With cuffing season well underway, romantic hopefuls are pairing off and hooking up across the country.
And as we all know, it takes more than just a few candles and sultry tunes to get us into the mood.
We’re sure you’ve heard before that eating healthier can make you look and feel better, but a new study proves that it can even benefit your sex life and increase a man’s libido, especially if he has trouble keeping it up.
Published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study has found that a diet high in foods containing the powerful plant nutrient flavonoids can lower the risk of erectile dysfunction in men as they age, Medical Daily reports.
The study analyzed the dietary patterns and erectile dysfunction diaries of 25,096 men at three four-year intervals.
The researchers found that men who had diets that were rich in berries, citrus fruits, and of course red wine (that’s right gentlemen, bottoms up) were least prone to suffering erectile dysfunction. Those who consumed more fruits had a 14 per cent lower risk of developing such problems.
Here are Flavonoid-Rich Foods you should be looking to consume the older you get:
According to Medical Daily, “flavonoids called anthocyanins, are a type of antioxidant, give fruits their blue, purple, or deep red pigment, signalling they’re packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.”
Consuming these foods will help relax blood vessels and support healthy blood flow, which is what a man needs to become erect (and stay erect) during sex.
“We already knew that intake of certain foods high in flavonoids may reduce the risk of conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said lead researcher Professor Aedin Cassidy.
This is the first time researchers have investigated the specific link between flavonoids and ED, a problem which affects up to half of all middle-aged and elderly men, and according to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health around 18 million men in the U.S. alone.
“Flavonoids are present in many plant-based foods and drinks including fruits, vegetables, tea, herbs and wine,” Cassidy explained. “We examined six main types of commonly consumed flavonoids and found that three in particular—anthocyanins, flavanones and flavones—are beneficial.”
By eating healthier foods, like those rich in flavonoids, exercising regularly, and choosing healthier options will not only improve one’s sex life, but the overall well-being of men.