High consumption of flavonoids, particularly through fruit, is associated with a lower risk of erectile dysfunction, according to data from a long study of 10 years and 25,000 men.
Flavonoids, antioxidants of the polyphenol category, have already been associated with a reduced risk of many pathologies, particularly in the cardiovascular field. However, it is precisely the vascular which constitutes the predominant factor of erectile dysfunction.
It was therefore time to cross-reference these two data, which was carried out on a cohort of no less than 25,096 men enrolled in the Professionals Follow-Up Study in the United States.
More fruit, less erection problems
The cohort was followed for 10 years, after which the prevalence of erectile dysfunction was 35.6%. Multivariate analysis including, among others, adjustment for several classical cardiovascular risk factors, indicates that several subclasses of flavonoids, in particular flavones, flavanones and anthocyanins, are associated with a lower incidence of erectile dysfunction. .
A risk of erectile dysfunction reduced by 14%
The inverse association between flavonoids and erectile dysfunction remains statistically significant. In the analysis stratified for age, flavonoids are associated with a lower incidence of erectile dysfunction up to age 70, but not beyond.
Looking at the data from a dietary intake perspective, a high intake of fruit, a major source of anthocyanins and flavanones, is associated with a 14% reduced risk of erectile dysfunction.
Cassidy A et al.: Dietary flavonoid intake and incidence of erectile dysfunction. Am J Clin Nutr