Good news for your genitals, gentlemen! We all know specific behaviors, like smoking, can heighten your risk of erectile dysfunction. And that there are certain things you can put in your body, like, uh, whiskey, that perhaps have an adverse effect on your penis too. But are there foods that can give you a boost down low?
A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that simply consuming more flavonoid-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, tea, and red wine could seriously decrease your risk of developing erectile dysfunction, thereby saving your sex life.
Flavonoids are a type of phytonutrient that give fruits like grapes and blueberries their rich color, and have incredible antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The flavonoid anthocyanin encourages blood flow, which is the mother of erections, so no wonder it’s good for your junk.
The study, led by Aedin Cassidy, professor of nutrition at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, followed 25,096 men over 10 years, and had them fill out food-frequency questionnaires every 4 years to track their dietary patterns. The men also self-rated their erectile function (or dysfunction), and the researchers found that the men who ate more flavonoid-rich foods had lower rates of erectile dysfunction.
“Men who regularly consumed foods high in these flavonoids were 10% less likely to suffer erectile dysfunction. In terms of quantities, we're talking just a few portions a week,” Cassidy stated in a press release at the University of East Anglia. It’s also worth mentioning that having lots of flavonoids in your diet reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, too. It’s a win-win situation all around.
Men who consumed the most flavonoids had the strongest boners, and men who got most of their flavonoids from fruit had a whopping 14% reduction in erectile dysfunction risk. Sounds like a small price to pay for a well working penis.
What are the foods with the most erection-friendly flavonoids, you ask? Try blueberries, cherries, radishes, celery, citrus fruits, parsley, thyme, hot peppers, tea, and red wine. They’re your manhood's best friend.