Facing with erectile dysfunction is one of the most frustrating health issues a man can encounter during his life. Erectile dysfunction used to be linked to middle-aged and elderly people. However, more and more young men experience this problem.
Stress is one of the leading causes of erectile dysfunction. However, scientists say that we should also look for the causes in the type of food we consume.
Namely, certain foods may cause erectile dysfunction. Similarly, some foods can cure it as well. Today, we will take a closer look at the foods you should avoid if you are dealing with erection issues and we will try to explain the reasons behind it.
1. Fried food and junk food
Fried food is generally unhealthy, and it, in particular, contributes to erectile dysfunction. Why? Simply put, fried food increases the level of bad cholesterol, which can reduce blood circulation, and thus reduce the blood supply to the penis. Reduced blood supply to the genital area is one of the leading causes of erectile dysfunction.
The same goes for different kinds of junk food and fast food that contain toxins and matters that can potentially cause cancer.
2. Canned food
You should also avoid conserve or canned food because the cans contain a layer of dangerous bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical compound that can affect the hormonal system and reduce the production of male sex hormones.
Even though we cannot say that cigarettes are food, there are men who passionately consume alcohol and cigarettes. Guess what? Both are causes of erectile dysfunction.
Before you light a cigar, stop and think twice – how will this cigarette affect my penis? In addition to causing lung cancer, heart disease, wrinkles, yellow teeth, and thinner wallets, smoking damages your manhood. Inhaling nicotine narrows the blood vessels, which implies lower blood flow to your penis, leading to weak erection or erectile dysfunction.
Alike the cigarettes, consumption of alcohol may lead to erectile dysfunction, even in young men. Namely, excessive consumption of alcohol is associated with reduced blood flow in the penis and genital region and with lower sexual stimulation. Therefore, if you want strong erections and good sex life, be moderate when it comes to alcohol consumption.
5. Too much red meat
Too much red meat can cause cardiovascular problems and it is known that cardiovascular system issues heavily affect the erection. It is necessary to replace unhealthy fat with healthy ones. It is better to choose fish and chicken as protein sources in your diet than red meat.
Soy contains hormones that mimic the estrogen, known as one of the female hormones. Consuming lots of soy can cause erection difficulties. Disbalance between estrogen and testosterone reduces sexual desire. Increased soy consumption leads to hormonal disbalance, which, in return, can lead to erectile dysfunction in combination with other factors, such as stress.
7. Food poor in flavonoids
Flavonoids are plant compounds found in vegetables and fruits. Scientists have proven that diet poor in flavonoids can lead to problems with erection. Therefore, if you want strong erections, consume several portions of vegetables and fruit a day.
Food plays a crucial role in a healthy life. This also implies the quality of your sexual life. Food can significantly increase your libido and affect your erection. Unfortunately, some types of food can also lead to or worsen your erectile dysfunction.
Those include unhealthy, junk food, fried food, canned food, alcohol and cigarettes, soy, too much red meat, and food poor in flavonoids, i.e. nutrition poor in vegetables and fruit.
The good news is, there are foods that can significantly improve your erection, libido, and sexual life in general.