Making positive lifestyle changes can greatly improve life with erectile dysfunction and maybe even stop it from recurring. One of the easiest changes to make is to eat a better diet. In general terms, this means eating what we all know to be a healthier diet—less processed junk, more whole foods. However, there are some specific foods—and drinks—that have been shown to have an effect on ED that you can easily incorporate into your diet.
There are many fruits that can help with ED issues, so if you don’t like one, you’re sure to find one that you do like. Red berries and citrus fruit have had positive effects, for example. Watermelon is also a good choice. Like tomatoes, it has lycopene, an antioxidant. That’s good for your prostate, as well as your heart and skin. Other good choices include pears and bananas.
#2. Red wine
Nitric oxide in red wine relaxes your arteries, which in turn, increase genital blood flow. However, that’s not the only benefit. It also contains quercetin, a compound that can help you maintain a high level of testosterone, which of course, aids in erectile function.
If you’re not a drinker, you can get similar nitric oxide effects from drinking Concord grape juice or even pomegranate juice.
#3. Green tea
The catechins in green tea are also antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals, the nasty results of oxygen metabolism. Free radicals do damage to healthy tissues like your blood vessels, so when they’re destroyed, your blood flow improves.
#4. Dark chocolate
Like fruits, dark chocolate is rich in flavonols. These are plant nutrients that have a beneficial effect on your blood flow. They can also help your body make nitric oxide, which, again, also increases blood flow.
#5. Fatty fish
Fish with healthy Omega-3 fats like salmon are another source of nitric oxide production. They’re also heart healthy in other ways–for example, they can help lower your blood pressure, keeping everything flowing like it should.