If you or a partner have experienced erectile dysfunction (ED), you may have tried medications or devices to treat the issue. But there’s another approach you can consider that’s as simple as making some dietary changes. Certain nutrients can help manage your heart health, hormonal balance and sex drive, all of which will lower your risk of sexual dysfunction. Learning about these powerful foods is the first step to reducing your symptoms and improving your sex life.

What does your current diet look like?

The foods that comprise a typical Western diet may be the worst choices men can make for their sexual health, according to a 2018 study published in Sexual Medicine Reviews. Researchers have linked typical Western foods to an increased risk of low semen quality, obesity and type 2 diabetes, all of which are contributing factors to ED and poor sexual health.

A Western diet typically consists of:

  • High amounts of red meat
  • High-sugar foods and drinks
  • Trans fats (found in