Unsurprisingly, erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most common sexual problems men report to their doctors. As a matter of fact, close to 30 million Americans suffer from it. What is more surprising though, is that it’s increasingly affecting younger men as well. One study even goes so far as to suggest that one in four men diagnosed with ED is young (under 40 years of age).
Can Foods Help with Stronger Erections?
It’s important to remember that the causes of ED are many, ranging from lifestyle to neurological. The human penis is a muscle, its function is controlled by hormones, which are in turn, regulated by the brain. As such, the processes that contribute to an erection are both psychological and physical. Your diet can impact both. There are foods that help increase stamina, and therefore erection duration. There are also foods that can contribute to improved muscle function and mood regulation.
Foods to Eat for Stronger Erections
Spinach and Other Greens
It won’t surprise you to know that healthier food options lead to healthier bodily function. Spinach, in particular, is rich in folates and nitrates. Folic and nitric acid are known to improve vasodilation, helping boost blood flow. Low folic acid levels in the blood have even been linked to ED.
Spinach contains over 75% of the daily value of folate per cup and is one of the most folate-rich foods around. The same goes for other leafy greens like lettuce, kale, and arugula. These also contain magnesium, which is also good for blood flow and testosterone levels.
Watermelon contains citrulline, which is a precursor to nitric acid, and is therefore great for improved blood flow into the penis. It also contains lycopene, which is excellent for the prostate, making watermelon a good all-round food for stronger erections and sexual health. Other fruits rich in citrulline include cucumber, gourds, and melons.
Yes, you read that right. Dark chocolate can actually be quite good for erections. It’s because it’s crammed with flavanols, which also boost blood flow throughout the body. Unfortunately, it also contains quite a lot of sugar and fat, which isn’t good for the body in excess. Onions, grapes, and red wine are some other foods also rich in flavanols.
Chilies and Spicy Foods
If you don’t mind a bit of heat in your food, there’s a chance it might help with your bedroom vigor. Researchers in France found a correlation between men who eat a lot of hot foods and higher testosterone levels. Moreover, capsaicin, the spice-inducing alkaloid found in hot peppers, may stimulate your brain’s pleasure centers, potentially providing an aphrodisiac effect and improving your mood.
Studies have connected caffeine intake to a lower likelihood of erectile dysfunction. While this isn’t necessarily medically established, it’s worth noting that a cup of coffee contains less than five calories, and is much more fat-friendly than, say, chocolate.
Oats don’t naturally come to mind when you think about foods that deliver stronger erections or increased virility. However, they contain L-arginine, an amino acid thought to help treat ED and boost testosterone levels. It’s also believed to help the blood vessels in the penis to relax, facilitating greater blood flow to the area.
It’s important to remember that no food is a magic pill that hones in on penile function. They help improve sexual health by improving overall bodily health. You should always eat a balanced diet that delivers a full complement of nutrients rather than binge on foods for stronger erections.
If you happen to be particularly short on time or can’t seem to fit in all the nutrients you need through your diet, you can always consider a dietary supplement to achieve this for you. Howdy Handsome’s Men’s Vitality is a 100% organic formula containing carefully chosen ingredients that help contribute to improved sexual drive and stamina. If you have questions about any of our products, simply contact us. For more tips on foods that help with stronger erections and increased stamina, keep up with our blog and sign up for our newsletter to receive them right in your mailbox.