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What foods can prevent erectile dysfunction?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
Go bullish on fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and fish, while downplaying red and processed meat and refined grains, a diet that lessened the likelihood of erectile dysfunction in the Massachusetts Male Aging Study. Another tip: chronic deficiencies in vitamin B12 -- found in clams, salmon, trout, beef, fortified cereals, and yogurt -- may harm the spinal cord, potentially short-circuiting nerves responsible for sensation as well as for relaying messages to arteries in the penis. Multivitamins and fortified foods are the best bets for people who absorb B12 poorly, including many older adults and anyone with atrophic gastritis, a condition that may affect nearly one in three people ages 50 and older.

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