A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown consuming foods rich in certain flavonoids, such as red wine, can help reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction.
A collaborative study between the University of East Anglia and Harvard University now shows that eating a diet rich in flavonoids can be as helpful as walking five hours per week, when it comes to preventing erectile dysfunction!
Lead researcher Prof Aedin Cassidy from UEA said: “We already knew that intake of certain foods high in flavonoids may reduce the risk of conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This is the first study to look at the association between flavonoids and erectile dysfunction, which affects up to half of all middle-aged and older men.
“Flavonoids are present in many plant-based foods and drinks including fruits, vegetables, tea, herbs and wine. We examined six main types of commonly consumed flavonoids and found that three in particular — anthocyanins, flavanones and flavones — are beneficial.
“Men who regularly consumed foods high in these flavonoids were 10 per cent less likely to suffer erectile dysfunction. In terms of quantities, we’re talking just a few portions a week.”
The study also showed that a higher total fruit intake was associated with a 14 per cent reduction in the risk of erectile dysfunction. And that a combination of consuming flavonoid-rich foods with exercise can reduce the risk by 21 per cent.
The top sources of anthocyanins, flavones and flavanones consumed in the US are:
- Red wine,
- Pears, and
- Citrus products