Getting it up: three words that will come with a lot of pressure. Sometimes, problems with your erection aren’t exactly your fault. Genetics and certain health conditions – say, diabetes or heart disease – can make it hard to get hard, since problems that affect your blood vessels can run in families.
Plus, while erectile dysfunction can hit guys at any age, the older you get, the higher your likelihood of having a dodgy cock. Still, many of the factors that affect your penis health and your performance in the bedroom are under your control. And even if you are prone to poor penis health due to things you can’t really change, you can boost your chances of having a better erection by focusing on these three things that you can tweak.
Wake up with coffee
Your beverage of choice in the morning can play a role in how well you perform in the bedroom later that night. Research from the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston found that men who consumed the caffeine equivalent of 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day were less likely to report erectile dysfunction issues than guys who steered clear of the stimulant.
The study authors say that caffeine has properties similar to erectile dysfunction medication. The stimulant helps the arteries in your penis to relax and your blood flow to increase – both factors necessary for a strong erection.
Eat berries, oranges, red wine, apples and pears
According to a study from the UK of over 25,000 men, those who ate more than three servings a week of berries, oranges, red wines and apples, were 19% less likely to develop erectile dysfunction over the 10 years follow up period than men who didn’t eat them. Researchers suggest that compounds called flavonoids, which are abundant in these foods, can improve blood flow by making your arteries more flexible, in turn helping your member, the study authors told us.
Skip the nightcap
Booze might make you feel like you are a sex machine, but your penis will tell you differently. That is because alcohol messes with the nerve function that creates an erection. It’s also a depressant, which means by the time you’ll think your roaring and ready to go, you will actually be exhausted.