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Caffeine And Erectile Dysfunction

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There’s been a lot of buzz lately about how coffee can perk up your sex life. Well, as Maxwell Smart (Don Adams/Steve Carell) says, if you want to “Get Smart,” you “missed it by that much.”

What’s spot-on? Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston found that men who consumed between 170 and 375 mg of caffeine a day (that’s two to three cups of coffee, or four to eight 12-ounce caffeinated waters) were about 42 percent less likely to report erectile dysfunction than those who consumed none. And “caffeine” is the operative word here. True, coffee is the No. 1 source of caffeine in the North American diet, but the study also counted caffeine from tea, sodas and sports drinks. (But they missed chocolate by that much; one and a half ounces of 80 percent cacao dark chocolate has a third to half the caffeine of a cup of coffee.) And the association between caffeine and avoiding ED held up for men who were overweight, obese or who had high blood pressure (frequent triggers for ED).

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So, guys, if you want to reduce your odds for ED, enjoy your morning (and afternoon) coffee – a lot of additional benefits will come your way. Studies show that drinking coffee also decreases your risk for nine cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, age-related memory decline and Type 2 diabetes. And check out other sources of natural caffeine: 1 cup of black tea has 14-70 mg of caffeine; 1 cup of green tea, 24-45 mg; 1 cup of iced tea, 11-47 mg; caffeinated water has 45-100 mg. Now, that’s getting smart!

 

© 2015 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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