Lauren Becherer | HealthGreatness
There are many factors that cause erectile dysfunction (ED), but there are also precautions you can take to avoid it—including the food that you eat. While there is no single miracle food that prevents ED, components of many common foods can boost sexual performance by helping maintain healthy blood flow and circulation. Try eating foods that are…
High in Vitamin E
Such as: wheat, mango, broccoli, almonds, peanuts
Vitamin E boosts the healthy functioning of veins and arteries, which affect blood flow and circulation in the body. Vitamin E-rich foods help maintain maximum blood flow in the penis when you are sexually excited.
High in Nitrates
Such as: spinach, lettuce, celery, dark green vegetables, beets
Nitrates help boost circulation in your body because they open blood vessels and increase blood flow. These nutrients are found highly concentrated in leafy green vegetables, which are great in general to maintain strength/sex drive. Erectile dysfunction medications mimic the effect of nitrates to relax blood vessels and increase blood flow in the penis.
High in Phytonutrients
Such as: watermelon
Watermelons are high in phytonutrients, a type of antioxidant, which relax blood vessels in the penis that cause an erection to occur. In this sense, the effect of phytonutrients is similar to Viagra but in a natural form. The highest concentration of these nutrients is in the watermelon’s rind—try blending it into a juice for maximum effect.
High in Zinc
Such as: oysters, chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, salmon peanuts, milk, cheese
The mineral zinc boosts production of the male hormone testosterone and improves sperm mobility. Zinc depletion has been linked to erectile dysfunction because of its effect on testosterone levels, so it’s important to consume foods rich in zinc to keep your hormones healthy and functioning.
Low in Fat/Sugar
Avoid foods such as: baked goods, processed foods, high-fructose corn syrup, ice cream, butter
Like any research associated with types of health, sugary and high-fat foods are the enemy. These types of foods contribute to weight gain and diabetes, which cause the heart to pump harder to maintain the necessary blood flow for an erection.