Improve erectile dysfunction with diet
I am not sure how to ask this, but does my diet, which could be improved, be a cause of my sexual dysfunction? I think I am too young to have this problem.
According to Harvard Health, erectile dysfunction can occur for many reasons. For some, it's as simple as a side effect of a medication.
For approximately 75 percent of men, however, the cause may be the result of vascular disease, neurological disease, diabetes or prostate-related treatments or surgeries.
One Harvard study revealed that just 30 minutes of walking each day was linked to a 41 percent drop in risk for erectile dysfunction. Since erectile dysfunction can be an early warning sign of heart disease, according to Mayo Clinic, their research suggests that men with erectile dysfunction, with no obvious cause, such as trauma, should be screened for heart disease before starting any treatment.
The Massachusetts Male Aging Study, suggest eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, gluten-free whole grains and fish, and reducing consumption of red and processed meats and refined grains can be beneficial.
While eating properly increases good vascular health, eliminating and/or avoiding certain foods, food contaminants and environmental pollutants can result in healthier vascular circulation.
Heart healthy choices of plant source proteins and fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids should be considered.
Not all fats are bad for you, so consider eating those fats found in avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oils. Avoid high protein diets and allow only 25 to 30 percent of protein in your daily calories.
Avoid fried foods, soy and foods packed in cans with the white plastic lining known as bisphenol-A (BPA).
BPA, a chemical found in plastic products, as well as in canned products, can inhibit sex hormones according to Prostate.net.
Even though I have given you a generic listing of good foods and foods to avoid, here are the top nine foods to help with erectile dysfunction and vascular circulation:
Garlic (improves blood flow), citrus fruits (contains flavonoids), oysters (packed with zinc, magnesium, selenium, copper and vitamin D), beets (nitrate rich food), blueberries (contains flavonoids), leafy greens, raw dark chocolate (naturally increases nitric oxide output), chili peppers (contains capsaicin) and pomegranate.
A study funded by the U.S. Public Health Service indicated promising results of consuming pomegranate juice. The Harvard Health study also indicated that a chronic deficiency of vitamin B-12 may contribute to erectile dysfunction.
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Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.