Is asparagus an aphrodisiac?
Is any question of this long, fibrous shaft’s ability to excite? It’s name shouldn’t just be asparagus, it should be aphrodisiac asparagus!
All kidding aside, (or maybe not), The Vegetarian Society suggests that three straight days of asparagus nibbling produces the most aphrodisiac effect. The society also recommends hand feeding your lover asparagus aphrodisiac vegetable of passion.
It is true that three days of eating the popular spring vegetable may give you some strange-smelling pee. It’s the one reason I hear curious eaters balk at asparagus. But you do that in private (hopefully – and no judgement!) so who is going to know?
Aphrodisiac asparagus nutrients that benefit sex
The true reason for asparagus aphrodisiac reputation is in more than shape. (Although it was probably appearance that first earned the vegetable a reputation as aphrodisiac.) This pencil-shaped, spring vegetable is also packed with nutrients needed for healthy hormone production. It is known as a low calorie, high-nutrient food.
And among its finest health benefits is an injection of vitamin E, a vitamin noted as one most beneficial to your sex life. Vitamin E is not only essential for hormone production but is great for your skin. Learn more about the health benefits and aphrodisiac potential of vitamin E.
Asparagus for women trying to conceive
Asparagus is considered a good source of folate, a key nutrient for women trying to conceive. (It is also important for male fertility – so couples trying to conceive may want to stock up on asparagus stalks.)
It should be noted that folate is also an important nutrient for women who are pregnant. But women who are expecting should be sure to consult their doctor before relying on asparagus as their source of folate.
Benefits of asparagus for males
Not only can men get folate from asparagus, this spring vegetable may also provide them with important nutritioon for heart health and sexual performance. In fact, asparagus benefits for men may be more remarkable than the benefits to women trying to conceive.
Asparagus is a source of potassium, a key mineral for relaxing blood vessels. This can equate to improved blood flow, which is important not only for men’s heart health but also vital to achieving and maintaining erection.
And there may be another essential nutrient in asparagus contributing to men’s health. one study indicates there may be more to asparagus and a link to men’s health. According to one Japanese study, asparagus reduced hypertension in rats. The study concluded that a compound in the asparagus acted as an ACE inhibitor.
Only further studies on human subjects will tell us how and why the asparagus achieved this desired effect. But the implication is that it can not only improve heart health but also blood flow to the sexual organs. This could be an important asparagus benefit for men!
More good news for men’s health, asparagus is a source of selenium, manganese and zinc, all of which are nutrients essential to men’s sexual health.
How the fiber in asparagus can make you more sexy
A fun asparagus fact, this spring vegetable is packed with fiber. A one half-cup serving of asparagus offers about 7% of your daily fiber intake. And, as I’ve mentioned before, fiber is important for your romantic life. In fact, it makes it into our 10 Steps to Sexy Diet.
How to serve asparagus
Here are a few of my favorite asparagus recipes:
This article was written in 2010 and most recently updated in June 2021.
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