Nine spoonfuls of olive oil a week reduces impotence

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A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but did you know that a spoonful of olive oil a day may help something else go up?

Scientists from the University of Athens say that nine tablespoons of olive oil a week could be better than Viagra at boosting a man’s sexual performance.

According to a study of 660 men with an average age of 67, a Mediterranean diet rich in fruit and vegetables, fish, legumes and nuts and, most importantly, at least nine tablespoons of olive oil a week, is enough to reduce impotence by about 40 per cent.

Olive oil keeps blood vessels and your circulatory system healthy, as well as a whole host of other health benefits.

The study found that not only does olive oil reduce instances of erectile dysfunction, it also helped make men better lovers.

That’s because olive oil increases testosterone levels and, with the benefits of a healthy circulatory system, men feel less tired and so able to perform better between the sheets.

According to the British National Health Service, tiredness, anxiety and drinking too much are the main causes of erectile dysfunction.

Lead researcher of this study, Dr Christina Chrysohoou, said diet and exercise are key to improving sexual capacity of middle age and older men.

“Men that follow a Mediterranean diet – particularly consuming lots of olive oil – see their risk of impotence reduced by up to 40 per cent in older age,” she told Medical Daily.

“This diet keeps your blood vessels healthy and lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and central obesity.”

She added that Viagra has helped to improve the sex life of millions, but common side-effects include headache, back pain and visual disturbance, and it should only be considered a short-term solution.

“It offers men a long-term solution without taking any medication, such as Viagra. This diet keeps your blood vessels healthy,” said Dr Chrysohoou.

“Viagra does not improve something long-term. It can only give some [a] short effect in order to have sexual capacity.”

Eating a Mediterranean diet can be seen as a long-term solution for more than a healthy sex life, too.

Do you consume enough olive oil? Have you tried the Mediterranean diet?

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Total Comments: 14
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    I presume that means taken internally not massaged on the vital place

  2. 0

    Just bought a 20 litre container lol

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      Have been using the stuff for years, never any problems in that department. Now tell me- what type of oil works with females? Olive oil does not do the same for them in my experience.

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      Not a good idea Karl. It’s best bought in smallish quantities because it goes rancid over time.

  3. 0

    Oh so that is why Greeks and Italians have more children!!

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      Why do all Greek men have moustaches, because they like to look like their mothers.

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      Roy, that has nothing to do with the article and it is nasty too.
      Nearly all women sprout hair on the chin after menopause. It’s not as noticeable in fairer people. Most of us pluck or wax.

  4. 0

    Hang on – wait until I finish my olive oil lunch……

  5. 0

    What a load of rubbish, a good diet is what makes you healthy and your body working well. Olive oil is pure 100% fat and consuming it does not make you healthier, it makes you fat, it is the vegetables in the Mediterranean diet that is of benefit.
    Olive oil is extremely high in calories 1 tablespoon has 119 calories with 14% saturated fat! It is now known that this study as old as it is, was done when Mediterranean people were fitter, worked physically hard and walked everywhere. Eating any kind of fat clogs up the arteries and liver and there is no nutritional benefit in consuming any oils and humans do not need oil at all. Low fat wholefood diet is the best, without the oils.

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      Thanks Hilly Billy, glad someone understands, and not keep listening to the olive oil manufacturers, big business that one too, especially with all the cooking shows putting it on everything, no wonder people cannot lose weight.

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      The Mediterranean diet is a good diet prescribed by people who are qualified.
      I just cannot not understand why people have to preach against just about every good article .
      9 tablespoons a week is about 4 teaspoons a day and it makes a great salad dressing or, mixed with a little balsamic vinegar a pleasant dip for lovely whole grain bread as a substitute for butter.
      Bought in small quantities and used quickly it does not go rancid. Millions of people just would not eat rancid oil!
      It has been in use for centuries and is not a fad thing.
      Coconut oil has also been used for centuries in countries where the trees grow but has become a fad thing in the West where people are now consuming it in much greater quantities on top of a very different diet
      Probably not the best thing .
      I have had fish and chips fried in the stuff and it tasted horrible!


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    Olive oil is a part of the Mediterranean diet which is promoted by many dieticians as being the best . I have observed that the people who live in the med. generally have very healthy glossy hair and more supple skin. So it’s good for women too.
    It is also recommended for vaginal lubrication in women past menopause because it is fairly thick and can actually block the passage of bacteria to the urethra that cause UTI .



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