To say that men and women are the same would be like grouping together apples and oranges. Sure, we are both mammals and they are both fruit, but aside from that, the differences are great. In fact, these inherent differences are what ultimately makes a man, a man, and a woman a woman, much like an apple is an apple, and, well, you get the idea. However, what would happen if an apple lost one of the defining characteristics that make it an apple? Would it still be an apple? Or an orange? Or, as is the point of this article, would a man be a man if he lost one of his defining characteristics?
So what makes a man a man? While the answer to this question can be answered in many different ways, for arguments let us boil it down to basic biology and say that perhaps the most defining characteristic of a man is the fact that unlike women, they have a penis. The penis is the male sex organ, reaching its full size during puberty. In addition to its sexual function, the penis acts as a conduit for urine to leave the body, but today, we will stick to the first part.
Throughout history, a great deal of importance was placed on male genitalia, more specifically, its ability to properly function. Men needed to produce heirs in order to maintain their bloodlines, and if they didn’t, the traditions of the families that got passed down from generation to generation would come to halt. In the past and even in the present, a great deal of self-worth rides on a male’s ability to reproduce, and when they can’t, it can have a very damaging psychological impact.
Erectile dysfunction, simply put, is the inability of a man to maintain an erection sufficient for satisfying sexual activity. This can be can be caused by any number of things including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome and more. And while the causes can be varied, it is the psychological impact that is more standard.
Most men who experience erectile dysfunction typically share similar feelings – a sense of insecurity about oneself, low self-esteem, sadness, depression, anger, aggression, shame, and guilt. And it isn’t only the affected male that can experience this negative mental impact, for their partners can as well.
Often the partners of men with erectile dysfunction report guilt about not being able to arouse their partners, a feeling of helplessness, rejection, confusion, frustration, fear, worry and insecurity are all common place. And from a relationship point of view, when one partner suffers from erectile dysfunction, it can easily throw the entire relationship into a tailspin that can be difficult to get out of. Which begs the question, what can be done about it?
While modern medicine is certainly on the forefront of “curing what ails us,” and most of us have probably heard of that magical, little blue pill, many men have been joining the global trend of looking towards natural and less invasive products to help them. And when it comes to natural, few things are as readily consumed, available, and noninvasive like food.
Eating is something we all do, so why not take advantage of an already existing practice by turning it into something that helps us more and in different ways than it already does?
Keeping that in mind, allow us to present to you some common foods, backed by science, that can help you with erectile dysfunction, as well as some tips for including them into your daily diet. And remember, just because you don’t experience erectile dysfunction now, doesn’t mean you won’t later, which makes get a head start on making these foods part of your diet that much more important.
According to one recent study, supplementing with niacin or vitamin B3 helps relieve erectile dysfunction in men with high cholesterol. Researcher Dr. Chi-Fai Ng of The Chinese University of Hong Kong stated, “The exciting thing about this finding is that niacin is a very old drug and the safety of it is quite well-documented. Basically, it’s just a vitamin, and so this would be a very simple way to improve erectile function.”
So what foods are filled with niacin? Grass-fed beef, green peas, tuna, liver, mushrooms, peanuts, chicken, and of course turkey, which has over 100 percent of the daily value. While turkey is a staple around Thanksgiving and other holidays, it is truly a versatile protein that can be enjoyed year round.
Most grocery stores sell a variety of turkey, not just your standard whole one. Ground turkey can be used for meatballs, sauces, and burgers, turkey breast instead of chicken, and our favourite, turkey wings, prepared to your liking. Plus, turkey is typically less expensive than chicken - an added bonus!