When it comes to common human afflictions that may be potentially embarrassing to talk about, it is normal for people to look to quick fixes that involve non-medicine or “natural” routes -- including items from your kitchen.
As it turns out, pistachios may fit the bill of foods that seem to have the potential to lend a hand in the bedroom for men struggling in that department.
Below, we will cover if eating pistachios may help with ED, what the studies say on the matter, review the benefits of nuts in general for sexual health, and give you some tips on how to work more nuts into your regular diet.
According to some research, there may be some benefits to eating pistachios every day if you are struggling with ED.
In one 2011 study, 17 men with high cholesterol and erectile dysfunction were directed to eat 100g of pistachio nuts along with their lunch every day. They also took a self-reported erectile function questionnaire and had their cholesterol levels evaluated before and after the 3-week experiment. At the end of the trial period, the erectile function questionnaires displayed significant improvements in ED symptoms, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels were decreased, and HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels were increased as compared to baseline. No adverse effects were noted in participants.
This was a small-scale, uncontrolled study, but the results seem promising.
Pistachios are high in antioxidants and are known to be a heart-healthy addition to your diet. Pistachios are considered good for the heart due to improvements in vascular health and decreased inflammation. This is almost important when it comes to thinking about erectile health, since it is the health of the small vessels in the penis that allows for increased blood flow and vascular relaxation at the right time.
Additionally, as potentially displayed in the 2011 study above, pistachios may be able to improve cholesterol levels. Since high cholesterol is a known risk factor for ED development, getting your cholesterol under control may lead to improvements in the bedroom as well.
Since many nuts are considered heart-healthy, the erectile benefits of pistachios may not lay with only that particular green nut. So, if you simply are not a fan of pistachios, you may want to try your luck with some mixed nuts instead.
In one controlled study, 83 men who generally followed a standard western diet with few fruits and vegetables were divided into two groups. One group was asked to not change up their diet at all, and the treatment group was asked to only adjust their diet by including 60g of mixed nuts daily. All participants took an erectile function questionnaire and had their NO and E-selectin values measured both before and after the 14-week trial. At the end of the study, there were no differences in the NO or E-selectin measurements between the two groups. But, the mixed nut group reported significant improvements in orgasmic function and sexual desire as compared to baseline, whereas the no-nut group did not.
Even if you are not a fan of snacking on nuts plain, straight out of your hand, there are still plenty of ways to increase your nut intake.
Ways to include nuts in your diet:
There is not a lot of information on pistachios and ED, but the information that we do have is pointing in the direction of them being beneficial to some degree for erectile functioning.
Pistachios contain antioxidants that are great for heart health and vascular function, and that may equate to improved penile vascular health, too. Pistachios may also improve your cholesterol profile. So, since high cholesterol levels can be a big culprit behind ED, anything that helps improve your cholesterol may equate to ED improvements as well.
These vascular improvements might also be conveyed by other nuts as well, as demonstrated by studies looking into a daily serving of mixed nuts.
There should be no negative effects from including a moderate amount of pistachios or nuts in your daily diet. So, if you want to give it a try for your ED symptoms, there is no reason not to. However, if your doctor has asked you to avoid nuts for any reason, or if you are allergic to nuts, you should not give this a try.
Including pistachios or other nuts in your diet may be a good addition to an erectile health regimen. But, it is unclear as of right now just how far nuts can improve ED symptoms, and many men may still need to use prescription medication to help out.
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Then, your medication will be shipped to your front door with our free shipping. And, if you want to combine your ED medication treatment with a handful of pistachios every day -- go nuts!