Put down the Viagra: there may be an all-natural solution now.
There’s great news for men out there struggling with erectile dysfunction: scientists may have just discovered an all-natural solution.
A study conducted by Harvard and the University of East Anglia found that berries, citrus, and red wine may slash the risk of erectile dysfunction, according to a UPI report.
The findings, which were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that flavanoids, which are the biochemicals that cause fruits to have vivid colors, have a strong link to lower ED rates.
The research team dialed into three flavonoids in particular: flavones, flavanones, and anthocyanins. Anthocyanins can be found in all types of berries, like blackberries, cherries, blueberries, and red wine. Flavanones and flavones, meanwhile, are found in citrus fruits.
A total of 25,000 middle-aged to older men were exmined for the study. They had been surveyed about their sexual health and diet for the past 20 years.
If you decide to switch to a berry and citrus rich diet to combat ED, make sure to combine it with plenty of exercise: the study found the strongest positive results when those two were combined.
“Erectile dysfunction is often an early barometer of poor vascular function and offers a critical opportunity to intervene and prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and even death,” said senior study author Eric Rimm, an epidemiology and nutrition professor at Harvard, in an interview with The Telegraph. “Men with erectile dysfunction are likely to be highly motivated to make healthier lifestyle choices, such as exercising more and eating the right foods — which would greatly benefit their long-term cardiovascular health as well.”