How does the consumption of olive oil affect sexual performance?
It has been known for a long time that the so-called Mediterranean diet has positive effects on human health. Researchers have now found that Mediterranean food can significantly improve a man's sexual performance. A weekly dose of olive oil could even be more effective than Viagra.
The University of Athens scientists found in their current research that olive oil can increase male sexual performance. The doctors presented the results of their study at the congress of the European Society of Cardiology in Munich.
What does olive oil consumption do?
Consuming olive oil leads to a whole host of health benefits, including keeping blood vessels healthy and maintaining blood flow throughout the body, the experts explain. Apparently, it can even improve men's sexual performance.
Study included 660 subjects
For their study, the scientists examined 660 men with an average age of 67 years. The results of the study showed that people who ate a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables, legumes, fish and nuts, and olive oil experienced a tremendous improvement in their sexual performance. Olive oil can also help significantly increase testosterone levels, which reduces the risk of erectile dysfunction, doctors say.
Many men experience erectile problems in old age
According to the NHS, one in five British men over the age of 40 have erectile problems, equivalent to 4.3 million men across the UK, the scientists explain. Fatigue, fear and excessive consumption of alcohol are just a few of the factors that contribute to this.
Men should exercise more and pay attention to healthy eating
Diet and exercise are key to improving the sexual performance of middle-aged men and the elderly, says study author Dr. Christina Chrysohoou from the University of Athens. If men adhere to a Mediterranean diet and consume a lot of olive oil, this will reduce the risk of impotence in old age by up to 40 percent. The alternative Viagra is currently available over the counter in the UK, but the drug may cause side effects such as headache, back pain, and vision problems.
Viagra itself does not improve in the long term
The Mediterranean diet keeps blood vessels healthy and lowers, for example, the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. The change in diet is a long-term solution to improve sexual performance without taking drugs like Viagra, the experts emphasize. Viagra itself does not lead to any improvement in the long term. The drug has only a short-term effect on sexual performance. (as)