Foods rich in flavonoids, such as berries, cherries, red wine, and citrus, might help men maintain healthy erections, according to a study from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Diets of more than 25,000 men from the Professionals Follow-Up Study were analyzed for total flavonoid content during a four-year period. During 10 years of follow up, 35.6% of middle aged and older men reported erectile dysfunction (ED). The study showed that higher total fruit intake, especially fruits rich in flavonoids, was associated with a 14% reduced risk for ED. Combining flavonoid-rich diets with exercise reduced the risk by 21%.
In Perspective: Phytonutrient-rich fruits might reduced the risk for ED by helping improve blood vessel function and lowering blood pressure. Flavonoids include anthocyanins, flavanones, and flavones.
Cassidy A, Franz Z, Rimm E: Dietary flavonoid intake and incidence of erectile dysfunction. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2016; January 13th.