Here’s some juicy news: Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, blueberries, cherries and blackberries can really keep your juices flowing, guys! It turns out that a diet rich in those tasty treats, as well as black currants and radishes, delivers a good dose of circulation-lovin’ phytochemicals called anthocyanins, flavanones and flavones.
A new study of 50,000 men from the University of East Anglia and Harvard University published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a higher total fruit intake was associated with a 14 percent reduction in the risk of erectile dysfunction. They also say that consuming a mix of flavonoid-rich foods is as good for maintaining healthy erectile function as briskly walking for up to five hours a week. But, add exercise to that phytochemical-rich diet, and you reduce the risk of ED by 21 percent. (Just think what doing our recommended 10,000 steps a day can do!) The benefits were strongest among guys under 70 -- or, we’d add, guys whose RealAge is under 70!
So get out that blender. A Berry Orange Smoothie combines 1 cup nonfat or low-fat vanilla soy milk; 1 cup frozen and/or fresh blueberries, blackberries and/or raspberries; 1 medium ripe banana; 1/2 cup orange juice with one ice cube or 1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate.
Add some Green Power to the mix with a blend of fresh or frozen berries and citrus; nonfat Greek yogurt; kale; unsweetened almond/soy milk and a little flaxseed. That’s a nutritional ED-ucation that’ll keep the juices flowin’.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.