How Long Does it Take to Correct One’s Blood Flow?

We have a lot of reasons to be thankful for the times that we live in. A hundred years ago, when a man’s penis began to go limp, there were no effective solutions. At least now, science and medicine agree on what causes erectile dysfunction and more importantly, how to cure it. Erectile dysfunction is most commonly caused by an improper flow of blood to the penis. Lots of times, the solution is just a matter of living more healthily. A healthy diet, exercise, and avoiding smoking or drinking can improve blood flow. But how long does it take to correct one’s blood flow?

Quit Smoking to Correct One’s Blood Flow

A smoker may cringe at the thought of giving up smoking for years just to finally be able to sprout an erection. Having that nicotine racing through our body provides a fleeting blur of satisfaction. But is it really worth it? The benefits far outweigh that one minute of pleasure. 

According to the National Health Service, for those who quit smoking, their blood circulation will improve in just two to twelve weeks. With one’s blood flow cleared up, when the brain sends a signal to the penis to erect, the sail would raise instantly. 

As most people already know, chemicals in a cigarette do terrible things to the body. Blood vessels are especially vulnerable. When it comes to getting an erection, blood vessels are one of the most important ingredients. Smoking will cause the cells that make up the blood vessels to become swollen. As a result, plaque will build up in the walls of the arteries, CDC.

In just two to twelve weeks after quitting smoking, the body’s blood flow will repair. Considering that most human bodies will require just two to four weeks for nicotine withdrawal to be completely gone, the process becomes less formidable.

Reduce Alcohol to Correct One’s Blood Flow

Drinking alcohol is especially deceptive when it comes to erections. According to an article on the Scientific American website, When a person drinks enough to become intoxicated, the blood vessels relax and widen. In order for an erection to occur, having the blood vessels relax is necessary.

But the more alcohol a person consumes, at a more habitual level, the blood levels shrink, which will lead to poor circulation. Hence, drinking excessive alcohol will directly make it more difficult to get an erection.

The good news is that according to Healthline, giving up alcohol for just one month is enough to vastly improve one’s health, as well as to improve the chances of sprouting an erection. New Scientists conducted a study in which 14 staff members gave blood samples. For the next five weeks, ten of them abstained from alcohol, while the other four kept on drinking. The studies’ conclusion proved that it just took a month of no drinking for one’s body to improve.

Better Diet Will Correct One’s Blood Flow

Of all the vices in life, a salty, fatty, and sweet diet could be the least likely to forego. An unhealthy diet is just as damaging to the body as excessive drinking and smoking. However, all it takes is a few weeks of eating healthy foods to reverse the damaging effects.

Poor blood circulation can also be caused by an unhealthy diet. Trans fats, saturated fats, added sugar and lots of salt will have a negative effect on one’s blood flow. After getting aroused, when the brain sends a signal to the penis to erect, if the blood is contaminated with plaque and damaged blood vessels, that signal will take a long time to reach its destination. There is also a good chance that the signal will not cross the finish line.

Best Foods For Blood Health

However, eating healthy foods will improve blood flow. Plus, it will only take a matter of weeks of eating healthy to reap the rewards. 

Tumeric has been a staple in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Curcumin, an ingredient in turmeric, improves the body’s nitric oxide production. In a study of 39 people, consuming 2,000 mg of curcumin a day caused a significant increase in the body’s blood flow.

Walnut consumption will reduce blood pressure and improve the function of blood vessels. In a study of 24 people with diabetes, those who eat two ounces of walnuts every day, vastly improved their blood circulation.

Cinnamon has been proven to improve the blood vessel dilation in the coronary artery, which is a very important artery considering that it supplies blood to the heart. In a study of 59 people with diabetes, 1,200 mg of cinnamon a day reduced systolic blood pressure and improved blood circulation in just twelve weeks.

Consumption of garlic, fatty fish, beets, leafy greens and citrus fruits have also been proven to improve blood circulation. 


GAINSWave shockwave therapy is another effective method to improve one’s blood circulation. Just read the more than 30 clinical studies that all validate the efficacy of shockwave treatment. GAINSWave is a safe, effective and non-invasive procedure that uses high-frequency and low-intensity sound waves to remove plaque from the blood as well as promote the growth of new and healthy blood vessels.

The first step is to contact a nearby provider.

Originally published by Gainswave. Updated 28.12.2023.
Medically reviewed by David Cunningham, MD, GAINSWave’s Clinical Advisor.

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