Although there a number of treatments available, if you only experience occasional erectile dysfunction (ED) – you can treat it at home without any medical intervention.

According to a Health24 report, ED can be treated at home with a proper diet.

Dr Zakariyya Patel of Pelonomi Hospital Complex in Bloemfontein told the site that although certain foods may assist with ED, it is often based on individual accounts and these foods can be labelled as aphrodisiacs, and although some people may swear by their effects, there is no medical evidence that any one specific food can cure ED.

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Certain foods may increase sexual desire to a certain extent.

The study conducted by Harvard University and the University of East Anglia also found that a diet full of flavonoid-rich foods – mainly red wine, red, blue and purple berries, cranberries and red grapes – aids in reducing the risk of ED.

These foods may increase your sexual desire:

  • Berries, as well as citrus fruits, contain chemicals that are associated with a decreased risk of ED
  • Dark chocolate increases the level of dopamine, the “pleasure hormone” in the body
  • Coffee, study suggests that caffeine relaxes certain muscles and arteries in the penis, increasing blood flow and helping maintain an erection
  • Oysters contain zinc and assist with sperm mobility
  • Red wine relaxes the arteries and increases blood flow to the genitals (it contains the same biochemicals found in berries and citrus fruits.)

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Patel told the site that your lifestyle has an impact as well and studies have shown that men who exercise more have better sexual and erectile functions.

Additional source: Health24