Why pineapple is an aphrodisiac

A cure for impotence

Throughout history, pineapple was used as a cure for impotence. The tradition continues today. Just google it and you’ll find that the internet is littered with recipes for “libido lifting” pineapple juice cocktails. So, yes, it is fair to say, simply based on the breadth of personal accounts, that pineapple is an aphrodisiac.

What really makes pineapple an aphrodisiac?

But if you look at this tropical fruit from a nutritional standpoint, you can start to see some of the elements that add up to pineapple’s aphrodisiac reputation. The fruit is loaded with vitamin C. (Vitamin C is essential to the production of “happy hormones.”) It is also rich in antioxidants. These nutrients not only help support good blood flow but antioxidants also fight aging. Which means they help us look and feel our most vibrant.

In addition, pineapple is a very good food source of manganese. And this could be where pineapple gets its reputation for fighting impotence. Manganese is well known as essential for sexual health, particularly for men’s sexual health. In lab studies, manganese deficiencies caused loss of sex drive and a lack of semen. So the fact that one cup of pineapple provides the body with 67% of the recommended daily intake of manganese is significant when it comes to men’s sexual health.

Another reason pineapple is an aphrodisiac is that it  provides the body with thiamine. Another important nutrient for sexual health, thiamine helps provide the energy needed for optimal sex drive.

When you add it all up from a nutritional perspective, it’s easy to see why pineapple is an aphrodisiac, particularly for men.

That other thing you’ve been wondering about…?

And as for that thing you’ve probably been wondering about since the start of this article…Can pineapple juice can improve the experience (or flavor) of oral sex?

Sadly, there is absolutely no scientific research to substantiate the claim. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t true. After all, some noted authorities in this area, including porn actress Annie Sprinkle, have weighed in on the subject. Maintaining that pineapple impacts a woman’s pleasure, Sprinkle recommends a man consume pineapple or other fruit juice a few hours before a sexual interlude. Seems like pretty sound advice and one that certainly adds up to proving that pineapple is an aphrodisiac.

Castleman, M. “How to Improve the Taste of Semen.” Psychology Today. N.p., 30 Nov. 2009. Web.

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