In recent years, a great deal of attention has been focused on the benefits of eating a “Mediterranean diet.” Studies have indicated that such a diet does tend to have good overall health benefits, but what about penis health? Is that impacted by following the Mediterranean way?
Explaining the Mediterranean diet
Many people have heard of the Mediterranean diet, but some don’t know exactly what is meant by this term. Essentially, the diet means following a food plan similar to that which developed naturally in the Mediterranean region of the world.
According to the Mayo Clinic, such a diet typically has these features:
– A heavy reliance on plant-based foods (not just fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, legumes and whole grains)
– Using olive oil (or another low-fat oil) instead of butter when cooking
– Favoring herbs and spices over salt
– Limiting red meat, and choosing fish or poultry at least twice a week
In addition, many people choose to include red wine (in moderation) as part of a Mediterranean diet.
Studies have shown that following such a diet tends to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as lower bad cholesterol levels.
But what about penis health? Does the Mediterranean diet have an impact in this all-important area? According to some doctors, yes.
As indicated above, this kind of diet is especially good for cardiac issues, and a healthy heart has a direct impact on penis health. For example, erectile function is largely dependent upon the ability of the heart to pump a proper supply of blood to the penis. When the heart is in better shape, it is better able to do this.
Fruits and vegetables tend to be kind to the heart, and there are some items that, due to their high flavonoid content, are especially good for keeping blood pumping. These include blueberries, citrus fruit, apples and pears. Red wine (again, in moderation) is also thought to be a plus in this area.
But what is the body is willing but the spirit is weak? If low sex drive is an issue, it’s likely that the Mediterranean diet can help provide a boost here as well. (As with any sexual health challenge, there can of course be multiple causes, so dietary alterations alone may not completely address the problem.) Bananas and watermelon are among the foods that can be helpful in this regard.
Penile sensitivity is a key factor in how much pleasure a man derives from sex, so keeping that sensitivity sharp and clear by protecting nerve function is advised. Omega-3 fatty acids have significant nerve benefits, so eating foods rich in this ingredient, such as salmon, is essential.
Keeping testosterone levels up also aids penis health, and the diet can help here as well. Oysters, tuna, avocados and bananas are some of the taste sensations that can help increase testosterone.
There are many aspects of the Mediterranean diet that recommend it to men interested …