Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RNOne of the top selling drugs of all time is Viagra. Can good old caffeine actually give it a little competition?
Perhaps so, if you take the results of a recent study into consideration.
Researchers from Texas found that caffeine intake was associated with a lower risk of erectile dysfunction.
The results were published in the journal, PLOS ONE.
Caffeine Associated With 42% Lower Risk of Erectile DysfunctionErectile dysfunction is often the result of poor circulation. Smoking, diabetes, obesity, and advanced age are common culprits.
For the study, scientists sampled data from 3,724 men. Information was collected to estimate caffeine intake and potential issues with erectile dysfunction.
Compared to the men with little caffeine intake (0-7 mg), those who drank the equivalent of 85 to 170 milligrams of caffeine were 42% less likely to report erectile dysfunction. In addition, those who consumed 171 to 303 mg (the amount typically found in 2-3 cups of coffee) were 39% less likely to report the condition.1
Beneficial results were even seen for obese men and those diagnosed with hypertension, but the relationship did not hold true for diabetics.
Caffeine increases blood flow to the penis by relaxing muscle tissue and a network of arteries that provide blood flow to the penis. Previous studies suggested that caffeine may help to prevent impotence.2
Arginine and Carnitine Also Support Sexual HealthBesides caffeine, there are a number of nutrients shown to support sexual function in men. Some of these include carnitine, icariin, and arginine.
Arginine, an amino acid found in meat, enhances the amount of nitric oxide produced by the human body. This in turn increases penile blood flow, a mechanism similar to how Viagra works.
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- PLoS One. 2015 Apr 28;10(4):e0123547.
- J Androl. 2008 Sep-Oct;29(5):586-91.
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