What is the number one killer in North America?
You guessed right – heart disease is.
Sadly, it has or will affect each and every one of us in some way. Many of the risk factors are preventable such as smoking, obesity, high cholesterol, lack of exercise, and a diet high in unhealthy fats.
You’re probably already aware that healthy lifestyle habits can substantially reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. However, perhaps this hasn’t been enough of an incentive for you to choose salad over chicken wings or oats over bacon.
Gentlemen, let me give you another reason to put down your Quarter Pounder with Cheese.
High cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity reduce blood flow to the penis and cause erectile dysfunction.
Your heart health directly affects your ability to perform in the bedroom.
If you’re having difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, this may be an early sign of a more serious health problem, such as atherosclerosis – the formation of plaque on the walls of the blood vessels. Overtime, the buildup of plaque reduces coronary blood flow and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Interestingly, researchers found that erectile dysfunction in younger men may be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease.
Fatty foods, smoking, and poor lifestyle behaviours not only increase a man’s risk of developing cardiovascular conditions, it is a known fact that these poor habits may also hinder a man’s ability to maintain an erection.
February is Heart Health Month – so let’s review what to eat and which supplements to take to ensure healthy blood flow all around.
Heart Healthy Diet:
- Increase fibre-rich foods and aim to consume 30-40 grams of dietary fibre per day.
- Oats, quinoa, millet, peas, squash, figs, and apples are some examples of soluble fibre which help lower blood cholesterol levels.
- Unpeeled Apples
- Dark Leafy Green Vegetables
- Raw and Unsalted Walnuts/Pumpkin Seeds/Sunflower Seeds
- Fresh Berries
- Fresh Figs
- Pomegranate Juice
- High Saturated Fats found in Meats and Cheeses
- Trans Fats
- Canned/Instant Soups
- Cold Cuts/Hot Dogs/Hamburgers
- Salted Crackers
- Dill Pickles
- Sugary Treats
- Refined Cereals
- White Bread
- Fried Foods
- Soft Drinks
*The lists above are just partial lists.
Key Supplement to Take (as directed by your ND)
Omega-3 Fish Oils, such as Norwegian Gold Super Critical Omega by Renew Life.
Adequate intake of omega-3 fish oils is essential for cardiovascular health and can help in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. What I recommend to my patients?
1000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per day, sustainably sourced from wild and unthreatened fish. These fish are naturally lower in environmental toxins such as mercury, PCBs and pesticides.
High quality fish oil should be further purified to meet or exceed international standards for purity, potency, and freshness.
I only recommend fish oils which have a 5-star IFOS rating
IFOS stands for the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) program and carries the strictest standards in the world.
It is the only true third party testing program for omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils.
Additionally, Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract may help.
It is naturally aged, organic, odorless garlic and is one of the most researched cardiovascular supplements in the world. It is Health Canada approved to reduce cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Unlike other garlic supplements, Kyolic is aged for 20 months, and as a result of this process, it contains the beneficial compound S-Allyl Cysteine (SAC).
SAC is responsible for the cholesterol lowering effects and all the other heart health benefits, including reducing arterial plaque buildup.
I’m a fan of evidence based medicine and there are over 7000 research papers on fish oils and over 650 on Kyolic.
If you’re concerned about your performance in the bedroom, start hitting the gym regularly, reduce your stress levels by practicing yoga or breathing exercises, and follow the nutritional recommendations outlined above.
“Poor cardiovascular health is arguably the number one reason men get erectile dysfunction” says Mark Moyad, M.D., of the University of Michigan Medical Center.
Speak to a health care professional and take control of your heart health naturally.