NUTRITION&FOOD Published May25, 2015 By Milafel Hope Dacanay

It’s Coffee for Men with Erectile Dysfunction

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Dear men, are you suffering from erectile dysfunction? While this one is not the cure to everything, drinking coffee may reduce the symptoms and improve your sexual life.

A new study published in PLOS ONE shows how coffee, or its major component called caffeine, can help in controlling erectile dysfunction, one of the most common sexual problems and sources of infertility in men especially in the United States. In recent data, at least 15 million young men have it. The figures tend to grow as men's ages increase. There are still thousands of men who remain undiagnosed.

In this study, close to 4,000 men answered a questionnaire that asked about their lifestyle including their diet and exercise. Their consumption of fluids such as tea, alcohol, and coffee has also been monitored. Lastly, they were questioned about their sexual health issues, primarily erectile dysfunction.

Based on the analyses of the answers of the participants, there's a significant pattern that suggests men who drink coffee are less likely to suffer or develop erectile dysfunction. It's more pronounced among men who drank between 85mg and 170mg of coffee per day, in which the risks are reduced by 42%. Meanwhile, drinking at least 2 cups of coffee a day can also have some effect, a reduction of 39%.

But how does coffee, or caffeine, help reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction? The answer is in the increased blood flow into the blood vessels surrounding the penile area. When a man is aroused, a generous amount of blood flows into the penile area.

Many studies have already connected caffeine with cardiovascular health. It can help decrease blood pressure and the chances of suffering from stroke. Moderate consumption of coffee doesn't increase the risk of heart disease in both men and women but rather delays or decreases it.

In terms of erectile dysfunction, according to this brand-new research, it seems that caffeine also works on the arteries and muscles of the penile region. By relaxing this section, there's a bigger space for the blood to flow.  

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