Olive oil could be better than Viagra at helping men perform in the bedroom, scientists suggest.
Scientists from the University of Athens says just nine tablespoons of the popular condiment is enough to reduce impotence by around 40 per cent. Olive oil has a wealth of health benefits including keeping blood vessels healthy and maintaining circulation throughout the body.
Researchers said a diet rich in olive oil keeps blood vessels healthy – maintaining circulation in every part of the body. Those who consumed at least nine tablespoons of it weekly were far less likely to suffer from impotence than those who ate less of it, and had significantly higher levels of testosterone.
A study of 660 men with an average age of 67 found that those that adopted a Mediterranean style diet – rich in fruit and vegetables, legumes, fish and nuts, as well as olive oil – had far fewer problems in between the sheets and even saw a vast improvement in their bedroom prowess.
Olive oil can also help dramatically increase testosterone levels, which reduces the risk of erectile dysfunction, which is the inability to get and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.
Strong adherence to a Mediterranean style diet – rich in fruit and vegetables, legumes, fish and nuts, as well as olive oil – cut the risk of erectile dysfunction by up to 40 per cent, the Greek study found.
Lead researcher Dr Christina Chrysohoou, from the University of Athens, said: “Long-term lifestyle habits on diet and exercise seem to have a major impact on not only our arteries but our quality of life, including sexual capacity from middle-age to [the] elderly population.
“Consuming olive oil and sticking to a Med diet keeps a man’s bedroom chances high,” she advised.