Coffee is our lifeblood. It makes us alert in the morning, it sparks conversation in the afternoon, it helps artists create, but for men, it might have another bonus benefit – it reduces the risk of erectile dysfunction (ED).
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston shows that drinking just two cups of coffee per day can reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction by as much as 42 percent.
More is not better however as drinking three cups of coffee per day can reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction by only 39 percent. So, you know, don’t go overdosing on coffee.
The ideal quantity of coffee a man should be drinking daily is 85 to 170 milligrams.
As with all good things, there is an addendum. There was no difference between participants who were physically fit and participants who were obese, between participants with high blood pressure and participants with good blood pressure. But, if you happen to suffer from diabetes, an increase in coffee intake won’t help improve your sex life.
Dr. David Lopez, lead author and assistant professor at UTHealth School of Public Health, gave a statement explaining that “Even though we saw a reduction in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction with men who were obese, overweight and hypertensive, that was not true of men with diabetes. Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for erectile dysfunction, so this was not surprising”.
Dr. Natan Bar-Chama, director of Male Reproductive Medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital, agrees with what Dr. Lopez and his team concluded. He gave a statement saying that their findings are also supported by the latest position of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which states that drinking three to five cups a day reduces the risk of type two diabetes and heart disease. These are two conditions that have been well established as being significant risk factors for erectile dysfunction.
For their study, published last month in the journal PLOS ONE, the researches looked at roughly 4.000 men that were tracked by the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants had to answer question relating to their caffeine intake from the prior 24 hours. They took into account coffee, as well as tea, soda and sports drinks.
The theory that the experts reached is that caffeine most likely relaxes certain arteries and muscles in the penis, improving blood flow, along with the ability to have an erection.
The study seems to be generally praised by the scientific community, as Dr. David Samadi, chair of urology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, backs up the theory by saying that although more research is needed, what scientists think is happening here is that coffee and caffeine are causing cavernous smooth muscle tissue commonly found in the penis to relax. This allows more blood flow to the area and leads to improved erectile function.
According to a statistic used in the study, erectile dysfunction affects more than 18 percent of American men, with some of them being as young as 20.
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