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10 Aphrodisiac Myths

        Health | Sexuality

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Almonds
Almonds have many health benefits, but they don’t directly correlate to enhanced sexual performance. © Katie Nesling/iStock/Thinkstock
Almonds have many health benefits, but they don’t directly correlate to enhanced sexual performance. © Katie Nesling/iStock/Thinkstock

Hippocrates recommended almonds as a cure for several things. Almonds were considered a remedy for coughs and weight problems and were believed to an aphrodisiac. But are almonds really going to put you in the mood? Well, not really. Almonds do contain the amino acid L-arginine, which helps with vasodilation in your body (that means it helps with blood flow). That increase in blood flow, in theory, could help men with erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow to the genitals — but it also may not help, and no one is sure how many almonds might do the trick. It's never been scientifically proven that almonds will enhance your sex life.

However, scientists have been able to prove that eating almonds is good for your heart and your weight, and they may help lessen your risk of developing diabetes. Almonds, at least the ones with the skins on, may also be antiviral agents, boosting your immune system and giving you a slight advantage when fighting off viral infections, such as genital herpes (Herpes Simplex Virus 2).

So eating a handful of almonds (if you'd like to be specific when recording your food in your fitness tracker, that's a serving of 23 nuts) will boost your overall health in the long run, which could in turn improve your sex life. Maybe.


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