Fruit and vegetables and, in moderation, chocolate, coffee and red wine. Foods with flavonoids and other antioxidant compounds are a panacea for health, and an extra defence for our sex lives. A study conducted by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki scientists tested the effects of a diet rich in flavonoids on the incidence of erectile dysfunction. The study was based on an online questionnaire given to 422 men aged between 18 and 40 years.
The results, which were published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, showed that men suffering from erectile dysfunction were those who, on average, consumed a lower monthly amount of flavonoids (2.18 grams less than healthy men). Only 50 milligrams of flavonoids per day are needed and this is an easy-to-reach amount for those who follow a diet based around the five daily portions of fruit which is recommended for healthy ageing. It is unclear why flavonoids could help to counter erectile dysfunction. Researchers hypothesise that antioxidants protect against cardiovascular diseases which erectile dysfunction is an early symptom.