Erectile Dysfunction: Specific Foods May Help With ED Treatment

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not an uncommon problem. Men with ED have trouble achieving an erect penis, which interferes with sexual intercourse and intimacy. This problem frustrates both partners, and sexual dysfunction can often lead to relationship challenges and other health-related issues.

Some men are understandably reluctant to discuss this problem with anyone, including a medical professional. They might also be too anxious or hesitant to look for solutions on their own. However, there are several ways to treat ED if you live in the Cincinnati area.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

ED is often caused by insufficient blood flow to the penis, which is necessary to get and sustain an erection. In addition to compromised sexual intimacy, other complications stemming from ED include:

  • Anxiety or other types of stress
  • Low self-esteem and embarrassment
  • Relationship problems
  • Depression

While there are several causes of poor blood supply, diet can significantly correct this problem. If a man with ED can rule out any neurological and physical complications, then a change in diet might be an excellent non-invasive, first approach to help get and maintain an erection.

There is evidence that men with ED who eat pistachio nuts every day for three weeks may experience a significant improvement in erections, sexual desire, and overall sexual satisfaction. Pistachio nuts contain arginine, a protein that helps relax blood vessels, improving circulation.

Cranberries, apples, onions, peanuts, and tea are other foods that boost circulation. Red wine in moderation may also be helpful, but too much can have the opposite effect.

Men struggling with ED might consider eating more dark chocolate. The flavonoids in dark chocolate have a powerful effect on circulation and reducing erectile dysfunction. Dark chocolate can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both of which are contributing factors to decreased blood flow.

Treating ED is another reason to eat your leafy greens. Several studies suggest that nitrates in leafy green vegetables and beets contribute to erectile dysfunction improvement. Several studies based on case reports on the benefits of beets and leafy greens were published before the FDA approved Viagra.

Watermelon is refreshing on a hot summer day. It is also thought to have the same effect on erectile dysfunction as Viagra. Watermelon is rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants that relax the blood vessels vital in achieving and maintaining erections. In many people however, watermelon has too much sugar and increases pain and other issues.

To learn more about healthy foods that counteract ED, check out this Everyday Health article.

Nutrition as a Solution to ED

Nutrition is always an ideal first step in treating many medical issues, including sexual problems. If you have erectile dysfunction, consider making these foods a significant part of a healthy diet. If you live in Cincinnati and suffer from sexual dysfunction, contact the Blatman Health and Wellness Center today to discuss your situation and learn more about integrative medicine. We would be happy to work with you to determine the best course of action and answer your questions.

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