(Mirror Daily, United States) According to a study which was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on Friday fruits rich in flavonoids are good against erectile dysfunction. The study was conducted by researchers from Harvard University and the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Nutrition professor Aedin Cassidy from the University of East Anglia explained that the researchers already knew foods rich in flavonoids are beneficial against cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but this is the first study which analyzes which links flavonoids with erectile dysfunction.
According to the research flavones, flavanones and anthocyanins which are found in citrus, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrant and radishes provide the most noticeable benefits against erectile dysfunction, which is a condition that affects around half of the population of middle-aged and old men.
For the study the research team analyzed over 50.000 middle-aged men. The participants in the study were supposed to answer questions about whether they were able to maintain an erection throughout a sexual intercourse or not. The participants also provided a history on their erectile dysfunction. The men were questioned every four years: in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Besides the survey the researchers also kept track of the participants’diet and focused on the consumption of six common types of flavnonoids. Besides fruit and vegetables, flavonoids are also found in herbs, teas and even in wines.
Over one third of the participants in the study said that they had suffered from erectile dysfunction. However it was observed that those participants who consumed at least a few portions of foods rich in flavonoid every week had 10 percent lower chances of developing erectile dysfunction. The best results were reported among men who were younger than 70. In addition the lowest risk of developing erectile dysfunction was reported among men who not only consumed both flavanones and anthocyanins, but who also exercised. It has already been proved that exercise is good for those who suffer from erectile dysfunction.
He senior author of the study, epidemiology and nutrition professor Dr. Eric Rimm from Harvard University explained that the research team has also observed a noticeable benefit regarding heart health. According to Dr. Rimm erectile dysfunction can sometimes be an early warning of low vascular function and it offers a great opportunity for intervening and preventing cardiovascular disease and heart attacks, which could lead to death.
So if men with erectile dysfunction are more motivated to keep a healthy diet and exercise constantly this will also improve their cardiovascular health.
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