UEA scientists find blueberries and red wine help erectile problems

A basket full of Blueberries. Photo: EDP

A basket full of Blueberries. Photo: EDP - Credit: ©EDPpics2004

Researchers at the University of East Anglia believe certain foods hold the key to reducing the risk of developing an intimate problem.

Researchers at the UEA believe they have found ways of reducing the risk of developing erectile dysf

Researchers at the UEA believe they have found ways of reducing the risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Picture: Joakim Boren - Credit: Joakim Boren

They have already been hailed for their multiple health benefits.

Now, researchers at UEA claim to have identified another perk of the humble blueberry.

The scientists believe the fruit could hold the key to reducing the risk of developing erectile dysfunction.

A new study found that eating food such as blueberries which are rich with flavonoid - molecules found in various fruit and vegetables - is associated with a reduced risk of the problem, with the greatest benefit in those under 70.


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Eyebrows may be further raised by the claim that even drinking red wine may help sufferers.

Lead researcher Professor Aedin Cassidy from UEA said: 'We already knew that intake of certain foods high in flavonoids may reduce the risk of conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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'This is the first study to look at the association between flavonoids and erectile dysfunction, which affects up to half of all middle-aged and older men.'

The study was carried out by nutrition departments at UEA and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

The research team are currently looking for local volunteers aged 50-75 for a study to see whether blueberries can improve aspects of health linked to heart disease and diabetes.

Read tomorrow's Eastern Daily Press for more information on the study.

Have you got a health story? Email nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk

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