A new study published this January 13th says that erectile dysfunction can be treated with fruits, more particular, fruits that are rich in flavonoids. The substance, which is mainly responsible for the bright colors of the fruits, can also be found in red wine.
25,000 men participated in the study
The study was conducted on a sample of 25,000 men that were middle-aged or older. The volunteers have filled out, on a regular basis, certain health surveys starting since 1986. In 2000, 2004 and then 2008, the men that volunteered to be monitored were asked to rate their performances, mainly the ability to maintain an erection for a sufficient amount of time. Then the researchers compared their answers with the amount of foods rich in flavonoids that the men were consuming.
Erectile Dysfunction can be treated with fruits
It seems that there are 14% fewer chances to develop erectile dysfunction when adopting a flavonoid-rich diet.
Flavonoid is a biochemical that enriches the color of certain fruits. There are various types of flavonoids that can be found in nature, but the study focused on only three of them anthocyanins, flavones, and flavanones. The first can be found in forest fruits like blackberries and blueberries, cherries, radishes and, most important, red wine. The second and third ones are more similar in structure and both can be found in oranges, tangerines, lemons, almost all citrus fruits.
The results of the study depended on the healthy lifestyle of the subjects
There are some doctors in the medical community that do not agree with the results of the study. They are saying that the healthy erectile function and the consumption of flavonoid fruits are not directly correlated, more like the problems did not occur in the patients that volunteered in the survey because they were already leading a healthy life.
The doctors say that a man that consumes a lot of fruits is a man that cares about his health. Such men do not abuse harmful substances as nicotine or alcohol, they are the type that go running, or exercise on a regular basis. In order to obtain conclusive results, they must conduct a proper study with a broad sample of volunteers (from smokers to drinkers, to men prone to obesity).
Erectile Dysfunction can hide more serious health problems
Apart from a very sad sex life, men that suffer from erectile dysfunction can be predisposed to heart failure, blood clots, and many other similar problems because apart from being a medical problem, it can also be a symptom of a faulty blood circulation. It’s still good news that erectile dysfunction can be treated with fruits.
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