You’ve probably heard or are wondering about the myth that energy drinks can help your erectile dysfunction. You might think that Red Bull has caffeine, and caffeine is a stimulant, so then it must stimulate my sex life… right? You’d be surprised.
What’s So Hard About Stiffs?
There’s more to getting a boner than it’s typically made out to be. It is an involved process that includes the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles as well as blood vessels. If there’s a problem with any of those, it might cause erectile dysfunction. Before I lose your attention, why is any of this important?
Because stress can bring about erectile dysfunction. Running some of your body’s smaller, more intricate systems at its physical redline is going to cause breakdowns at some point. This is why caffeine might be hurting instead of helping you. It’s known that consuming too much caffeine and sugar will lower sexual libido in men and women.
This may lead to a softer erection and can actually make your sexual anxieties worse. A study was conducted in April 2015 by researchers from Greece and the United States. They collected data from 3,700 men. One of the patterns they noticed was that men who drank between 170-375mg of caffeine daily had less cases of ED.
How Much Red Bull Does That Mean?
Red Bull says there is 80mg of caffeine in their 8.4 fl oz cans. Based on that study, this is about 2-4 of the small cans of Red Bull (or 2-3 cups of coffee). But just remember that each small can of Red Bull has 27g of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends men should have no more than 36g of added sugar a day.
Not to beat a dead horse, but you ought to pay attention to this sugar intake. The researchers noticed another interesting pattern. Although overweight men with high blood pressure who consumed more caffeine were less prone to ED, the higher caffeine had no effect on ED for men with diabetes.
Researchers speculate that caffeine helps smooth muscle tissue and arteries. However, this smoothing effect could just be a faster heart rate and higher blood pressure forcing blood vessels to appear ‘smooth.’ Studies have shown that drinking Red Bull does increase blood pressure, from a faster heart rate. While it is known that a firm erection requires good blood flow, it is possible to over-do it with too much blood flow.
All in all, it seems as if your mileage may vary when it comes to Red Bull. Energy drinks do not seem to be a magic cure for preventing ED, but I hope that armed with this information, you can make a wise choice for yourself.
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