Food for Penile Health
Apple Peels: apples are great all-round but the peels, in particular, have a compound called ursolic acid. Ursolic acid has been shown to stop the growth of prostate cancer by starving the cells.
Avocados: The Aztecs named the avocado “testicle tree” and they were right. Containing vitamin E and zinc both of which have positive effects on sex drive and fertility. Zinc increases free testosterone in the body while vitamin e improves sperm quality. Imagine the sperm count on these millennials with their avo toast.
Carrots: Containing carotenoids, responsible for the colour orange in carrots, this also improves male fertility and sperm quality and mobility.
Coffee: Caffeine has been shown to improve blood flow by relaxing penile arteries and muscles, leading to a much stronger erection. If you're not a fan of coffee get your caffeine fix from matcha instead.
Chilli: Not only does it spice up your food, but it can also heat up the bedroom. Studies have found that men who consume spicy foods have higher than average testosterone levels. This doesn’t mean it gives capsaicin increases testosterone, but it does release endorphins, which makes you feel good.
Oats: Not the sexiest of foods, but oats help reach orgasm due to the amino acid L-arginine. This has also been used to treat erectile dysfunction. Similar to viagra, L-arginine helps relax penile blood vessels which is essential to maintaining erection and reaching orgasm. Wild oats, (Avena Sativa) are considered an aphrodisiac.
Olive Oil: Men who replace butter with olive oil while following a Mediterranean diet saw serious improvements in their sexual health. It leads some scientists to state that olive oil might be more effective than viagra when it comes to fighting sexual dysfunction. Being a polyunsaturated fat, it as cardio-protective effects, meaning its good for the heart and penis.
Oysters: This one has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, but there is no evidence to prove its effect on your sex drive. What they do help with, however, is keeping a hard erection. Oysters contain more Zinc than any other food. This also helps support libido and sperm production.
Salmon: Being one of the most nutrient-dense foods we know of on this planet, salmon is particularly good for you and your penis. One study found antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties linked to omega-3 fatty acids helps prevent CVOD a leading cause in erectile dysfunction. Other omega-3 rich fish include mackerel and sardines, if you’re not a fan of fish leafy greens, walnuts and hemp seeds are great replacements.
Spinach: a super source of folate and known to boost blood flow. It also increases folic acid which plays a critical role in male sexual function and combating erectile dysfunction alongside containing magnesium which helps stimulate blood flow and has been shown to boost testosterone levels.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are high in lycopene which prevents prostate cancer. They are beneficial to male fertility and sperm quality as they improve sperm concentration, mobility and morphology.
Foods that are back for your sexual health:
Saturated or trans fats: deep-fried, cold cuts, bacon.
High sodium: Red meats, pizza or burritos
Sugary and Processed Foods: Obesity is linked to erectile dysfunction, which is a great reason to avoid fatty foods such as soda, excess sugar and packaged products
Alcohol, smoking or stress: a healthy body and mind make for a sexually healthy body.