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The Top 4 Foods that Help Erections that Doctors Recommend

By Dr. Margaret Flynn

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Many of us have heard about prescription pills for erectile dysfunction (ED). But did you know that the foods you eat can also help (or hinder) your erections? So read on, if you'd like to find out how to naturally boost your erection quality.

Now you're probably tired of hearing nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management advice. But the reason we keep hearing about these fundamentals is that they are so connected to our physical and mental health. And your erection health is no different!

How can I get hard fast without pills?

For erections to occur, several systems in the body need to be functioning properly. Stimulus needs to incite sexual desire, nerves need to fire between the brain and pertinent body parts, and blood flow needs to be smooth and unobstructed. The right foods can help with each part of this process - read on to find out how!

It is important to state that experience of ED can vary widely. The following nutrition advice will likely be more effective for folks with mild to moderate ED. For those with severe or persistent ED, you’ll want to apply this in combination with other interventions.

What food and drinks can increase your erections?

Here are a few to add to your grocery list:


Think again before nixing that salad! Spinach is packed with folate which aids in blood flow. Studies show that ED is associated with low levels of folic acid in the blood (Karabakan et al., 2016) and folate deficits (Sansone et al., 2018).

Spinach is low-calorie and loaded with other vitamins and minerals. If a salad isn’t your speed, try loading up a smoothie with spinach (or other leafy greens), adding a handful to scrambled eggs, or sauteing it with chicken for dinner. You’ll barely notice it’s there, but your penis might.