oysters and certain other shellfish, the zinc helps promote production of testosterone. It also stimulates the release of other male sex hormones. Another common food, especially in the summer, is watermelon. Watermelon is rich in many antioxidants that can help relax the blood vessels, especially in the areas that help with erections. One last nutrient to add to your daily diet is lycopine, found most commonly in tomatoes and pink grapefruit. Considered a phytonutrient, it increases circulation in areas beneficial to sexual arousal and performance. It increases the benefits to eat these foods in combination with a traditionally “fatty” food like olive oil or avocado (and isn’t tomato and avocado perfect together?!). Try it as a salad – it helps combat cancers like prostate cancer and male infertility as well!
There is definitely some benefit in incorporating certain vitamins and minerals into your diet in an attempt to help with your erectile dysfunction. Research by a leading erectile dysfunction forum has shown that they, combined with prescription medication or even on their own, can make a potentially embarrassing personal issue feel less hopeless.