Step aside, little blue pill: The little blue berry is here. According to a January 2016 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating berries and citrus fruits might reduce men's risk of erectile dysfunction (ED).
Researchers from the University of East Anglia and Harvard University asked 25,000 healthy middle-aged men about their diets, and about their ability to have and maintain an erection. The study followed up with these men every four years, and also relied on historical data from 1986. The study was limited because it focused on mostly white men who worked in health professions, so it's not representative of everyone, but it still shows a fascinating link between diet and sexual health.
As the study progressed, 35.6 percent of the men developed ED. But men who had a diet rich in three specific ingredients — anthocyanins, flavones, and flavanones — were less likely to suffer from the condition. In America, these ingredients are found in strawberries, blueberries, apples, pears, citrus fruits, and red wine. According to the researchers, eating a flavonoid-rich diet is as good for preventing ED as walking briskly for five hours a week. And combining both practices reduces men's risk even further.
The benefits were strongest among younger men, but the researchers say eating these fruits can help people at any age — especially considering those foods boost heart health, too. Berries and wine are also two key components of the MIND diet, which helps to fight dementia and keep the brain healthy. So stock up on some fruit salad and cabernet — it's good for your mind, body, and sex life.