A 10-year study with over 25,000 participants published in the most recent issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that a diet high in flavinoid-rich foods, such as fruit, can reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction.
For the study, researchers “conducted a prospective study among 25,096 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Total flavonoid and subclass intakes were calculated from food-frequency questionnaires collected every 4 y. Participants rated their erectile function in 2000 (with historical reporting from 1986) and again in 2004 and 2008.”
During 10-year follow up period, 35.6% of participants reported experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED). However, researchers found that a higher intake of flavanones, anthocyanins, and flavones was “significantly associated with a reduction in risk of ED” in men under 70 (a “11–16% reduction in risk”). In food-based analysis, “higher total intake of fruit, a major source of anthocyanins and flavanones, was associated with a 14% reduction in risk of ED”.
The study concludes; “These data suggest that a higher habitual intake of specific flavonoid-rich foods is associated with reduced ED incidence. Intervention trials are needed to further examine the impact of increasing intakes of commonly consumed flavonoid-rich foods on men’s health. ”
The full study can be found by clicking here.