Men looking for a natural treatment for erectile dysfunction may find it in the produce department at the local grocery store. Scientists have recently concluded that eating a diet rich in fruit can help reduce the risk of male impotence, especially for men under 70-years-old.
In a related Inquisitr report, coffee may be another natural treatment for erectile dysfunction. After studying the habits of 3,700 men, researchers concluded that adding two to three cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of male impotence by almost 42 percent.
In a report published on Friday, researchers with the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard University revealed a diet high in flavonoid-rich fruits is the best natural treatment for the male health complaint.
“The great thing about this study is that the benefits for reducing risk of erectile dysfunction can be found by including a few portions of fruits people already eat,” lead study author Aedin Cassidy, a nutrition professor at UEA, told the Daily Mail.
According to the study, the rate of erectile dysfunction was lowest among men who included fruits containing flavanones and flavones in their diets. A specific type of flavonoid called Anthocyanins, found in blueberries, cherries, blackberries, radishes, and black currant, provided the most protection against male impotence.
“Men who regularly consumed foods high in these flavonoids were 10 percent less likely to suffer erectile dysfunction. In terms of quantities, we’re talking just a few portions a week,” noted Cassidy.
This was the first male sexual health study that analyzed the association between male impotence and flavonoids. Scientists suspect the flavanones and flavones in the fruit relax the blood vessels that help the penis become erect before and during sex.
“We already knew that intake of certain foods high in flavonoids may reduce the risk of conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said Cassidy.
The study analyzed data collected from more than 25,000 healthy men who reported their diet and lifestyle patterns every four years over a ten year period. The participants also made note of any changes to their sexual health and ability to have an erection.
After adjusting for factors like body weight and caffeine intake, researchers found the risk of erectile dysfunction dropped as much as 14 percent when the men ate more fruit. Additionally, a 21 percent risk reduction was noticed among men who also routinely exercised.
According to Dr. Eric Rimm, an epidemiology and nutrition professor at Harvard and co-author of the study, suggests that eating a fruit-rich diet can also benefit the heart.
“As well as improving sexual health for middle-aged men, there is another important benefit linked to heart health. Erectile dysfunction is often an early barometer of poor vascular function and offers a critical opportunity to intervene and prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attack and even death.”
While there is no hard evidence that flavonoids are the sole factor that reduced the risk of ED, it makes sense to consume more of them. Almost 90 percent of men suffering from erectile dysfunction are at risk for heart disease and hypertension, as well as diabetes. Researchers hope a fruit-filled diet can reduce the risk of these conditions.
The exact cause of erectile dysfunction is still unknown, but health experts consider emotional or relationship problems, some medications, smoking, drugs, or other health condition may be the trigger. So far, generally accepted treatments for the disorder include prescription medications or surgery.
While most men turn to drugs like Viagra, a study like this suggests that a natural treatment for erectile dysfunction may be a lifestyle and diet change. Male impotence affects almost 50 percent of all men between the ages of 40 and 70.
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