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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common complaint for men, particularly in the over-40s. About half of all 40-70 year olds will experience some erectile dysfunction issues. If you're suffering, don't feel you are alone. There are various treatments available to help if you are struggling to get or maintain an erection.
There are many reasons for ED, including psychological factors, obesity and diabetes, but Harvard University have also discovered that a deficiency in vitamin B12 can stop your penis performing.
B vitamins are used in cell metabolism and in the production of blood - and what does an erection rely on? That's right. Good. Blood. Flow.
Here are some foods that may help you recover your penis power.
Pretty much all seafood is high in B vitamins - but clams rock the B12. They're also high in L-arginine and amino acids that aid blood vessel relaxation and promotes blood flow. L-arginine is found in many over-the-counter erection remedies.
Don't like seafood? How about fish? It's not quite the same thing despite all coming from the ocean/rivers.
Salmon is full of B12 and other great stuff like omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6 and masses of protein, all good food for the healthy man. If possible, choose wild salmon as farmed fish is full of chemicals. Plus, it's more environmentally sound.
Fortified cereal is a food group that everyone should eat, but not Coco Pops. We're talking about All Bran or Bran Flakes; healthy grown up cereals, not sugary rubbish that rots your teeth and makes you obese.
Cereal also contains whole grains if you choose right, which lower high cholesterol, another ED culprit. Blocked-up cholesterol-packed arteries equal no blood to Percy Penis and no sex for you.
Want a beefcake sex life? Then eat up your beef, not bad-news burgers but a low-fat steak option. Leave off the chips and add some asparagus or broccoli. If you choose a low-fat cut you'll reap the B12 penis benefits.
Sick of all this meat and fish? Greek yogurt is a great diet aid because is literally stuffed full of protein and is fat-free if you pick up the right tub. It has to be Greek though, not Greek-style.
It keeps your weight down, and it's got 20% of your B12 in a tub. There's a good splash of potassium too that'll boost your penis. Get down boy!
Feeling full of vitamin B12 and protein? Top it up with a berry dessert. A new study from the University of East Anglia and Harvard studied 50,000 eating and erection habits over 30 years. They found that a diet rich in flavonoids led to fewer erection problems.
The top foods, which contained anthocyanins compounds, were:
A high intake of these foods led to a 14% decrease in ED. Those who exercised reduced their risk by 21%. Experts says it's because flavonoids improve blood flow around the body.
Red Wine. Seriously, red wine can reduce has flavonoids that can reduce the risk of ED, it's true. After all, wine is made from fruit. It's practically one of your seven a day.