The general rule of thumb to reduce the occurrence of Erectile Dysfunction is to eat a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and good quality protein — with fewer red and processed meat and refined grains. Easier said than done so here High50 suggests 5 simple ways of adding to or changing your diet
1. Have a curry
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory which will support blood flow around the body. Its active ingredient, curcumin, can reduces the stickiness of platelets in the blood and relaxes arteries.
2. Eat less meat
Red meat can encourage inflammation so replace it with fish. Oily fish such as tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel contain omega 3 which can protect against heart disease and lower cholesterol. Try to replace meat with vegetables at least once a week.
3. Choose food rich in vitamins and minerals
Vitamin C, an antioxidant that also makes collagen, is excellent to maintain the arteries (clogged arteries can cause erectile dysfunction). Find it in fruit and vegetables, especially berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes (cooked), spinach and broccoli.
Vitamin B3 (niacin) supports HDL, the cholesterol remover. Removing bad cholesterol frees up the arteries and allows for better blood flow around the body. Good cholesterol can help make sex hormones so statins that stop all cholesterol are not the answer. B vitamins are found in wholegrains such as buckwheat, quinoa, millet and brown rice, plus bananas and free-range eggs.
Vitamin E can help protect cholesterol from oxidation which means it doesn’t “go off”. It’s found in broccoli, peppers, fish, nuts and seeds.
Magnesium supports the muscles cells by reducing tension in the heart and arteries and can be found in nuts, seeds, tropical fruit and sprouted seeds.
Zinc levels are often low in men with erectile dysfunction so eat oysters – a major source of zinc. It’s not a myth that they can spice up your sex life.
Arginine is an amino acid and boosts levels of blood to the genitals, making them natural Viagra. Find it in pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts and almonds.
4. Avoid packaged food
Eat natural foods and avoid packaged goods that contain all the hidden sugars, salts and additives that the body struggles to deal with. This also helps balance out hormones which are becoming a huge issue due, in part, to the plastic world we live in.
5. Avoid alcohol
Any excess alcohol the system is converted to fat, depletes B vitamins and and can increase hypertension. All bad if you’re having a problem getting it up. Some might say the Dutch courage offered by a tipple outweighs the bad but that’s up to you.