Frida Harju-Westman nutritionist at the global health app Lifesum (www.lifesum.com), comments…

Avocados are a natural aphrodisiac

Avocados are a natural aphrodisiac

Unbeknown to many, it was the Aztecs who gave the avocado its first name, ‘ahuacatl’, meaning ‘testicles’. This name is believed to have derived in part from the avocados resemblance to the male testes, but also due to the Aztec belief that avocados contained aphrodisiac qualities. While we don’t know if avocados can truly influence your sex life, there is a few reasons why they might be beneficial.

May support your fertility

The important B vitamin folic acid is found in avocados. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health, has found that folic acid may help to lower the risk of ovulation problems, one of the biggest causes of female fertility. It has also believed to increase the number of sperm in the male testes, making it an important vitamin for both men and women who want to boost their fertility.

Increases pleasure

Avocados contain potassium which is believed to help increase the flow of blood around the body. This may make it beneficial for both male and female pleasure, as good blood flow ensures the erection of the penis, and makes makes vaginal tissue more sensitive and responsive to sexual stimulation.

Improves stamina

Eating avocado provides you with a healthy dose of monounsaturated fats which the body is able to convert to slow releasing energy. They also contain folic acid, which helps to break down protein and provides you with a boost of energy and increased stamina.

Boosts mood

Avocados are natural hormone balancers and contain folate, a deficiency of which is believed to cause feelings of anxiety. They are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which helps to increase the levels of dopamine in the brain, thus boosting your mood.

Aids production of sex hormones

Vitamin E, found in avocados, is often referred to as the ‘sex vitamin’. It plays a key role in the production of the hormones estrogen and testosterone and helps to protect them from oxidation and degradation. This vitamin is also believed to be beneficial for sperm, as it may help to improve their mobility and protect their membrane.

Might enhance your libido

Avocados also contain zinc which is believed to help enhance your libido by helping the production of testosterone, which plays a vital role in both the male and female libido. A deficiency in zinc may lead to a weakened sex drive for men and women. Avocados are also rich in potassium which assists in the regulation of the thyroid gland which is also believed to boost libido.

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