Why pineapple is among the 10 best foods for men’s sexual health
Pineapple is a tropical temptress. Sweet and juicy, it is one of the most popular tropical fruits for good reason. But the benefits of pineapple extend beyond a satisfying flavor. Pineapple is a nutritional powerhouse, particularly when it comes to men’s sexual health.
What does pineapple do for men?
One of the best-know benefits of fresh pineapple is that the fruit contains immune-boosting vitamin C. It’s also recognized as a source of water for hydration and natural sugars for energy. And this tropical fruit is also recognized as a source of magnesium and potassium, both nutrients beneficial to sexual health for both men and women.
A healthy, sweet snack, pineapple helps sustain stamina and is noted as a weight loss (and weight control) aid. (This might be because it is a high fiber food. A serving of raw pineapple offers about 2.3 grams of fiber.)
But what the connection between pineapple and men’s health or, more specifically, men’s sexual health?
The nutritional benefits of pineapple for men
Pineapple is a powerhouse food when it comes to nutrition for both men and women. But several nutrients in pineapple demonstrate specific benefits that can give men’s sexual health a boost.
The manganese in pineapple
The most notable nutrient in pineapple linked specifically with men’s health is manganese. You might even call it man-ganese! (A one cup serving of pineapple gives you about 67% of your daily manganese intake.) This nutrient is known for improving sexual strength. And has been proven to elevate testosterone levels, which makes it particularly beneficial to men.
In fact, according to Nature’s Aphrodisiacs, in lab studies manganese deficiency in male subjects caused a loss of sex drive and a lack of semen. Here’s additional information on why manganese-rich foods are important to men’s sexual health and men’s fertility.
More nutrition in pineapple for testosterone production
But manganese is not the only benefit of pineapple that’s particularly good for men. Pineapples are also a source of bromelain. This enzyme that has been shown to aid in triggering production of testosterone.
Bromelain is also recognized for the fact that it can help reduce inflammation. And since inflammation can cause malfunction in the body, we want to keep that at bay.
But there’s one other nutrient in pineapple that may help men with sexual hormone production. The thiamine in pineapple may also benefit men when it comes to testosterone production. Thiamine stimulates sex hormone production in both men and women.
The antioxidants in pineapple and men’s health
An additional health benefit, pineapples also provide the body with some powerful antioxidants. (The fruit is noted for its content of flavonoids and phenolic acids.) Antioxidants fight free radicals in our bodies.
And although we usually connect this with anti-aging and associate high-antioxidant foods with women and beauty, antioxidants are important to men, too! They not only help fight visible signs of aging but can help promote a healthy immune system and are even linked with the prevention of some age-related diseases.
Even more good news for men, the vitamin C in pineapple is noted for improving blood flow. Not only will this help men maintain heart health but it also impacts blood flow to the penis, which is why vitamin C-rich foods like pineapple make the list of foods that help fight erectile dysfunction.
Can pineapple juice benefit men sexually?
Like most fruit juices, pineapple juice has too much sugar to be compared nutritionally to the benefits of fresh pineapple. But you may have heard of a fabled use for pineapple juice when it comes to men and the sexual partners who pleasure them orally.
It turns out, it’s true, at least if folklore is to be believed. According to accounts by women whose partners drink pineapple juice, the drink changes the flavor of semen. In fact, some nutritional experts suggest that a man should drink 8 ounces of pineapple juice several hours before this sexual act.
However no prior planning is needed if you want to enjoy all the effects of eating fresh pineapple! Men should just eat it frequently to experience pineapple’s sex benefits.
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This article was written in 2015 and most recently updated in September 2021.
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