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Foods for Erectile Dysfunction

Updated on April 9, 2014

Erectile dysfunction ranks high among the many issues many try to avoid discussing. Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction especially find the topic cause for much embarrassment and feelings of inadequacy. Therefore, many men who have erectile dysfunction often have problems in their sex lives and in their relationships; there is generally a breakdown in communication and sexual confidence in men who have erectile dysfunction. But thanks to the many erectile dysfunction drugs on the market and nutrition against erectile dysfunction, there is now much less strife between couples dealing with erectile dysfunction.

Knowing exactly what is causing your erectile dysfunction is the best way to overcome it and lead a very fulfilling sex life. Reduced blood flows to the penis and nerve damage are the most common causes of erectile dysfunction. Other causes of erectile dysfunction are stress, poor nutrition, diabetes, vascular disease, smoking, pelvic trauma, hormone disorder, drugs, radiation therapy and neurological disorders. So once you’ve uncovered the cause of your erectile dysfunction, you can make a plan to address the issue while taking your prescription for erectile dysfunction.

But overcoming erectile dysfunction starts with proper nutrition, diet and body fat. Foods that contain zinc, vitamin E, fish oil, fruits and vegetables help to fight erectile dysfunction. Foods high in fat, sugar and sodium make your erectile dysfunction worse. Also, you should lose weight if you overweight as being overweight can lead to blood circulation problems. When the arteries and veins are blocked by fat and plaque, blood does not flow properly through the body and the penis needs proper blood flow to become erect. Here are some foods that can help you overcome erectile dysfunction:


Research shows that watermelon may help protect erectile dysfunction through its citrulline content. Citrulline is a phytonutrient that helps to relax and open up blood vessels, promoting the flow of blood to the penis. Citrulline converts to arginine in the body and arginine releases nitric acid to the blood which helps to relax the blood vessels. To get the best erectile dysfunction-fighting properties from watermelons don’t refrigerate it until it is cut. Also, you can fight erectile dysfunction more effectively if you cut the rind of the watermelon in small pieces and run it through a juicer. The highest concentration of citrulline is found in the rind.

Foods High in Zinc

Foods such as turkey, chicken, peanuts, whole grain products, yogurt, beef, lamb, salmon, cheese and milk are excellent sources of zinc. Some men who have erectile dysfunction have a depletion of zinc in their bodies. Zinc depletion in men may result from long-term use of diuretics as well as result from diseases such as diabetes, certain kidney and liver diseases and digestive disorders. Zinc is an important mineral in men’s sexual health. Zinc boosts the production of testosterone and enhances sperm mobility.

Coconut Water

Coconut water may help to treat erectile dysfunction. That’s because coconut water contains many electrolytes that create energy in the body. Electrolytes such as sodium, magnesium and potassium contract muscles and move water and fluids within the body. Muscle contraction, especially in the heart can help to cure erectile dysfunction. A healthy heart function is crucial to overcoming erectile dysfunction as the heart pumps blood to the rest of the body. So try drinking more coconut water to fight erectile dysfunction and replenish the cells in your body.


Papaya is a good food to eat when treating erectile dysfunction. Papaya contains arginine, which boosts blood flow to the penis. Arginine boosts nitric acid in the body to relax the muscles surrounding the blood vessels that supply the penis. These blood vessels then dilate and increase blood flow. A more concentrated form of arginine found in Viagrais used to treat erectile dysfunction.


Garlic is another super food for erectile dysfunction. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham uncovered that garlic boosts the production of hydrogen sulfide, which relaxes blood vessels and arteries Also garlic contains allicin which is known to stimulate blood flow. Relaxed arteries and correct blood flow will guarantee the end of erectile dysfunctions.

Foods High in Vitamin E

Foods high in vitamin E are also potent arsenal in the nutrition fight against erectile dysfunction. Foods such as peanuts, almonds, broccoli, spinach, mango and wheat germ can help fight erectile dysfunction. Vitamin E promotes the healthy functioning of the heart and arteries, which promotes good blood flow and circulation within the body.

You can effectively treat erectile dysfunction by modifying your diet and lifestyle. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables to prevent and treat erectile dysfunction. Also, avoid eating fatty foods, foods high in sodium and foods high in sugar. If you are a smoker it is best to stop as smoking clogs up arteries, which promote bad blood flow. Bad blood flow can lead to erectile dysfunction. Try to get regular exercise as exercising stimulates blood flow and healthy heart function, which can ultimately lessen erectile dysfunction.


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      6 years ago

      A couple of suggestions.

      Erection problems can be mainly physical, mainly psychological, or a mambo combo. You say that you are unable to maintain an erection during intercourse. Can you keep an erection when she touches your penis with her hands or mouth, or when you masturbate?

      Some men have problems keeping erections at the beginning of a relationship. Then, after they become more comfortable with their new partners, their erections become more reliable. Pay attention to your erection patterns to help you decide if you need to see a urologist or a sex therapist. If you have erections when you wake up or through masturbation, but not with a partner, that's important information that says your body is working correctly, physically. For the time being, why not receive pleasure and not worry about erections? These kinds of difficulties are common and transient. You can view them as part of life rather than as problems. Or, if it is a problem for you, sex therapy may make a difference

      You could be experiencing "desensitization" from your masturbation, or "performance anxiety" due to your lack of actual experience with a partner.

      To overcome either of these the most effective "technique" is for you and your partner to:

      1. Go into your bedroom and get as comfortable as possible. You both need to be very relaxed (not via alcohol, or drugs). Try soft lights, soft music. Remove your clothing and continue to relax together.

      2. Slowly begin to lovingly touch each other with NO goal to engage in sex. As your level of excitement rises relax and enjoy the feelings. Again you are NOT going to have sex (tonight), only pleasure.

      3. If you feel yourself nearing "the point of no return" back off, and/or have your wife apply the Semans procedure, aka "squeeze", "pinch" procedure. A firm (not painful) "pinch" to the head of your penis. Then when you are able continue "pleasuring" each other. This will allow you to experience having erections for longer and longer periods.

      For LOTS MORE information you can go to www.IMPOTENCEORERECTILEDYSFUNCTION.COM

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      7 years ago

      Awesome hub.It really is..I am surely gonna follow these food tips.This provides such useful information .I loved it..Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful and informative hub.


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      premature ejaculation fix 

      7 years ago

      Nice food ideas. I love coconut water! Thanks and cool post!

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      premature orgasm remedy 

      7 years ago

      These are really some great food choices here! thank you for this very helpful and exclusive info. I have found it to be very helpful.

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      7 years ago from Sandpoint, Idaho

      Watermelon is the #1 food source of L-citrulline which when combined with L-arginine removes plaque from your arteries. You may have to eat 2 whole watermelons to get major benefits, but the results will be there. The food we all eat is what is the bottom of the ED barrel. It is a preview of the heart attack to come. Clean the arteries plaque WITHOUT drugs, everything then will work. Dr. Mike

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      Dawn Michael 

      8 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      great information, I am going to put this in my hub on eating healthy and sex. Writen very well

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      Natalie Bonanski 

      8 years ago

      I believe that red meats should be avoided when trying to cure ED symptoms naturally, as the fat and cholesterol content may play a part in the symptoms.


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