Red wine, citrus fruits helps cut erectile dysfunction
A 40 year study conducted by British scientists has discovered citrus fruits, blueberries and red wine can help reduce erectile dysfunction.The study was conducted by the University of East Anglia and Harvard University and has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition few hours ago.More than 50,000 middle-aged men were included in the study, with more than one third of the men suffering new onset erectile dysfunction. But those who consumed a flavonoid-rich diet were less likely to suffer the condition, scientists discovered. According to the study, the flavonoid-rich foods found men who regularly consume the products were 10 per cent less likely to suffer erectile dysfunction with Citrus fruits, blueberries and red wine believed to have particular benefit to those under the age of 70.Erectile dysfunction affects up to half of all middle aged and older men.Other flavonoid-rich foods include blueberries, cherries, blackberries, radishes, apples, pears and blackcurrants.The new research shows a flavonoid-rich diet is as good as briskly walking for up to five hours a week.Scientists also noted that a combination of consuming flavonoid-rich foods with exercise can reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction by 21 per cent.The study also showed that a higher total fruit intake was associated with a 14 per cent reduction in the risk of erectile dysfunction. It is well known that increased exercise can improve erectile function but the new study seems to give those lazy folks out there some hope of being able to manage their activities.
There is no doubt depression affect sexual desire and performance. This is because of anxiety and a decrease in testosterone levels. From experience, I know that avoidance of intimacy often times lead to further deterioration of sexual relationships. On the other hand those who can’t live with ‘Jack and Sussi’, many antidepressants are also associated with the side effects of a decrease in libido and erectile rigidity.Have a friend who is a living example of how depression in men can have devastating consequences.Multiple research have shown that common symptoms of depression among others include lethargy, lack of appetite, insomnia and low mood.However, men are less likely to reveal typical signs of depression as sadness. Depression normally causes men to keep feelings hidden. Instead of expressing a depressed mood, men seem more irritable and aggressive. Various studies have demonstrated that men generally have a hard time dealing with the stigma of depression.Men are less likely to share their thoughts with friends and family and are more likely to deal with the symptoms of depression by drinking alcohol, indulging in drugs or pursuing risky behaviour.In my case, despite depressive life, personally I don’t indulge in any of the three but its common among my fellow male species.
Reading through the study couple of hours ago, lead researcher Professor Aedin Cassidy from the University of East Anglia said it was already known that eating certain flavonoid-rich foods reduces the risk of conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but it is the first study to examine the link with erectile dysfunction.Professor Cassidy said men who consume small portions of those foods would “see a marked improvement in reducing erectile dysfunction”. “Flavonoids are present in many plant-based foods and drinks including fruits, vegetables, tea, herbs and wine,” she said.“We examined six main types of commonly consumed flavonoids and found that three in particular namely; anthocyanins, flavanones and flavones are beneficial.” Dr Eric Rimm, senior author on the study and a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, said: “As well as improving sexual health for middle-aged men, there is another important benefit linked to heart health. 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.”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.” The researchers took into account a range of factors such as body weight, physical activity, amount of caffeine consumed, and whether the participants smoked.