For most people, caffeine is synonymous with coffee. In fact, 70–90% of caffeine consumption in the United States comes from coffee. On average men drink almost two cups of coffee daily. Caffeine can also be found in tea, soft drinks, energy beverages, chocolate, some nuts, and medications.
Caffeine is a natural stimulant. Its main effect is on the central nervous system where it alters brain function, causing a temporary change in perception, mood, consciousness, and behavior.
Contrary to popular belief, caffeine will not cure your hangover. However, research shows that a moderate amount of caffeine can have a beneficial effect on men’s health.
1. Keeps Erectile Dysfunction At Bay
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common and affects men of all races, but Black men seem to be the hardest hit. Studies show that men who consumed 85–170 mg of caffeine per day were 42% less likely to experience ED and those who drank 171–303 mg of caffeine were 39% less likely to have ED compared with those who drank less coffee.
However, a more recent study found no association between caffeine intake and ED.
Here are three ways caffeine may benefit men with ED:
- Drinking two to three cups of coffee per day makes it easier to get and maintain an erection
- Caffeine relaxes the arteries and smooths the muscles in the penis
- Caffeine allows more blood flow, which is good for a firm erection
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2. Improves Athletic Performance
Many athletes use caffeine to boost performance and precipitate weight loss. In athletes, caffeine promotes a heightened sense of awareness and a decreased perception of effort. Studies on trained cyclists found that 5 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight improved speed and power.