Blueberries, Citrus Fruits, And Red Wine Associated With Erectile Power

Posted: Feb 26 2016, 3:20pm CST | by , in Latest Science News


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A study titled “Dietary flavonoid intake and incidence of erectile dysfunction" is published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard University detailing the immense benefits of blueberries, citrus fruits, and red wine among other foods rich in flavonoid in promoting erectile power.

In people below the age of 70, the researchers found that foods rich in flavonoids reduced erectile dysfunctions. There are different types of flavonoids, but anthocyanins found in cherries, blackberries, blackcurrant, blueberries, and radishes; and flavones and flavanones found in citrus fruits were seen to offer the greatest benefits in reducing erectile dysfunctions.

Although past studies had associated regular exercises with erectile power, this current research indicates that flavonoid-rich food increases erectile functions just as well as exercises. In the study, the researchers linked more fruit consumption with 14% lower erectile dysfunction, while combining exercises with flavonoid-rich foods reduced risks of impotence with 21%.

Professor Aedin Cassidy from UEA’s Norwich Medical School noted that some kinds of flavonoids have been known to lower risks of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, while improvements in erectile dysfunctions have been added to the benefits of flavonoids.

"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,” Prof. Cassidy explained. "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."

Over 50,000 men were recruited for the study, and they were tasked with revealing how well they can achieve and maintain erection since 1986 till present, while their dietary intake was measured every four years. Meanwhile, factors such as caffeine amounts consumed, smoking, body weight, and exercise were taken into account while analyzing the results of the study.

“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 Dr. Eric Rimm, senior author of the study and a professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
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