Erectile Dysfunction, when not due to psychological causes, is largely the result of poor diet and nutrition. It stands to reason that if certain foods are bad for you, then certain foods must also be good for you. The following list of foods and herbs all have qualities which in some way benefit sexual health, and a diet containing these foods will go a long way to cure erectile dysfunction.
Almonds are packed full of nutrients. They are high in monounsaturated fats, which improve heart health by acting to lower the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL). They have high levels of Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant, and they are a very good source of magnesium, which is essential for improving blood flow throughout the body.
Apples have high levels of an antioxidant called quercitin, which has been shown to trigger dopamine production in the brain. They are also known to reduce artery-clogging cholesterol.
Avocados contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol, and they have long been considered an aphrodisiac. Research has shown that eating avocados can lead to significant decreases in LDL (the bad cholesterol), along with an increase in HDL (the good cholesterol).
Bananas are a rich source of the amino acid tyrosine, which is responsible for regulating and stimulating dopamine levels. Bananas are also an excellent source of potassium, a mineral that is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.
Celery contains a compound called phthalides, which relaxes the muscles around the arteries, thereby improving circulation and blood flow to the penis. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C which is an antioxidant and therefore essential in promoting cardiovascular health.
Chili peppers, such as cayenne, have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, while at the same time promoting the body’s ability to prevent the formation of blood clots. Simply put, chillies are excellent for getting your blood pumping strongly around the body, and they work quickly!
Cnidium is a popular herb from China used as a sexual tonic and is renowned worldwide for its health benefits. Cnidium seeds work by increasing the production of nitric oxide, and this makes them one of the most potent natural remedies for boosting libido. Nitric oxide is essential for getting an erection as it causes the blood vessels to relax, thereby allowing sufficient blood to flow into the penis.
Dates are high in potassium and potassium helps maintain the normal function of the heart and nervous system. A healthy heart and cardiovascular system is vital to getting strong erections.
Eggs contain cholesterol, which is required for the production of testosterone. They are also high in vitamins B6 and B5. These two vitamins assist in balancing hormone levels and fighting stress, two factors essential for a healthy libido. And eggs are also a significant source of vitamin A, which is necessary for a health sperm count.
Fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout and tuna (all considered “oily fish”) are high in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which improve the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol, and are therefore beneficial to cardiovascular health. Oily fish also contain high levels of selenium and zinc which are needed for optimum sexual health.
Garlic is an absolute super food for erectile dysfunction. It has high levels of a compound called allicin, which has been shown to induce the dilation of blood vessels. It also has numerous benefits for cardiovascular health, due to its vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium and manganese.
Gingko Biloba is one of the oldest living tree species and has been used in traditional medicine to treat circulatory disorders. Studies have shown that ginkgo is effective in increasing blood supply to vital organs such as the penis, as it works by dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of blood platelets. As such it is effective in improving libido and erectile dysfunction.
Ginseng has been used by the Chinese as an all-purpose tonic for around 5000 years. It is known for increasing libido, boosting the immune system, increasing energy levels, and for improving blood flow.
Horny Goat Weed is a Chinese herbal preparation used for the treatment of sexual dysfunction. It is used extensively in Traditional Chinese Medicine to restore libido, boost erectile function, and combat fatigue.
Kidney beans are a member of the legume family, and are very high in cholesterol-lowering fibre. Hence they are an excellent food for unclogging your arteries, and improving your circulation, which is essential for getting blood flow to the penis. Not only that but they are packed with vitamins and minerals, are high in protein, and have virtually no fat.
Lentils too are a member of the legume family, and like kidney beans, are a fibre powerhouse. They are packed full of nutrition, and are a good source of magnesium. When the body has sufficient magnesium, this allows veins and arteries to relax, which improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
Liver is a one of the best sources of vitamin A, which is essential for fertility. Studies show that men with a high intake of vitamin A have higher sperm counts and perform better sexually than men who don’t.
Meat especially lean red contains protein that naturally boosts levels of dopamine, the brain chemical associated with enhancing sex drive. Meat also contains high levels of zinc, which boosts libido by stimulating the production of testosterone.
