Certain foods are loaded with nutrients that promote robust blood flow. And robust blood flow is fundamental to healthy erectile function. Eat more of these for more reliable erectile function.
Almost every man experiences erection problems on occasion. For some, these are fleeting problems — the result of fatigue, too much to drink, stress, or anxiety. For others, these may be signs that more serious and persistent erection problems lie ahead.
Whatever the case may be, eating certain foods can play a central role in improving your erectile health and function. If, indeed, you’ve started down the road to erectile dysfunction, eating these foods on a regular basis may postpone or even prevent the onset of full-blown impotence.
And for those men who are having no erection problems at all, eating these foods can serve as something of an insurance policy against the development of erectile dysfunction and help to ensure that the erections you do have are firm and long-lasting.
For the most part, these foods are not particularly exotic and can be found in your local supermarket. The key to their effectiveness in improving erectile function is their rich supply of specific nutrients that are known to optimize blood flow throughout the body, meaning that they not only improve erectile health and function but boost cardiovascular health as well.
Here, in no particular order, is our list of erection-friendly foods and beverages:
Garlic and Onions: Rich in allicin, a phytonutrient (plant-based nutrient) that is a potent antioxidant, garlic and, to a lesser extent, onions may do little to enhance your breath, but they are winners when it comes to their effects on erectile function. Allicin helps to elevate blood levels of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) while lowering low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol). It also lowers blood pressure and promotes your body’s production of nitric oxide, a key player in erectile function. By optimizing cholesterol levels, allicin can help to prevent the buildup of the fatty plaque on artery walls that leads to atherosclerosis, one of the primary culprits in erectile dysfunction.
Watermelon: A cool, refreshing treat on a hot summer day, watermelon is also packed with citrulline, lycopene, and vitamins A and C. Lycopene is a carotenoid, one of several compounds that give certain plant foods their orange, yellow, or red colors. Lycopene is also a powerful antioxidant, as are vitamins A and C. As we’ve already seen, antioxidants promote cardiovascular health, which is important to erectile function that depends heavily on strong blood flow. Citrulline is an amino acid that is a precursor to the body’s production of arginine, another amino acid that is known to relax blood vessels, optimizing blood flow.
Red Wine: That relaxing glass of cabernet or pinot noir contains high levels of resveratrol, which has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are beneficial in the promotion of strong erectile function.
Oysters: This popular shellfish contains high levels of zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium, and vitamin D, all of which help to stimulate your body’s production of testosterone, the primary male sex hormone. While testosterone plays no direct role in the erection process itself, it is essential in fueling the male sex drive. And if the sexual desire isn’t there, there’s not much point in having an erection anyway.
Citrus Fruits and Juices: As almost everyone knows, citrus is rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. It also is a rich source of quercetin, a flavonol that has been shown to increase blood levels of nitric oxide, which in turn tends to dilate blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
Leafy Green Vegetables: Arugula, collard greens, kale, spinach, and Swiss chard are high in nitrates that promote your body’s production of nitric oxide, thus improving overall vascular health and function. And for most men, it’s insufficient blood flow that’s at the root of their erection problems, so anything they can do to improve blood flow is a step in the right direction.
Coffee: While overdoing it on coffee can have unpleasant consequences, jangling your nerves to the point where sex is the last thing on your mind, moderate coffee consumption — one to three cups a day — supplies you with enough caffeine to improve erectile function. A recent study at the University of Texas Houston Medical School showed that men who consume 85 to 170 milligrams of caffeine per day are 42 percent less likely to develop ED than those who consume less or even no caffeine on a daily basis.
Chili Peppers: Capsaicin, the chemical compound that gives chili peppers their fiery taste, can also help to fire up your love life. It’s no accident that someone overindulging in chili peppers becomes flushed. Rather, it’s the blood flow-enhancing effects of capsaicin at work. Scientists tell us that capsaicin promotes the body’s production of nitric oxide, which helps to relax blood vessels and optimize blood flow. That’s powerful medicine for those who are having difficulty getting and keeping an erection.
SOS Viagra Sausages: Already on sale in the United Kingdom and perhaps coming to a supermarket near you in the foreseeable future, this very special line of pork sausages has a couple of potent herbal ingredients designed to promote erectile function. In addition to the ground-up pork bits that make up the bulk of the product, these sausages also contain ginseng and horny goat weed, both of which have been widely used by herbalists to treat erectile function. How well this particular product works in men with erection problems, we’ve not yet heard.
If your erection problems have reached a point where pharmaceutical intervention seems to be in order, you can learn more about the medications available to treat it by paying a visit to eDrugstore’s Erection Problems page.