Mediterranean Diet Can Boost Men’s Sexual Prowess “Better than Viagra”

  • A study from the University of Athens suggested that men who follow the Mediterranean diet improve their sexual ability.
  • The Mediterranean diet, which includes consuming lots of olive oil, decreases the risk of developing erectile dysfunction by 40%.
  • The scientists contend that the Mediterranean diet can preserve a man’s sexual health in older age without the need for erectile medications such as Viagra.

Following a Mediterranean diet, which is inspired by the eating habits of Greece, Southern Italy and Spain, has been proven to be beneficial to health. A study from the University of Athens found that men who follow this diet improve their sexual ability and decreases the risk of developing erectile dysfunction by 40%.

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is when a man has difficulty getting an erection. It happens when not enough blood flows to the penis. Men with ED are usually prescribed with Viagra, which works by increasing the blood flow to the penis so you can keep an erection hard enough for sex.

However, Dr. Christina Chrysohoou, lead author of the study and member of the cardiology department of the University of Athens, said via the Telegraph:  “Viagra does not improve long-term, it can only give some short effect in order to have sexual capacity.”

But this diet, perhaps the world’s healthiest, “is a drug-free solution that allows men to have long-term sexual function,” Chrysohoou added.

The Mediterranean diet is abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. It features fish and poultry, red wine in moderate amounts and limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month.

The study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich, involved 670 Greek male volunteers with an average age of 67. The diet works by keeping the aorta healthy, which in turn stops blood vessels from clogging, and maintains blood flow to the groin.

Relatively lower levels of body fat were also found in the men, which the scientists think could have prevented hormonal imbalances that can cause impotence. The researchers, therefore, concluded that olive oil can be as effective as erectile dysfunction drugs.

Adding olive oil to your diet instead of butter could help lower the risks. Medications for heart failure and blood pressure could also impact a man’s ability to get an erection, as reported by the team.

The findings were “no surprise” according to the British Heart Foundation’s senior cardiac nurse Julie Ward. She further explained that knowing the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet to heart and circulatory health, might also benefit blood vessels elsewhere, and help men maintain a healthy sexual function.

Source: Newsweek


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