Research shows that oats offer several health benefits. This whole grain is linked with heart health and weight loss. And it may even help regulate blood sugar levels – that goes for oatmeal as well as whole oats. The oat is a healthy food for everyone but oats have some serious benefits when it comes to men’s sexual health. Let’s explore oats benefits for male sexual health as well as overall health.
A source of plant-based protein
A serving of oats can provide as much as 14% of your daily protein requirement. The less processed the oats, the more protein they will contain. So make your oatmeal with whole, rolled oats or steel-cut oats and skip the quick-cooking stuff.
Protein and your sex life
You get that oats will give men the protein they need for overall health but what’s the significance to your sex life? It’s simple. Protein is key for energy and you need energy for sexual health and performance. But that’s not the only benefit of oats when it comes to sexual health.
Oats for a bigger O
Have you heard the expression “Oats for a bigger O?” Oats contain a key nutrient for achieving sexual satisfaction. An amino acid called L-arginine found in oats works to relax blood vessels. It can help increase blood flow, which is key for sexual arousal and climax. L-arginine supplementation is sometimes used to help treat men with erectile dysfunction. But you can get this amino acid naturally just by eating oats.
More nutritional benefits of oats for male sexual health
Oatmeal also contains zinc, a nutrient linked with increased sex drive. Women should take note that zinc is proven beneficial in supporting both male and female sex drive.
General health benefits of oats for men
But oats aren’t just good for helping support men’s sexual health. There are a whole lot more oat benefits for men. The regular consumption of oats or oatmeal can help men have longer and more active lifestyles by supporting heart health. Oats are low glycemic, which means they may help regulate blood sugar levels. And they may even be effective in reducing blood sugar levels in men with type 2 diabetes.
There is also some research indicating that oats could be beneficial to weight loss by keeping you feeling full longer and less tempted to snack. When it comes to men’s health, what’s not to love about this whole grain?
Recipes and cooking
Oatmeal is a classic breakfast food but breakfast isn’t the only time to eat oats. Oats play a starring role in one of the world’s most classic cookie recipes. And they can be used in savory dishes, like in place of bread crumbs in a meatloaf (or meatless loaf).
And if you like classic oatmeal, you don’t just have to eat it for breakfast. Oatmeal is a great choice for late-night snacking because it’s a nourishing food that will help you feel full all night long.
Here are more ideas for cooking with oats:
Six-Spice Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Fiori di Sicilia
Chipotle Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Classic Dutch Crunchy Cookies with Coconut
Overnight Steel Cut Oats
Raspberry Cacao Oat Breakfast Bowl
Red Wine Poached Egg with Oat & Black Bean Cakes
Turmeric Porridge with Kimchi and a Fried Egg
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Edited by Delahna Flagg: This article was reviewed and additional research provided by Center for Mind-Body Medicine certified practitioner and Eat Something Sexy Nutrition Director Delahna Flagg.
Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided in this article is intended for informational purposes only. It is important to consult your physician before making dietary changes.
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