- Antioxidants. You’ve probably heard a lot about these from your doctor (or wife). Think bright colors: eggplants, grapes, carrots, etc. One of the best fruits for ED is watermelon. In fact, it’s been called, “Nature’s Viagra” because it can increase your sex drive and help get blood to your penis.
- Flavonoids. This is the benefit of dark chocolate that everyone’s talking about. Flavanoids are known to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
- Lycopene. Most notably found in tomatoes and pink grapefruit, lycopene may help reduce ED by increasing circulation. To maximize absorption, eat your tomatoes with some oily good fats, like olive oil and avocados. Now you’ve got an excuse to eat more salsa and guacamole!
- Nitrates. Did you know that most modern ED drugs are based on the effects of natural nitrates—such as those found in beets, collard greens and spinach? The nitrates in those vegetables relax the blood vessels that help get the penis hard, so don’t push that Swiss chard to the side of your plate; it might help you in the bedroom!
- Zinc. Getting back to the oyster comment, there’s a reason they’re known as an aphrodisiac. Along with other shellfish, oysters are high in zinc, which is involved in testosterone production. (Men with low testosterone frequently suffer from ED.)
When in doubt, reach for dark chocolate over milk chocolate, seafood over greasy hamburgers, and colorful fruits and vegetables instead of French fries. Don’t let anybody tell you that your erectile dysfunction is all in your head. If it were, ED drugs like Viagra, Levitra and Cialis wouldn’t work any better than therapy.