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Enjoy These 7 Autumn Vegetables for Better Erection Health

The varied colors of autumn’s vegetables represent a virtual rainbow of plant-based and traditional nutrients that support erection health. Take advantage of this seasonal bounty to promote both erectile and overall health. 


Autumn is the season of harvest, the time of the year when farmers and vegetable gardeners gather in their crops. Many of the vegetables — and fruits — that are most plentiful in the autumn are particularly supportive of erectile function.

This blog post looks at some of those autumn vegetables that are most closely associated with robust erections. Hopefully, it will also give you better insight into the nutrients that make them particularly effective in improving blood flow and function.

Taking advantage of these foods at the peak of their freshness ensures that you’re getting the most out of them. Including them in your diet will help to protect you against the risk of erectile dysfunction. But even if you already suffer from male impotence, eating plenty of these foods plus making other commonsense healthy lifestyle choices can help you to push back against the symptoms that cause ED. And if your ED is not yet too advanced, these foods combined with other lifestyle modifications might even help you regain relatively normal function.

Good 4 Heart = Good 4 Penis

In an interview with a few years back, urologist Michael Eisenberg, M.D., observed that anything that is good for the heart is good for the penis, and vice versa. While that thought isn’t original with Eisenberg, it is one that’s held by hundreds of other medical professionals and an important lesson to learn.

The cardiovascular system pumps blood to all of our body’s vital organs and tissues. Depending on the size of the organ it’s supplying, each artery varies in size. While those supplying the heart and brain are relatively larger, the artery that delivers oxygen-rich blood to the penis is relatively smaller.

It therefore should come as no surprise that erection problems may be one of the earliest signs that all is not well with your cardiovascular system. If the smaller artery supplying the penis has become so clogged with fatty plaques that it no longer functions as it once did, it’s only a matter of time before the same fate may befall other, larger arteries.

In this sense, ED serves as an early warning sign of more serious cardiovascular health events that may lie ahead if steps aren’t taken to reverse or at least minimize damage to the vascular system.

Eisenberg, who was at the time of this interview director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, said that a good diet, regular exercise, and a healthy body weight are all factors that can promote better erectile function and ward off damage.

Fall Crops and the Heart 

Autumn has its own unique assortment of varied colored vegetables and fruits that are packed with nutrients that are supportive of overall cardiovascular function and thus help to promote erection health.

Much of the seasonal produce associated with autumn comes in deep colors of orange, red, and purple. Registered dietitian Riska Platt, a nutritionist with Mt. Sinai Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program, urges her patients to eat a rainbow of colors. “More colors usually means there is good nutritional value in your meal.”

What follows is a series of brief profiles of autumn vegetables that are particularly supportive of optimal erection health.

Beet juice and fresh beets.

Beets, along with their greens and juice, help to promote robust erectile function.

1. Beets and Their Greens

One of the many colorful vegetables harvested in the fall is the beet, which can deliver a world of erection-friendly nutrients through both the beets themselves and their greens. According to, beets are high in antioxidant-rich vitamin C, folate, and vitamin B6, as well as a wide array of minerals, including iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and phosphorus. Also loaded with vitamins and minerals, beet greens can be prepared much the same as spinach.

2. Brussels Sprouts

No longer limited to Belgium, reputedly the land of their origin, these small green cruciferous vegetables are high in fiber and also loaded with a dizzying array of vitamins and minerals. The nutrition-rich sprouts also contain plenty of phytochemicals, plant-based nutrients that are crucial for good overall health.

3. Butternut Squash 

This antioxidant-rich member of the squash family tastes a bit like pumpkin and boosts immune response, which helps to protect against illness. This vegetable is also an excellent source of vitamins B1, B6, C, and E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.

4. Carrots Aren’t Just for Sight 

High in carotenoids, the phytonutrients that give these vegetables their distinctive orange color, carrots improve both the quality and motility of sperm, which is of course important to those concerned about fertility. But those carotenoids are also rich in antioxidants, which combat the free radicals responsible for the cellular damage associated with the aging process and disease. And anything rich in antioxidants is helpful in maintaining strong erectile function.

5. Eggplant and Its Anthocyanins

Anthocyanins, which give the eggplant its deep purple color, are powerful antioxidants, which combat free radicals and help to promote better overall health. These phytonutrients have also been found to help prevent diabetes and heart disease. These vegetables also contain other antioxidants, as well as plenty of vitamins and minerals.

6. Pumpkins

Although technically a fruit, the pumpkin isn’t just the medium for carving jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween. The flesh of the pumpkin is loaded with erection-friendly vitamins and minerals and is particularly notable for its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation helps to compromise normal vascular function, as well as other important bodily functions. Anything that reduces inflammation is by definition erection-friendly. The seeds of the pumpkin are rich in zinc, which also is supportive of erection health.

7. Sweet Potatoes

From their reddish-purplish skins to their richly orange-colored flesh, sweet potatoes are nutritional powerhouses. Rich in vitamins A and C, both of which are powerful antioxidants, sweet potatoes also contain vitamins B5 and B6, as well as potassium and manganese, all of which help to support erection health.

Because diabetes is a major cause of ED, the sweet potato’s reputed ability to help regulate blood glucose levels makes it a particularly good choice for diabetics.

The word fall spelled out with vegetables.

Roasting vegetables is one way to take advantage of autumn’s bounty.

Roasting Fall Vegetables

One of the best ways to enjoy many of these fall vegetables is by roasting them in the oven. Cut up any or all of the vegetables listed above into bite-sized pieces, toss them with heart-healthy olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste, and spread on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool briefly, and then dig in.

If You Need More Help

While eating a healthy diet and making other healthy lifestyle choices can improve underlying erectile function, it might not be enough to reverse more advanced symptoms of male impotence. In that case, Viagra or one of the other oral ED drugs known as PDE5 inhibitors should be able to help.

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Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+