Erectile dysfunction can be a mood dampener in the bedroom and affects over 1 milion men in Australia. While it is more common among older men, it’s not so rare among younger males.
Fortunately for coffee lovers, your daily caffeine kick may do more than just get you up in the morning, according to a scientific study by the University of Texas.
The study revealed that men who drank two cups of coffee a day were 42 per cent less likely to experience erectile dysfunction. For those of you who like to get technical, the best benefits were seen in men who consumed 85mg to 170mg of caffeine a day. Two cups might just be the magic number – or between 171mg and 303mg of caffeine a day.
However, the more you drink may not necessarily be ‘better’, because when drinking three cups a day, the benefits were noted to decrease slightly, with just a 39 per cent decrease in erectile dysfunction.
Scientists believe that caffeine helps to relax muscles and increase blood flow to the penis.
These caffeine sources aren’t limited to coffee, however. The same outcome was achieved in men who drank the equivalent in tea, or sports and soft drinks that contain caffeine, which is fortunate for those who aren’t latte lovers.
The positive effects of caffeine aren’t only for men. According to a study performed on a large group of female rats by the Southwestern University of Texas, caffeine was found to stimulate the part of the brain that signals sexual arousal, increasing sex drive.
Health benefits aside, the best impact caffeine can have on your sex life might not be chemical, but rather social, with the classic coffee date. Meeting someone for coffee can be a great opportunity to get to know the person in a comfortable environment, increasing your chances of intimacy further down the track.
Whether chemical or social, two cups of coffee a day could do wonders for your love life.
Are you a believer in the health (and other) benefits of coffee? Or tea?