Livestrong: "Foods that act like Viagra"

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Casey59
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   Posted 12/19/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Quite a few guys here are interested in being informed and educated about the consumption of potentially protective or beneficial foods, and like seeing the experimental studies, clinical observations and/or intervention studies which support the claims.  This article is for you guys.  [If on the other hand you fall into the "head firmly in the sand" category, I invite you to "ignore" this thread, or start a different thread.]
 
 
OK, so first of all we all know that there are no known "miracle cures" which the drug companies have been conspiring to withhold from us.  Furthermore, there are no drugs, or supplements, or other treatments that work 100% of the time on 100% of the people...quite simply, people respond differently.  People respond as differently to chemotherapy as they do to ibuprofen.  Of course, this is the reason for the medical studies, observations and interventions...to see how well/poorly a population of cohorts responses to a particular component under examination.
 
Some men here have been dealing with erectile disfunction after prostate cancer treatment, and many are interesting in "what they can do" improve their functional performance.  My personal experience after a radical prostatectomy was that I experienced ED immediately after surgery, and used a PDE-5 inhibitor afterward with decreasing frequency to help with bloodflow during my 6-9 month recovery period.  Recognizing that ED also increases naturally with age, I was interested in identifying the "levers within my control" to help counteract and slow the natural aging effect.  Basically, I wanted to work my way off the Cialis by identifying & eliminating the intake of items which degraded my erectile performance, and increase the intake of those things which helped supplement my performance.  It turns out that this goal also coincides with other healthy eating benefits, which I won't go in to here (but many will recognize).
 
For any others who might also be interested in being informed and educated in this area, here's a starting point for you from the Livestrong web site:  LINK
 
In summary from the article:  watermelon, cold-water fish, and pomegranates all help.  [Remember, there are no "miracle cures", but do what you can.  Remember the words from the movie Tin Cup, "a little bit is better than nada...".]
 
Enjoy...
 
 
edit:  typo

Post Edited (Casey59) : 12/19/2010 12:56:27 PM (GMT-7)


Purgatory
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   Posted 12/19/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to ask, and just how does watermelon help with ED?
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

Herophilus
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   Posted 12/19/2010 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Casey,
Thanks for the link...

BillyMac
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   Posted 12/19/2010 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Would all those interested in being educated by Casey59 please line up on the left and those who do not want to become "educated and informed" and continue "keeping their head in the sand" gather on the right.

clocknut
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   Posted 12/19/2010 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw the article earlier this summer that said,

""Watermelon may be a natural Viagra, says a researcher. That's because the popular summer fruit is richer than experts believed in an amino acid called citrulline, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels much like Viagra and other drugs meant to treat erectile dysfunction (ED)."

I know it makes me pee a lot.  It tastes good.  I don't plan on going on a watermelon eating binge, however.

 


Zen9
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   Posted 12/19/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
"watermelon, cold-water fish, and pomegranates"

Many years ago a girlfriend told me that in bed I was "like a cold fish." All this time I thought she had insulted me; now I learn that she was actually paying me the highest possible compliment.

Man, this news made my entire weekend.

Zen9

Purgatory
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   Posted 12/19/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
zen, i always thought the expression "cold fish" was directed toward the woman in bed?

clocknut, thanks for the answer on the watermelon, mine was an honest question, i had never heard of that connection before in regards to watermelon, but wouldn't it be a negative if you were fighting incontinence at the same time?

billy, are you being serious or showing some more humor in your post?
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

Jerry L.
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   Posted 12/19/2010 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
It all makes sense now. I was wondering why my wife was buying a lot of watermelon.
Nov. 2009 Dx at Age 44
Dec. 2009 DaVinci Robotic Surgery
Jan. 2010 T3b, Gleason 9
Feb. 2010 Adjuvant Radiation

PSA History:
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Nov. 2009 4.30
Feb. 2010 <.05
May 2010 <.05
Aug. 2010 <.05
Nov. 2010 <.05

clocknut
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   Posted 12/19/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Because of the "shrinkage" following the surgery, I'm limiting myself to muskmelons for now, but hoping to graduate to watermelons at a later date.
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