A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men who ate more fruit had a lower risk of developing erectile dysfunction.
The study, which studied the diets of 25,000 men over the course of a decade, found that men who ate more fruit than their peers had a 14 percent reduced risk of developing ED.
Specifically, fruits rich in flavonoids — citrus and fruits with dark colors, like blueberries, blackberries, and cherries — were found to lower men’s risk of the disorder. Moreover, men who combined a fruit-heavy diet with regular exercise reduced their risk of ED even more, to 21 percent.
Men who consumed other foods that also were high in flavonoids — like onions, tomatoes, and garbanzo beans — did also reduce their risk of ED, but only by 10 percent. Tom Brady might want to take note.
In the United States, it is estimated that as many as 30 million men are affected by erectile dysfunction, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The risk of ED increases with age, though the process of aging does not cause ED.
The paper’s lead researcher, Professor Aedin Cassidy, from the University of East Anglia in the U.K., says that adopting a more beneficial diet for one’s sex life is pretty simple: “In terms of quantities, we’re talking just a few portions a week,” says Cassidy.