Nuts are among my favorite aphrodisiac ingredients. Why? The benefits of nuts are unparalleled.
Are nuts good for you?
You may be wondering, “Are nuts good for you?” Because you’ve heard that nuts are high in fat. It’s true that they do have a lot of fat but they are also like tiny treasure chests of nutrients.
The nutritional benefits of nuts
First of all, they’re packed with protein. Protein helps provide sustained energy for any type of exercise, including bedroom calisthenics, if you know what I mean. But there’s much more to nuts that can benefit your health, including sexual health.
And, as a plant-based source of protein, nuts promote the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. What does that mean in plain English? Well, neurotransmitters are your body’s chemical messengers. They’re used by your nervous system to regulate a wide number of functions. (Here’s a more in depth explanation of neurotransmitters.)
Two of these neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine are associated with alertness, motivation and the ability to experience pleasure. We need to get the building blocks for these neurotransmitters from our food and nuts offer us what we need.
Nuts are a source of fiber
Not all nuts are created equally but they all are considered fiber rich. For example, one of the health benefits of almonds is that they offer about 3.5 grams of fiber per serving. (Learn more about almonds and why they’re among the best foods for men.)
Nuts contain healthy fats
Returning to the subject of the fat content in nuts…Don’t worry about that fat in your arteries (too much). You see, nuts are packed with monounsaturated fats. You might have heard them referred to as “healthy fats.” (However the do contain some saturated fat. So if you need to stick to a low fat diet, you’ll want to track your nut intake.)
Interestingly, the combination of nuts’ healthy fats, protein and fiber can help suppress appetite and prevent overindulging. But if you’re wondering which are the best nuts for weight loss, unfortunately, the answer is none. Studies show that nuts do not significantly impact weight loss or gain.
How nuts support sexual health
Many of the nutrients in nuts have the potential to specifically support your sexual health. Nuts are a source of vitamin E, magnesium and l-argenine. (L-argenine facilitates blood flow and is considered a potential aid to erectile dysfunction.) This is one of the reasons nuts are considered a good food for men’s sexual health. Women can appreciate many of nuts’ benefits, too but there’s another reason nuts are considered a good food for men.
Nuts, several varieties in particular, like Brazil nuts, are associated with testosterone production. It’s believed it’s a high selenium content that makes Brazil nuts beneficial to testosterone production. However I found studies on the subject to be limited. One of the benefits of macadamia nuts is that it, too, is believed to benefit testosterone production. But some experts believe that nuts like walnuts and pistachios may have the opposite effect. Again, this is an area that requires more research.
The aphrodisiac history of nuts around the world
Every different variety of nut has its own unique folkloric history as an aphrodisiac. For example, in India, coconuts were the regional symbol of fertility. In ancient Greece, almonds were tossed at weddings in place of rice as a sendoff for a successful honeymoon. To the Native Americans, at one time, pine nuts were the Viagra of the day.
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