The peach is an aphrodisiac of legendary repute. And some peach benefits might surprise you. But more on that later. First, a little history of the stone fruit.
When it was first introduced to Greek and Roman cultures, it was known as the Persian apple. It is suspected that the name is tied with the stone fruit’s aphrodisiac reputation.
Peach aphrodisiac use
By medieval times, peaches were known to “increaseth intercourse,” at least according to the herbalist Albertus Magnus. Poet William Fahey sexualized peaches by comparing the ripe, cleft, pink fruits to the plunge of cleavage so worshipped in the paintings of the French Impressionist, Renoir.
But it was not just Europeans that made a connection between peaches and sex. In early China, peaches were considered “magical.” And in Japan peach blossoms were and still are a symbol of regeneration and fertility.
Today, when a peach is picked warm from the tree, this Southern belle’s sun-kissed flesh is considered reminiscent of a woman’s curves.
Peach benefits and nutrition
Now we know that it’s nutrition, not magic, that places peaches high on the list of the worlds greatest aphrodisiacs. You might be surprised to learn that peach is a great source of vitamin C. And C is a powerful antioxidant to help you look and feel young, fresh and beautiful. It is important to note that C supports the formation of collagen. This means peaches can benefit skin health.
In addition, there are some indications that peaches may help improve skin texture and the appearance of fullness. This study on the effects of peaches on human skin indicates that peach helps skin retain moisture.
Nutrients in peaches
Another of peach nutritional benefits is that this fruit provides the body with the potassium needed for cardiovascular health. In other words, this summertime fruit gets you moving, whether it’s at the gym or in the bedroom.
And speaking of getting you moving, another benefit of eating peach is that this stone fruit contains niacin, which is essential for producing energy. You won’t be able to sustain a long night of passion without niacin.
Other nutrients key to “peak performance” you’ll find in peaches include iron, folate, magnesium, zinc and vitamin E, also known as the sex vitamin.
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