Nuts should form part of any healthy diet (as long as you’re not allergic). Generally speaking, nuts are high in protein and good fats (mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated), and are low in saturated fats. They have no cholesterol, are high in vitamins and minerals, and they have high levels of the amino acid arginine. Arginine is used by the body to make nitric oxide, which relaxes the blood vessels and is essential for getting an erection. Additionally, research shows that eating nuts can lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and can protect against heart disease.
Oats are extremely high in a specific type of fibre, which has been shown to significantly reduce cholesterol levels, thereby helping to unclog the arteries and improve blood flow. They are also high in antioxidants, which further reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, by helping to prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol.
Onions are members of the same Allium family as garlic, and are rich in chromium, a trace mineral with numerous health benefits. Studies have shown that chromium can decrease blood glucose levels, lower bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol.
Oysters have long been regarded as an aphrodisiac, due to their high levels of zinc, which raises sperm and testosterone production. Oysters also contain dopamine, which is known to increase libido.
Papayas are rich in antioxidants due to their high levels of carotenes, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A and flavonoids. They also contain the B vitamins, and minerals including potassium and magnesium. The high levels of antioxidants help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, and therefore prevent arteries from becoming clogged. They are also a good source of fiber, which acts to lower high cholesterol levels.
Peanuts have been described as the best natural way to increase production of nitric oxide.They are actually not nuts but a member of the legume family (and related to peas, lentils, chickpeas etc), but regardless of their classification, they have been described as “dietary Viagra“. This is due to their high concentration of L-arginine, which is essential for dilation of blood vessels. Additionally, peanuts are an excellent source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese, and are a good source of monounsaturated fats, which is beneficial to heart health.
Pine Nuts are actually seeds of the pine tree, and are very rich in zinc. They have long been used as an aphrodisiac throughout the Mediterranean and the East. An ancient Arabic love manual prescribes “A glass of thick honey, plus 20 almonds and 100 pine nuts repeated for three nights.” To restore a man’s sexual potency.
Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants that prevent oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL). In addition, pomegranate juice has been shown to prevent blood platelets from clotting. Studies have shown that long-term consumption of pomegranate is effective in combating erectile dysfunction.
Quinoa is a grain native to South America, and was once called “the gold of the Incas,” for its ability to increase the stamina of their warriors. It is high in protein and fibre, and is packed full of minerals, including magnesium, which helps relax blood vessels, and therefore helps to improve blood flow.
Raspberries for their small size are packed full of nutrients, and they are an excellent source of dietary fibre. They possess almost 50% higher levels of antioxidants than strawberries, due to their high levels of phytonutrients, flavonoids and vitamin C.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, and are also a good source of folate and B vitamins including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6. They are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin K and an excellent source of potassium and magnesium. They are loaded with anti-oxidants, which keep bad cholesterol from damaging artery walls.
Tongkat Ali is a root extract from a small tree found in the tropical rainforests of South East Asia. It appears to work by increasing levels of testosterone, and has been used in Malaysia for many years as a sexual tonic.
Watermelon has unusually high levels of an amino acid known as citrulline, a phytonutrient that helps to relax and open up blood vessels, thus promoting blood flow of blood to the penis. For this reason, research has shown that this fruit may have similar effects on blood vessels to Viagra. Citrulline is used by the body to produce the amino acid, arginine, which is a precursor for nitric oxide, and nitric oxide assists in blood vessel dilation.
Wheat germ is packed full of B vitamins, such as folate, thiamin, and vitamin B6. It is also a good source of magnesium, manganese and zinc, which is vital for sexual health. And it also contains high levels of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant, and is therefore very beneficial to cardiovascular system health.
Zinc is the most important mineral for sexual health, and is the reason why foods such as oysters are known as aphrodisiacs. Zinc is necessary to maintain normal levels of testosterone, and it also inhibits the enzyme that converts testosterone into excess estrogen. In addition, zinc also has been proven to help the body produce healthier sperm by increasing sperm count and motility.
Summary: There are an abundance of foods and herbs that are known to benefit erectile function, due to the nutrients they contain. A diet including these foods will lower cholesterol, improve heart health, and go a long way to cure your erectile dysfunction.