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Heart and Erection Health Depend on Adequate Folic Acid Intake

Various healthy foods on a table, broccoli, shrimp, spinach, pears and peanuts.

Pictured here are some of the foods that contain high levels of folic acid.

Eating a diet rich in folic acid, also known as folate, helps to promote healthy vascular function, which in turn supports heart health and robust erectile function. This micronutrient, a member of the B family of vitamins, helps to break down and eliminate from the body excess levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that at elevated levels increases the threat of cardiovascular disease.

According to WebMD.com, elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood increase the risk of blood clots and atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis results from a gradual buildup of fatty plaques on the inner walls of arteries, which over time can sharply reduce the amount of blood those arteries can carry.

Good for Heart, Good for Penis

As many doctors have observed, what’s good for the heart is also good for the penis, and vice-versa. In fact, the arteries that supply the penis are smaller than those that feed the heart and brain. As a result, the arteries that carry blood to the pelvic region almost always get clogged up before those that supply the heart and brain, making erectile dysfunction an early warning of more serious cardiovascular health issues in the future.

However, in the best of all possible worlds, it would be preferable to avoid ED as well as a possible heart attack or stroke. Although eating foods high in folic acid alone probably won’t do the job, it certainly is a step in the right direction. The recommended daily intake of the micronutrient is 400 micrograms. Foods high in folic acid include beans, breads (preferably whole grain), cereals, citrus fruits and their juices, and leafy green vegetables such as spinach, pasta, and rice.

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