Erectile dysfunction is not an uncommon problem. The result is the inability to have an erect penis, and the inability to engage in sexual intimacy through intercourse. This problem is frustrating for both partners, as sexual dysfunction can often lead to marital problems. Some men are reluctant to discuss this problem with anyone, including a medical professional. Men are also often reluctant to look for solutions on their own.
Complications of this problem can also include:
- Anxiety or other types of stress
- A low self-esteem and embarrassment
- Relationship problems
Most often, erectile dysfunction is caused by the lack of a proper blood supply to the penis, which is required to get, and sustain, an erection. While there can be one of several causes of a poor blood supply, it has been noted that one significant root cause can be cured by a diet that increases the supply of blood. If a man does not sense any other problem, then a diet might be a good, non-invasive, first approach. Medical science and nutritionists have known that certain foods will increase the blood supply to the penis, and other foods will even help get and maintain an erection.
Some foods are known to be helpful in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. You can learn more about each of these foods at this Everyday Health article.
A recent study shows that men with erectile dysfunction who consumed pistachio nuts every day for three weeks experienced a significant improvement in erectile dysfunction, and in sexual desire, as well as overall sexual satisfaction. It is believed that pistachio nuts contain arginine, which is a protein that helps relax blood vessels. The result is better circulation.
Cranberries, apples, onions, peanuts and tea, as well as red wine, are known to help boost circulation. However, too much red wine may not be helpful.
Flavonoids in dark chocolate has a powerful effect on circulation and in eliminating erectile dysfunction. A recent study published in the Journal of Circulation found that dark chocolate can also reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels, both of which are contributing factors to erectile dysfunction.
Nitrates found in leafy green vegetables, and in beets, have been the subject of many studies that have proven the benefits of Nitrates for treating erectile dysfunction. Several studies based on case reports were published before the FDA approved Viagra. Beets and beet juice may be other good sources of Nitrates.
Watermelon is thought to have the same effect on erectile dysfunction as Viagra does. Watermelon is rich in an antioxidant known as phytonutrients which are known to relax the blood vessels that promote an erection.
The Bottom Line
Nutrition is always a terrific first step in treating many medical issues. If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction in the Cincinnati Ohio area, think about making these foods a significant part of your daily diet. As always, please contact the Blatman Health and Wellness Center to do discuss your specific situation so we can work with you to determine the best course of action for YOU!