Erectile dysfunction (impotence), is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.
Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. Problems getting or keeping an erection also can be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment and a risk factor for heart disease down the road.
If you’re concerned about erectile dysfunction, talk to your doctor — even if you’re embarrassed. Sometimes, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed.
You can also try these often referred to as ‘natural foods’
Watermelon: Nature’s Choice?
This sweet, refreshing fruit may give your love life a lift. One compound in watermelon can have effects similar to ED meds on your body’s blood vessels, and may even rev up your sex drive, studies say. While most of watermelon is water, the rest is loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant that’s good for your heart, prostate, and skin.
Oysters: No Old Wives’ Tale
These shellfish may boost your testosterone levels, and that can help with sex drive.They’re also chock-full of zinc, a nutrient your body needs. But you may save yourself problems by making sure they’re cooked. If they happen to come from dirty water, raw or undercooked oysters can make you sick.
Coffee’s Many Perks
Your morning cup of joe is more than a satisfying pick-me-up. It may give your sex life a boost, too. Men who drank two or three cups’ worth of caffeine a day were less likely to have erectile dysfunction, one study found. That’s because caffeine helps boost blood flow to the penis. Not a java fan? Many teas, sodas, and sports drinks also have caffeine.
Dark Chocolate Reigns
This treat may have perks below the belt. An ounce of it a few times a week can help your ticker — and what’s good for your heart could be good for your penis, too. Chocolate is rich in flavanols, plant nutrients that can increase blood flow and lower blood pressure. It also helps your body make more of nitric oxide, which can help with erections. ED medicines work by increasing nitric oxide in a muscle in the penis.
Nuts: Crazy Good for You
Walnuts have lots of arginine, an amino acid your body uses to make nitric oxide. They’re also good sources of vitamin E, folic acid and fiber. Don’t add more than a few small handfuls to your daily diet, though. Nuts are high in calories.
Juice Up Your Diet
Maybe you enjoy an adult beverage made from grapes, but here’s a reason to drink the stuff kids like. Nutrients in Concord grape juice also increase the amount of nitric oxide in your body. If you’re not wild about drinking grape juice, try pomegranate juice. It appears to have the same effect.
Garlic Packs a Punch
The strong-smelling bulb may help between the sheets. If plaque forms on the walls of the arteries to your penis, blood flow could be cut off or reduced. That could cause a problem when it comes to romance. Garlic in your diet may help keep your arteries healthy and clear as you age.
The Good Fat From Fish
Salmon and other fatty fish are great sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which may boost nitric oxide in your body. They’ll lower your blood pressure and your risks for heart attack and blood clots. Aim for 8 ounces of salmon a week. Sardines, fresh albacore tuna, and mackerel are other good sources of omega-3s.
Kale is also a nitric-oxide booster. Aside from the possible benefits to your sex life, leafy greens are nutritional powerhouses. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals and omega-3s.
Turn Up the Heat
You might spice up your love life by adding some chili peppers to your diet. The stuff in cayennes, jalapenos, habaneros, and other peppers that give them their heat relaxes the arteries — and that helps blood flow to the heart and other organs, including the penis. Chilies can also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and prevent blood clots.
Olive oil may help your body make more testosterone. It’s also full of the good-for-you monounsaturated fat, which can help get rid of the bad cholesterol in your body. Opt for extra-virgin olive oil — that means the olives were pressed without chemicals or high heat, which preserves the healthy antioxidants in them.
This is not a medical advice, remember to speak to a medical doctor always if you think you are experiencing erectile dysfunction.