Berries help counter erectile dysfunction, say researchers

Compounds found some berries appear to reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction in men, according to a new study by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard University in the US.

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Carried out by nutrition departments at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and UEA's Norwich Medical School, the population study tracked more than 50,000 middle-aged men's ability to have and maintain an erection sufficient for intercourse since 1986, with data on dietary intake also collected every four years.

It looked at the role of a range of compounds called flavonoids, of which anthocyanins, found particularly in berry fruit, and also flavanones and flavones, found in citrus fruits, were found to be most effective.

It concluded that a higher total fruit intake was associated with a 14 per cent reduction in the risk of erectile dysfunction, and claimed that eating a flavonoid-rich diet is as good for erectile function as briskly walking for up to five hours a week.

Lead researcher Professor Aedin Cassidy of UEA said: "This is the first study to look at the association between flavonoids and erectile dysfunction, which affects up to half of all middle-aged and older men. Those who regularly consumed foods high in these flavonoids were 10 per cent less likely to suffer erectile dysfunction. In terms of quantities, we're talking just a few portions a week."

Dr Eric Rimm, senior author on the study and a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, added: "Men with erectile dysfunction are likely to be highly motivated to make healthier lifestyle choices, such as exercising more and eating the right foods – which would greatly benefit their long-term cardiovascular health as well."

The results are published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


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