Can Resveratrol Cure Erectile Dysfunction? [Maybe]
By Johnathan P Cumberwell
First off, what us resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a type of natural phenol that you find in for instance the skin of grapes, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries, olive oil and peanuts.
If you have followed what’s been going in anti-aging research over the last few years, you have probably heard of resveratrol, as it one of those molecules that is claimed to have positive effects for increasing our life expectancy.
Now researchers have also investigated whether this substance can help improve or cure erectile dysfunction.
Researchers in China investigated whether resveratrol could have an effect on rats. Rats with erectile dysfunction.
68 20-month-old rats (this is old age for a rat) were divided into four groups: A control group, a resveratrol group, a group that was given the SIRT1 inhibitor nicotinamide (NAM), and a group that was given a combination of resveratrol and tadalafil, a known treatment for erectile dysfunction. The study lasted for 8 weeks.
What did the researches find?
They found that the rats given resveratrol saw a significant improvement in their ED. And as expected, the group that got both resveratrol and tadalafil experienced even better improvements.
The rats given resveratrol had a significant increase in smooth muscle and endothelial tissue in the corpus cavernosum, which is indicative of better function of the penis.
And lastly, the rats that consumed resveratrol had improved nitric oxide production.
What are my takeaways from this?
Firstly that this is super interesting! It seems that this molecule has a very positive effect on ED, and that this may therefore be able to help men that currently struggle with ED.
That said, one can get resveratrol in two ways: As a supplement, or by consuming foods that contain resveratrol. I go by the second approach and consume 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil daily (I have done this for years already), and I also eat a large amount of peanuts (unsalted).