If you’re having problems with erectile dysfunction (ED), you’re not alone.
One study found that 40% of men experience ED by age 40. And by age 70, 70% of men have been affected.1
Doctors are quick to prescribe medications to patients who report having ED. Drugs such as Viagra and Cialis are among the pharmaceutical industry’s most profitable sellers. Total sales are expected to reach $3.2 billion by 2022.2
But ED medications can have nasty side effects. They include stomach problems, headaches, dizziness, and body aches.3 In rare cases they can even cause vision loss and hearing problems.
So before putting more money into the greedy hands of Big Pharma, you should know there are natural solutions to ED. And they’re as close as the grocery store.
These five foods have all been found to be effective against ED:
- Coffee. A 2015 study found a link between coffee intake and reduced risk of ED.4 The key is to stick with two to three cups daily…no more, no less. The researchers think caffeine is the magic ingredient, so decaf probably won’t work.
- Olive oil. Scientists from the University of Athens found olive oil can actually treat ED better than Viagra.5 Their results were achieved by giving study subjects nine tablespoons a week. ED was reduced by about 40%. Olive oil is effective against ED in two ways… It increases circulation and significantly raises testosterone levels. Low testosterone is a common cause of ED. Go with a high-quality extra virgin olive oil for the best results.
- Oysters. Oysters have long had a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Science his found this “myth” has truth behind it. The mineral zinc is closely linked with testosterone. If you are deficient in zinc, you will likely suffer from ED. Six medium oysters are packed with almost 300% of the FDA’s daily recommended amount.<6
- Lycopene. This is a carotenoid that is responsible for giving many fruits and vegetables a red or orange tinge…tomatoes, carrots, and watermelons are prime examples. Research shows lycopene improves ED by lowering oxidative stress, which leads to better blood flow throughout the body.7
- Salmon. Like other oily fish such as tuna and sardines, salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s increase blood flow and help reduce blood pressure. High blood pressure is linked with higher risk of ED. Better blood flow helps reduce it. Salmon is therefore recommended to fight ED by experts such as the Boston Medical Group, which specializes in men’s healthcare. Choose wild-caught salmon over farm-raised fish, which can contain antibiotics.8
Editor’s Note: Testosterone levels decline about 1% a year after age 30. This is a symptom of what we call “Male Aging Syndrome.” Most men think problems like lack of energy or libido are a natural consequence of getting older… when it may actually be an easy-to-fix hormone imbalance. See the four ways you can break free of Male Aging Syndrome here.