Palo Azul vs. Erectile Dysfunction
“The consumption of flavonoids 50 mg/day lowered the risk for ED by 32%”
First of all...we need to know what flavonoids are.
Flavonoids are natural products commonly found in vegetables, fruits, plants, bark, flowers, wine and tea such as Palo Azul. There’s a ton of studies that have found numerous health benefits in flavonoids and these are are attributed to their anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-aging, anti-hypertensive, anti-bacterial, anti-mutagenic, anti-viral and anti-carcinogenic properties.
¿How can palo azul reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction?
Results from one study showed that “flavonoid consumption 50 mg/day reduced the risk of erectile dysfunction by 32%.”
Another study found similarly that "flavonoid-rich foods are associated with a reduced incidence of erectile dysfunction.”
Additionally, one study found that "men with erectile dysfunction reported a lower monthly average of total flavonoid intake."
You hear that, men?
This is why you should eat vegetables, fruits, and drink teas like palo azul!
These are the MOST flavonoid-rich foods: apples, pears, onions, strawberries, blueberries, celery, peppers, and teas such as palo azul
These findings are corroborated by another study in which researchers surveyed 25,096 men over a 10-year period. One of their key findings was that men who consumed more flavonoids and were physically active "had a 21% lower risk of erectile dysfunction.”
In addition, men who consumed more flavonoids showed a reduced incidence of erectile dysfunction which "equates to approximately 2-5 hours of brisk walking per week".
Other studies have found that erectile dysfunction can be caused by oxidative stress, and flavonoids may "improve erectile dysfunction in diabetic rats by inhibiting oxidative stress.”
What is oxidative stress?
Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are atoms with a single valence electron that cause damage to the body associated with diabetes, cancer, aging, atherosclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and many other diseases.
This happens because electrons like to be in pairs... and for this reason, free radicals look for "free" electrons in the body. This causes damage to cells, proteins, DNA and these damaged molecules can mutate, grow tumors, and damage the DNA code. Eventually, this cellular damage causes new cells to grow with defects and it will lead to aging and degenerative diseases.
¿Why does oxidative stress matter?
Scientists in one study mentioned that "oxidative stress is shown to be involved in the pathophysiological mechanism of erectile dysfunction (ED).”
Due to the antioxidant capacity of flavonoids, another study concludes that flavonoids "may ameliorate erectile dysfunction by inhibiting oxidative stress."
Lastly, researchers from one study concluded the following:
"Therefore, improved erectile function in men should be added to the growing list of clinical benefits of a healthy lifestyle, including increased flavonoid intake."
In other words, if you're looking to reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction...
The best thing you can do is eat a healthy diet rich in flavonoids (vegetables, fruits and teas like Palo Azul), exercise and you will eliminate oxidative stress!
These are the key findings we found in all the studies done on the effects of flavonoids on erectile dysfunction.
Key findings from medical studies
• “Interestingly, in our joint analysis, we observed that individuals who consumed a high intake of anthocyanins and flavanones and who were physically active had a 21% lower risk of ED compared with those consuming a low intake of anthocyanins and flavanones and low physical activity levels.”
• “The potential benefits (of flavonoids) on improving erectile function could be important at a population level.”
• “Increased intake of fruits, vegetables, and flavonoids decreases the risk of ED in young men.”
• “Higher intake of flavanones, anthocyanins, and flavones was significantly associated with a reduction in risk of Erectile Dysfunction ED.”
* Palo Azul is commonly referred to by its scientific name: Eysenhardtia polystachya / E. polystachya / E.P - Cyclolepis genistoides / C. genistoides - kidney wood - palo dulce
We conducted a prospective study among 25,096 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Total flavonoid and subclass intakes were calculated from food-frequency questionnaires collected every 4 y. Participants rated their erectile function in 2000 (with historical reporting from 1986) and again in 2004 and 2008.
Specifically, during 10 y of follow-up and after adjustment for a number of potential confounders, including classic CVD risk factors and a range of lifestyle factors, men in the highest compared with the lowest quintile of intakes of flavanones, flavones, and anthocyanins had a 9–11% reduced incidence of ED. ****This magnitude of effect is similar to undertaking 7.7–16.5 metabolic equivalent tasks per week of physical activity (37), which equates to approximately 2–5 h of brisk walking per week.
Our data strengthen the knowledge that a healthy diet, specifically one rich in several flavonoids, together with increased physical activity and maintenance of body weight are important components of health to improve sexual health and CVD risk factor reduction. Although the magnitude of the reduced risk of increased flavonoid intake on erectile function was moderate (9–11%), the potential benefits on improving erectile function could be important at a population level.
Interestingly, in our joint analysis, we observed that individuals who consumed a high intake of anthocyanins and flavanones and who were ***physically active had a 21% lower risk of ED compared with those consuming a low intake of anthocyanins and flavanones and low physical activity levels.
Conclusions: These data suggest that a higher habitual intake of specific flavonoid-rich foods is associated with reduced ED incidence. Improvement in erectile function in men should therefore be added to the growing list of clinical benefits brought about by a healthy lifestyle, including increased intake of flavonoids.
Sexual dysfunction is relatively common in young men, presenting in diverse manifestations, including erectile dysfunction (ED), for which dietary modifications, including increased intake of dietary antioxidants, have been suggested as promising and cost-efficient approaches.
Men with ED reported a lower median monthly intake of total flavonoids (−2.18 g, 95% CI = −3.15 to −1.21, P < .001) and all flavonoid subclasses (P < .001) compared with controls. Adjustment of intake for age and body mass index showed that consumption of flavonoids 50 mg/day lowered the risk for ED by 32%.
Increased intake of fruits, vegetables, and flavonoids decreases the risk of ED in young men.
Low flavonoid—in particular flavone—intake is associated with ED in young adult men.
Natural polyphenols in plant based diets have gained public interest in recent times due to their roles in the prevention of various disease that implicate free radicals/reactive oxygen species and recently on ED.
Progress made so far in this direction suggests inhibition of arginase, acetylcholinesterase, angiotensin converting enzyme, rho-kinase II; activation of endothelial and neuronal NO synthase; decreased synthesis of luteinizing hormone and testosterone reduction; activation of silent information regulator 2-related enzymes (sirtuin1) as well as free radical/reactive oxygen species inhibition as the mechanisms through which the polyphenols identified in this review exert beneficial roles in the management of ED.
Oxidative stress is demonstrated to be involved in the pathophysiological mechanism of erectile dysfunction (ED). Decreased levels of SOD activity, NOx and eNOS expression, as well as elevated levels of TBARS were found in diabetic group compared with control group. Treatment with 20 and 50 mg/kg quercetin improved SOD activity, NOx and TBARS levels in corpus cavernosum of diabetic rats. Decreased expression of eNOS in diabetic rats was only ameliorated by 50 mg/kg quercetin treatment. Quercetin could ameliorate ED in diabetic rats by inhibiting oxidative stress.
We conducted a prospective study among 25,096 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.
In analyses stratified by age, a higher intake of flavanones, anthocyanins, and flavones was significantly associated with a reduction in risk of Erectile Dysfunction ED only in men <70 y old and not older men.
In food-based analysis, higher total intake of fruit, a major source of anthocyanins and flavanones, was associated with a 14% reduction in risk of ED.
These data suggest that a higher habitual intake of specific flavonoid-rich foods is associated with reduced ED incidence.