Crimson cranberry is a tiny emblems of autumn, particularly in the American northeast. And cranberries are a staple at the Thanksgiving table. We think of them almost as decoration but the health benefits of cranberry are remarkable.
But cranberries as an aphrodisiac? Can this food of traditional Holiday meals really be something sexy? You might be surprised to discover cranberry sex benefits, which include some impressive benefits of drinking cranberry juice.
A brief history of cranberries in America
They are among North America’s native fruits and were originally named “craneberries” by the Pilgrims, who thought the plants’ blossoms resembled the bill of the Sandhill crane.
By the 19th century, the popularity of cranberries took off in Europe. And farmers began to plant the American fruit throughout Britain and Scandinavia.
Thanks to Ocean Spray, cranberries are now enjoyed year-round in juice blends, the Cape Codder cocktail and dried and served like tart raisins. But if you want to experience the best of fresh cranberries, try my candied cranberry recipe.
However, cranberries are better known as an aid in fighting urinary tract infectious than as a tool in amorous pursuits. But believe it or not, the fact that cranberries clean out the urinary tract is potentially beneficial to sexual health.
More on that later…In the meantime, here’s some information linking these nutritious berries and sexual health to reshape the way you look at cranberries.
Cranberry sex benefits – why this berry is a superfood
Cranberries may look unassuming, but these glistening, red globes are packed with nutrients beneficial to sexual health.
For example, one of the most notable benefits of cranberry is that this crimson fruit is rich in vitamin C. This is good news for your immune system. But in addition to boosting immunity, vitamin C is clinically proved to aid blood flow and promote the production of nitric oxide, making sexual arousal possible.
Fresh and dried cranberries also serve as a source of fiber. A 1/4 cup serving of dried, sweetened cranberries offers around 2 grams of fiber. That’s pretty good for a tasty snack! Fiber might not sounds sexy. But neither is constipation. Getting daily fiber will banish bloat and help you look and feel your best.
The berries are also a source of vitamin A, important for reproduction. (Incidentally, vitamin A is also key for a healthy immune system.)
What does cranberry juice do for you sexually?
Cranberries boast several nutrients to help with heart health beyond vitamin C. Interestingly, most of the studies investigating the benefits of cranberries on heart health have used cranberry juice instead of the fresh fruit. This juice isn’t exactly what you would call a sensual drink but is cranberry juice an aphrodisiac? Several scientific findings seem to point toward yes!
Scientific investigations such as this 2011 cranberry juice study illustrate the benefits of cranberry juice to vascular function and indicate that the polyphenols in cranberry juice may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
You may not initially think there’s a relationship between cardiovascular disease and your sex life. But according to the AHA journal Circulation, your heart is one of the most important organs for your sex life.
According to an article in the publication entitled, “Sexual Health Concerns in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease,” somewhere between 60% and 90% of those with chronic heart failure report sexual dysfunction. In other words, consuming foods and beverages that benefit heart health like cranberry juice will go a long way toward promoting your sexual health.
How cranberry juice benefits females sexually
Another 2011 cranberry juice study demonstrated heart health benefits of the juice specific to women. This study found that drinking cranberry juice regularly increased plasma antioxidant capacity in women with metabolic syndrome, and that it reduced their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
How much these benefits would impact women with normal heart function and cholesterol levels is unclear but these findings certainly indicate that cranberries can support women’s heart health, which in turn can improve sexual health.
And this is not the only cranberry juice sex benefit for women. You may know that cranberry juice can help clean the urinary tract, including the kidneys. A 2017 study implies that the effect is thanks to cranberries’ antibacterial properties.
Cranberry juice for kidney health and sexual health
This is, of course, good news for any woman who suffers from urinary tract infections or UTI’s. But it is also important for supporting fertility and sexual health. Chronic kidney disease is associated with reduced fertility. And with the decline of kidney health, sexual health also declines.
It should be noted that other studies have contradicted the benefits cranberry juice can offer to women suffering from urinary tract infections. But even the National Kidney Association promotes the use of cranberries for kidney health. So if your goal is sexual health, cranberry juice for women sounds like a sure thing.
Cranberry juice benefits for male sexual health
Cranberry juice may be just as beneficial to male urinary tract health as it is for women. According to one Czech study, cranberry juice may not only improved urinary tract health but reduced PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels. High PSA levels are linked with an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer. A low PSA level is desirable for optimal prostate health.
More health benefits of cranberry
A relative of the blueberry, cranberry is an excellent source of antioxidants. (In a recent study, cranberry juice rated among the five highest juices for antioxidant activity. In fact, it was right up there with grape juice and red wine).
To reap the most antioxidant rewards, choose the most ripe berries you can find. A product of the ripening process is something called NNC’s, (nonfluorexcing chlorophyll catabolytes). These NNC’s are powerful antioxidants that protect the plant, (not to mention the human body, once the NNC’s are ingested).
Look for the brightest, sexiest red berries and start pumping up your libido with vibrancy of tart cranberries.
This article was written in 2010 and most recently updated in May 2021.
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