Why should you eat citrus fruits for sexual health? If you’re a woman, the sex benefits of oranges, grapefruits and other citrus are worth discovering. For starters, citrus fruits are rich in vitamins B and C, calcium, magnesium, thiamin, niacin and folic acid. This nutrition is vital to helping you feel energized, vibrant and at your sexual prime.
Why citrus fruits are among the 10 best foods for women’s sexual health
Because of their nutritional composition, tangy, tart citrus fruits are considered powerhouse foods for rejuvenation. In other words, they may be about the closest thing in the fruit world to a fountain of youth.
Now you understand why the water at spas is always flavored with a sharp tang of something citrusy. By simply sipping that water in the relaxing setting, you’re reaping the rejuvenating benefits or oranges, lemons, or whatever citrus flavors your drink. Feeling young and looking your best are keys to a happy, healthy sex life.
There has also been an investigation into the link between eating citrus and a reduced risk of heart disease. What does this have to do with a woman’s sexual health? Although it doesn’t receive a lot of publicity, heart disease is almost as much of a serious concern for women as it is for men. And this isn’t just a red flag for longevity. Heart health is key to sexual function and sexual arousal because you cannot experience sexual pleasure without good circulation.
The high fiber and water content of oranges, grapefruits and other citrus are beneficial to weight loss and diet management. One navel orange contains 2 grams of fiber. Two-thirds of that fiber is soluble and linked with cholesterol management, speaking of heart health. The other third is insoluble. That’s the stuff that keeps you svelte. And the water content? That helps keep you hydrated. Water is not only essential for overall wellbeing but it is critical to sexual arousal and vaginal hydration.
Citrus fruits’ B vitamins, C and folic acid are all essential to sex drive and sexual health. And of course, folic acid helps support fertility for women of reproductive age. In addition, the benefits of oranges and other citrus include potassium. This vital nutrient not only aids sexual function but also helps flush out excess salt.
So peel yourself an orange, squeeze lime into your favorite juice and throw a portable tangerine into your shoulder bag! The benefits of oranges and other citrus fruits will go a long way toward keeping you hydrated, rejuvenated and feeling like your most smart, sexy self. What more could we ask from our fruit?
Is juice as good as whole fruit?
You may have heard that fruit juice is bad. And that’s pretty much true when you’re talking about canned or bottled juices with added sugars. But freshly squeezed, citrus fruit juices like orange juice have almost all the same benefits to heart and sexual health as eating the fruit. The one difference is that juice, even freshly squeezed with pulp, lacks some of the fiber you would get from eating a whole tangerine or orange.
The other problem is that it’s much easier to overindulge when you’re drinking juice versus eating fruit. So just watch your portions and sugar intake but if you enjoy citrus juices, keep sipping!
Allergies and other risks
There are very few risks to eating fresh citrus fruits but an orange or other citrus allergy, although rare, can be serious. If you’re allergic to any kind of citrus, talk to your doctor about the safety of consuming citrus fruits and juices.
Those prone to heartburn should also be careful about citrus consumption. The citric acid and ascorbic acid in citrus are known to worsen symptoms. Talk to your doctor before increasing citrus consumption.
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This article was written in 2015 and most recently updated in February 2024.
Edited by Delahna Flagg: This article was reviewed and additional research provided by Center for Mind-Body Medicine certified practitioner and Eat Something Sexy Nutrition Director Delahna Flagg.
Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided in this article is intended for informational purposes only. It is important to consult your physician before making dietary changes. More information
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