Adding more fruit to your diet reduces your risk for erectile dysfunction, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers followed the diets of 25,096 men as part of the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and monitored incidence for erectile dysfunction. Participants with the highest intakes of anthocyanins, flavones, and flavanones, phytonutrients found in fruit, lowered their risk for erectile dysfunction by 14 percent when compared to those who consumed the least. Common sources for these flavonoids include strawberries, apples, blueberries, and citrus fruits. Researchers suspect a diet rich in fruits coupled with other healthful lifestyle factors aids prevention and early treatment of cardiovascular disease by improving vascular conditions. Erectile dysfunction is typically an indicator of narrowed arteries, the same disease process that causes coronary heart disease.
- Cassidy A, Franz M, Rimm EB. Dietary flavonoid intake and incidence of erectile dysfunction. Am J Clin Nutr. Published online January 13, 2016.