As we’ve been told, unhealthy eating leads to heart disease. What we haven’t necessarily been told, is that heart disease can have a major effect on sexual activity, especially for men.
“Sexual activity is a major quality of life issue for men and women with cardiovascular disease and their partners,” said Glenn N. Levine, M.D., lead author of the statement and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
So, if you want to keep up your performance in the bedroom, up your performance in the kitchen, suggests Men’s Health. Cutting out meat, fish, and dairy from your diet can increase blood flow to the heart — and other areas of the body. Wink wink.
Diets high in fat and sugar typically lead to heart disease. Men often fail to remember that heart disease impacts blood flow, notes Lindsay Rajt, Associate Director of Campaigns for PETA. If you eat the right foods, you can reportedly avoid plaque buildup in the arteries that leads to heart disease.
And not to worry, you don’t have to go completely vegan to up your performance, since studies have shown that saturated fats, in moderation, have no connection to heart disease. Studies have also shown that by adding (and removing) a few key ingredients to your diet can make all the difference in your sexual — uh, I mean, heart — health.
Eat oatmeal. Oats are rich in L-arginine, an amino acid that helps reduce the stiffness of blood vessels. L-arginine has been used to treat erectile dysfunction, because it helps relax muscles around the penis’s blood vessels. When the blood vessels expand, you can keep an erection.
Eat leafy greens. To up your magnesium intake and protect against artery irritation and plaque, eat spinach. Other leafy greens have folate, which can help lower blood levels of homocysteine, a harmful substance that “irritates the lining of arteries and encourages plaque to stick to them.”
Go citrus. Vitamin C packs a punch in the bedroom. Men who consume at least 200 mg a day of Vitamin C improve their sperm counts and motility.