Citizen Reporter
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22 Nov 2021
4:49 pm

Plant-based diet can prevent erectile dysfunction, studies show

Citizen Reporter

A plant-based diet is not just better for the heart but also good for men's sex life and testosterone levels.

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A plant-based diet is good for men’s sexual health, according to new studies. Men at risk for erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer can beat the odds if they switch to a plant-based diet.

The latest research, published in the American Journal of Urology, studied more than 47,000 men on varying diets over a 28-year period.

They concluded that plant-based diets were associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer and a decreased chance of erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.

While erection difficulty from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, persistent erectile dysfunction can cause stress, affect self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems.

“These three studies show that dietary interventions can make positive impacts for overall health, as well as specific urologic conditions faced by millions of men,” said study author, Dr Stacy Loeb.

“Increased consumption of a healthy plant-based diet has significant benefits for urologic and sexual health.”

“We believe [plant-based diets] should be recommended for men who are concerned about the risks of prostate cancer,” Loeb added.

Another study author Dr Ranjith Ramasamy, added: “We are on the cusp of figuring out how healthy living with decreased animal protein and more of a plant-based diet with more vegetables and fruits is not just better for your heart but also good for men’s health conditions, including sex life and testosterone levels.”

International health expert, Maria Ascencao, said research showed men are more likely to choose red meat, poultry and bread over fruits and vegetables – which may lead to a lack of key nutrients.

“Studies show that a diet rich in nutritious foods and low in processed and refined foods with high sugars is not only associated with reduced erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer risk but also has many other health benefits.”

In addition to a healthy diet, Ascencao suggests exercising regularly, managing stress and selecting high-quality supplements with proven absorption, including:

  • Purest Omega 3, a leading potent omega 3 supplement which may help improve heart and brain health and lower the risk of chronic disease.
  • Biomax Magnesium, a highly absorbable magnesium supplement which may help to improve blood pressure, bone and heart health.
  • Origine 8, an innovative SA green tea extract, shown to help protect against free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
  • Biomax Vitamin C Liposomal for improved health and immunity.

Compiled by Narissa Subramoney