A study of 50,000 men offers up an incredibly simple way to give you stronger erections. Just eat these foods.
Researchers monitored 50,000-plus men in a 30-year study. The men were periodically asked about their ability to achieve and maintain an erection, tracking back to 1986. Those who regularly ate foods rich in certain polyphenols (e.g., anthocyanins, flavanones, and flavones) had improved sexual function and were far less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Foods that contain these particular polyphenols (and that were prevalent in the diets of strong-erection men) include blueberries, cherries, blackberries, and radishes.
Certain polyphenols – anthocyanins and flavonoids in particular – are associated with a reduced incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Generally speaking, a good heart equals a good erection. After all, it’s all about hydraulics. So it stands to reason that if dietary polyphenols prevent or slow down the development of these diseases, you ipso facto get better erections.
Of course, there are likely other mechanisms involved, too. Certain anthocyanins can activate the enzyme AMPK, which affects nitrous oxide systems, which in turn control the intensity and duration of erections.
Ingesting certain polyphenols, most notably those found in blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, radishes, red wine, apples, pears, and citrus products, improves erections and helps prevent erectile dysfunction.
Exactly how much you’d have to eat requires further study, but it looks like you could easily duplicate the benefits experienced by the men in this study by adding a handful of blueberries to your cereal or protein shake a few times a week.
Alternatively, you could go the supplement route to make things even easier. Indigo-3G is an anthocyanin product and nutrient partitioning agent, but it’s also the most concentrated form of the anthocyanins available and goes a long way in fortifying sexual function.
Likewise, the product Superfood, which is a freeze-dried preparation consisting of 18 different fruits and vegetables, contains abundant amounts of the polyphenols singled out in the erection study.
Meat eaters get lots more vitamin B12 than vegans, and B-12 is essential to strong erections.
The take-to-bed message is this: A strong erection indicates overall health. It’s the flaccid canary in a coal mine, and if your canary is dead, failing, or flailing, start by shoring up your nutrition with polyphenols (and maybe even some more animal protein).
- Cassidy A et al. Dietary flavonoid intake and incidence of erectile dysfunction. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Feb;103(2):534-41. PubMed.