Frida Harju-Westman, nutritionist at the global health app Lifesum (www.lifesum.com), comments on the benefits almonds can have on your sex life.
Supports your fertility
Almonds are a great source of the important mineral selenium. Not only does selenium play a key role in maintaining a healthy metabolism, it is also believed to have a critical function in helping fertility, as it aides the development of healthy ovarian follicles, which are responsible for the production of women’s eggs.
Almonds contain protein and fibre which help to stabilise blood sugar levels and slows digestion, providing you with energy for longer. Almonds are therefore a great snack to have before having sex as they help to increase your levels of endurance.
Almonds contain the amino acid arginine. One of the many positive effects of arginine is that it increases the level of nitric oxide in the blood. This helps to improve the circulation of blood throughout the body, including the penis, and reduces blood pressure, which can aid erectile processes. Arginine is also vital to the sexual function of women, as improved blood flow makes the vaginal tissue more sensitive and responsive to sexual stimulation, thus increasing the chances of reaching orgasm.
Aids the production of sex hormones
Vitamin E, found in almonds play an import role in the protecting your sex hormones from oxidation and degradation. Low levels of vitamin E are believed to cause a decline in the production of key sex hormones and enzymes responsible for ovarian health. Vitamin E is also believed to protect sperm membrane and help improve their mobility.
Helps produce men’s sex hormones
Almonds are a good source of the mineral zinc, which plays an important role in supporting the production of testosterone, vital for both the male and female libido. Zinc deficiencies in men can lead to a lack of production of testosterone in the male testes and in women, a low testosterone level can weaken their sex drive.
Helps the production of dopamine
Almonds contain the essential amino acid phenylalanine which is required for the production of dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter emitted from the reward centre of the brain and is largely responsible for the feeling of pleasure we get from sex.
Lifesum (www.lifesum.com) is a Stockholm-based digital health company with over 25 million users. Using tech and psychology, it creates a tailored plan to help people live happier, more balanced lives. Whether the goal is to lose weight, build muscle, or just live a healthier life, Lifesum shows how changing small, everyday habits can transform your life. The app is available on iOS and Android.