They say “happy wife, happy life” and they’re right.
But it’s also true that “with a happy penis you…um…something that rhymes with penis.”
Bottom line: a man with a happy, healthy penis is a happier man than a man whose penis in unhealthy and unhappy.
And a happy penis keeps your woman happy too.
Penis health and sexual health are complex topics with a lot going on. On the bad side, that means there’s a lot of trial and error involved in keeping your penis healthy.
On the good side, it means there’s a lot of things you can do to improve your sexual and penile health.
One such thing is making small changes in your diet to make sure your body has the basic building blocks of a healthy penis and a solid sex life.
Below are six foods and food categories to improve testosterone levels, erection quality, sperm count, and more!
Tomatoes are good for your penis and sexual health on three different levels.
First, they’re rich in lycopene. Lycopene is a vasodilator (a substance that helps your blood vessels dilate, improving blood flow).
Since blood flow is the key mechanical aspect of getting and maintaining erections, good blood flow is good for your penis.
Second, research at the West China School at Public health beginning in 2013 (source) shows that lycopene-rich foods can also decrease your risk of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is bad for your life and your sex life, as are many of the leading treatments for the condition.
Third, a multi-institutional study in Japan in 2017 found tomato juice had impressive impact on sperm motility and health, increasing count, concentration, motility, and morphology in men who took it for 12 weeks. (source)
1+1+1 = start getting some tomatoes in your diet. It’s easy, since there are so many ways to prepare and cook with the stuff.
Spaghetti sauce on Monday. Juice on Tuesday morning. Sliced up on a sandwich on Wednesday. Diced in a salad on Thursday….
See Also: papaya, red cabbage, mangos, pink grapefruit, guava, sweet red peppers
Let’s just take a moment and appreciate that we’re all mature enough not to make some kind of joke about cherries in a sexual health article.
Cherries get their deep red color from anthocyanins.
According to health researcher Mary Lila of the University of Illinois, science is not yet clear on how anthocyanins impact health, but is very certain they improve your wellness on multiple levels.
For your penis, the stuff seems to directly improve the elasticity of your blood vessels. Flexible, elastic blood vessels…
See Also: pomegranate juice, cranberries, eggplant, plums, blackberries, blueberries, purple grape juice
You may have noticed a theme of circulatory health for the foods on this list, and watermelon is no exception.
The citroline is a major building block in arginine. Arginine is an amino acid vital to relaxing and dilating blood vessels (source).
As we mentioned earlier, relaxed and dilated blood vessels are good for your penis. But exactly why?
You get an erection when your body floods the tissues in and around your penis with extra blood.
That blood fills up that tissue like a balloon, making it grow and become rigid. The better your blood flow, the faster, harder, and longer-lasting your erections will be.
See Also: onions, garlic, chickpeas, liver, grass-fed beef, almonds, walnuts, dark chocolate
Since the time of the Aztecs, people have eaten avocados as an aphrodisiac and fertility treatment, and for good reason. Avocados are rich in vitamin E and Zinc.
Zinc is an important ingredient in building testosterone, and studies have found a direct link between increased zinc intake and higher serum testosterone in men (source).
Meanwhile, research also suggests vitamin E plays an important role in sperm health (source), improving motility and quality in subjects after just three months.
See Also: shellfish, dairy, eggs, whole grains, lentils, grass-fed beef
These little nuts are another potent vasodilator, with all the health and penis health benefits described for their counterparts above (source).
They’re so powerful that physicians in Turkey have begun using them as a treatment for some forms of erectile dysfunction in lieu of big pharma medication.
Besides, they’re a smart portable snack you can carry with you so you don’t give in to the temptation to hit a drive-through or 7-11.
See Also: almonds, ginger, cashews, walnuts, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, turmeric
Carrots contain a chemical called…wait for it…carotenoids, which are responsible for their bright orange color.
Besides making foods pretty, this naturally occurring pigment has been shown to improve semen quality in men (source).
The science is still pretty fresh on this one, so they haven’t fully identified the mechanism by which they do so.
But researchers have found a direct correlation between more carrot consumption and better quality sperm. Maybe that’s why Bugs was so cheerful all the time.
See Also: yams, cantelope, bell peppers, oranges, kale, mangoes
You don’t have to go crazy on any of the foods above. Just rotate them into your weekly menu planning by adding, say, two per day so you cycle through them each week.
As a bonus, pretty much everything on this list is good for your general health, too.
That means more energy and wellbeing, which studies show is also great for your sex life (source).
While you’re at it: check out some of the foods on the list below, which have been shown over several studies to enhance penile health by impacting your hormones or circulatory system.