9 Erection Foods that Work Like Magic for Blood Flow
By Ali Kuoppala | Last reviewed Tue 25 September 2018
Medical Review by Dr. Stefano Pizzo, MD
Many are quick to pull the trigger on the doctor’s prescribed solutions such as Viagra or Cialis rather than seeking out natural erection foods that can alleviate erectile problems, but the honest truth is that neither one of those will fix the underlying problems causing the weakened erections. Sure they work in most cases, but it’s always good to remember that they deliver a chemical erection which your body still cannot naturally produce.
What if you forget the blue pill somewhere right before the big bang? Wouldn’t it be better if your diet, training, and lifestyle habits were in check so you would not have to resort into pharmaceutical solutions with something as natural as sex?
In this article, you’ll discover nine scientifically proven erection foods that will naturally help you overcome erectile dysfunction and get back the lost mojo…
9 Natural Foods For ED
…Use these erection foods as you want – regardless – they’ve proven to work:
There’s animal research suggesting that garlic can significantly increase testosterone levels, which is a necessary hormone for libido and erectile quality. Another benefit seen in studies with garlic is a reduction in inflammation, lowered blood pressure, and increased nitric oxide output.
In fact, garlic directly activates the eNOS system of the human body, which is the nitric oxide synthase enzyme that triggers your body to produce nitric oxide, a molecule widening arteries and improving blood flow.
Garlic consumption has also been shown in humans to be more potent at reducing blood pressure than most pharmaceutical solutions, needless to say, that this is beneficial for erectile quality, as high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of ED.
One interesting human study showed that when garlic extract is combined with high-dose vitamin C supplement, the increases in nitric oxide (+200%) along with drops in systolic (-27mm/Hg) and diastolic (-15mm/Hg) blood pressure are massive.
2. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C and as you can see from the study above when combined with garlic they can provide very significant reductions in blood pressure, as well as increases in the artery-relaxing nitric oxide.
A study of 805 Finnish men aged between 65-84 years old actually showed that those men with the highest intake of flavonoids (including quercetin) were found to have a 68% smaller chance of dying from coronary heart disease (remember, a healthy vascular system is key for healthy erectile function).
Another beneficial effect of quercetin is largely related to its ability to lower “bad” LDL-cholesterol while simultaneously increasing the “good” HDL-cholesterol.
With the punch-packing combination of vitamin C and quercetin it’s no wonder that this study noted 14% reduction in erectile dysfunction among men with a high fruit intake, the number rose to 21% with exercise + fruit consumption.
The rumors say that Casanova ate 50 oysters for breakfast to keep his libido up, that might only be a legend, but there’s some truth to the aphrodisiac effect of this tasty seafood.
There isn’t any research about oysters being an erection food that directly affects vascular function or blood flow, however, they’re packed with zinc, magnesium, selenium, copper, and vitamin D. All of which are crucial for healthy testosterone production.
Testosterone is vital for erectile quality, in a way that without it, you wouldn’t desire any action in the first place.
Luckily oysters are among the best foods to increase testosterone levels naturally, and even if you’re no Casanova, you should still eat some.
Beets are nothing short of a cardiovascular system super-hero, as they’re jam-packed with natural nitrates, compounds which convert to nitritines via the bacteria in your tongue, and eventually into nitric oxide in your gut.
The more you consume nitrate-rich foods, the more nitric oxide gets released into your bloodstream, and luckily, beets are one of the foods with highest natural nitrate content. For this reason, beets are one of the best foods that improve erectile function.
It’s no wonder that supplement industries have caught up to the benefits of beets and many now include beetroot extract in their pre-workout supplements. More nitric oxide -> increased blood flow -> better muscle pumps.
Blueberries are incredibly dense in just the right nutrients for improving erectile quality naturally. Their antioxidant content is impressive, but more importantly, they also contain the erection boosting flavonoids and phenols;
Not so surprisingly, daily blueberry consumption has been associated with a decline in blood pressure and arterial stiffness, as well as improving the health of the contractile machinery of the vascular smooth muscle tissue.
Blueberries are tasty and can be easily incorporated into many foods and desserts, you can also blend these bad-boys with some beets and other nitrate-dense foods to make a natural pro-circulation smoothie.
6. Nitrate-Rich Leafy Greens
As it was already declared in the beet-subheading above, dietary nitrates convert into nitritines by the tongue bacteria and later on in the gut, the bacteria down there converts the nitritines into active nitric oxide.
This in result relaxes arteries and allows the blood to circulate better, making leafy greens an ideal food for harder erections.
Many types of leafy green lettuce are also high in nitrates, including (but not limited to);
- Butter leaf
- Beet greens
- Swiss chard
Nitrate-dense leafy greens are one of the best foods for erectile health that you can consume on a daily basis… not to mention is it a seriously cheap option as well!.
7. Raw Dark Chocolate
You may have seen the bold headlines of chocolate being heart-healthy and possibly increasing lifespan.
These articles, however, are often click-bait and incredibly misleading as they often fail to mention that the type of chocolate associated with these benefits is raw (unheated) dark chocolate, with high cacao percentage. NOT the sugary, low cacao %, heated stuff that has already lost most of the beneficial flavonoid antioxidants.
Raw cacao products (affiliate link), are among the healthiest and most nutritious foods you can consume, and they can be considered an optimal food for harder erections too:
- Raw chocolate naturally increases nitric oxide output.
- Raw cocoa consumption can reliably produce a 5-10 point reduction in blood pressure.
- Raw cacao can double the number of cells necessary for healthy vascular wall function.
8. Chili Peppers
All of the chili peppers have varying doses of capsaicin, an alkaloid responsible for the ‘heating’ effect of them.
Capsaicin has been extensively studied for its nitric oxide boosting, circulation enhancing, and blood pressure dropping effects (study, study, study, study) and if you observe your vascularity after eating a food laden with chili peppers, you should see a notable improvement in vascularity (if you’re lean and have visible veins that are).
If you’re looking for a capsaicin rich recipe, check out the testosterone boosting lamb stew on this article.
Pomegranates might be the best thing to ever happen to your erection strength and testosterone levels, and yes, I’m seriously over here. The description “natural viagra” isn’t too far off from this fruit.
If we take a look at some of the pomegranate research, you quickly see why this antioxidant-rich fruit is like a godsend to hormonal health and circulation.
In an Israeli study, long-term (up to 3 years) daily consumption of pomegranate juice was associated with;
- 30% reduction in arterial plaque.
- Significantly increased nitric oxide levels and drops in blood pressure.
- The increased amount of cells responsible for healthy arterial wall function.
- Reductions in the “bad” LDL-cholesterol and its rate of degradation by oxidization.
Furthermore, another human study has shown that pomegranate juice consumption increased testosterone levels by 24% on average. What a fruit I’d say…
Conclusion on Erectile Dysfunction Foods
If including these nine natural foods for ED into your daily diet doesn’t provide any benefits to erection quality… feel free to drop me a note on the forum and I’ll eat my hat.
The combination of these natural erection foods, natural testosterone optimization, and basic lifestyle improvements (more sleep, weight loss, proper training) should normalize erection function – heck supercharge it – in the majority of men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED).