Diet Rich in Flavonoids can help Reduce Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

Diet Rich in Flavonoids can help Reduce Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

A news that seem to be beneficial for men with age less than 70 states that eating flavonoid-rich foods like blueberries, cherries, radishes and citrus fruits may reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction. Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard University has come up with findings that eating diet with a higher fruit intake in addition with flavonoids reduces 14% risk of developing erectile dysfunction. They cited example of Anthocyanins found in blueberries, cherries, blackberries, radishes and blackcurrant as well as flavanones and flavones, which are found in citrus fruits, to be the best in preventing erectile dysfunction.

Aedin Cassidy, a nutrition professor at UEA, said it is already known that food rich in flavonoids helps in reducing risk of conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Cassidy added that the research found 10% reduction in chances of suffering erectile dysfunction in men who regularly consumed foods high in flavonoids. Researchers used data collected since 1986 and analyzed the answers from 50,000 middle-aged, healthy men who were asked about their ability to have and maintain an erection sufficient for intercourse.

They even considered factors like body weight, physical activity, caffeine consumption and smoking habits. More than 33% of participants who do not eat flavonoids reported new onset erectile dysfunction compared to those who consumed diet rich in anthocyanins, favlones and flavanones were less likely to experience the condition. Research published Friday in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is the first study to show link between flavonoids and erectile dysfunction. The statistical figures show that 50% of men face issue of erectile dysfunction at middle-age or later.

Another good news for men who don’t like food rich in flavonoids is that they can even prevent the condition by doing brisk walk for up to five hours a week. Dr. Eric Rimm, an epidemiology and nutrition professor at Harvard, said that since flavonoids even help in reducing heart diseases, eating diet rich in flavonoids can help improve sexual health in middle-aged men.