A cure for impotence
Throughout history, pineapple was used as a cure for impotence. And the tradition of using this fruit to boost sex drive 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 this exotic delight is an aphrodisiac.
Why is pineapple an aphrodisiac?
If you look at this tropical fruit from a nutritional standpoint, you can start to see some of the elements that add up to this tropical fruit’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.
What are the health benefits of pineapple?
Beyond being a stand out source of vitamin C, this tropical fruit 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 the health of human libido, particularly for men. In lab studies, manganese deficiencies caused loss of libido and a lack of seminal fluid. 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 health.
In addition, a reason this fruit is an aphrodisiac is that it provides the body with thiamine. Another important nutrient for keeping your body in its prime, thiamine helps provide the energy needed to optimize those primal urges.
When you add it all up from a nutritional perspective, it’s easy to see why this tangy fruit is an aphrodisiac, particularly for men.
What do pineapples represent sexually?
There is one other interesting piece of pineapple lore. Although the fruit was known as a symbol of hospitality in the United States since the 17th century, it seems to have…err…sprouted a new symbolic meaning.
Though I wouldn’t exactly consider this a reason to classify pineapple as aphrodisiac necessarily, this exotic fruit is now the symbol of swingers. That’s right, the pineapple you once displayed outside your front door now announces you, at least to a small portion of the population, as celebrating a certain type of sexual freedom. Because this association lends nothing to sexual desire or your ability to perform sexually, I’m incline to dismiss it as urban lore. But I suppose if you’re into swinging, seeing a pineapple lamp in a front window could be a turn on.
And apparently, if you put a pineapple upside down in your shopping cart, you’re sending the message that you’re looking for partners in the produce aisle. At least one radio station is convinced enough of this symbolism that they felt the need to warn their supporters on their website. I can’t say that I’ve ever tested the theory myself but it does make me wonder what you’re conveying if you show up at someone’s house with a pineapple upside down cake!
Is pineapple juice aphrodisiac?
And as for that thing you’ve probably been wondering about since the start of this article…If a man drinks pineapple juice, will it improve the experience (or flavor) of the bodily fluids involved in one particular oral act?
Sadly, there is absolutely no scientific research to substantiate the claim that pineapple juice has this effect on sperm. That being said, everything a man eats will impact the pH of sperm, which ultimately will change what it tastes like, even if it is ever so slightly. According to Men’s Health, the acidity of pineapple may work to tone down the bitter flavor of sperm.
Some noted authorities in this area, including adult film actress Annie Sprinkle, have weighed in on the subject. Maintaining that the fruit impacts a woman’s pleasure during oral sex, Sprinkle recommends a man consume fresh pineapple or juice a few hours before this type of intimate exchange of body fluids. Seems like pretty sound advice and one that certainly adds up to proving that pineapple is an aphrodisiac.
Castleman, M. “Article with Title I’m Not Allowed to Say Because it Contains a Word that Gets Me on Google’s Naughty List.” Psychology Today. N.p., 30 Nov. 2009. Web.
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