Posted on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Can daily apple consumption lead to better sexual health and more pleasurable sex? A study claims that there’s a positive correlation between the two independent activities in young females.
The NIH (National Institute of Health) published a study that was conducted by the Department of Urology in Santa Chiara Regional Hospital of Italy. It concluded that there was a relationship between regular apple eating and pleasure gained from sexual intercourse. The researchers recorded sexual activity and apple consumption of young ladies between September 2011 to April 2012. The females participated in the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), and were also asked about the number of times they ate apples. There were two control groups: the segment that consumed apples daily, and another segment that irregularly ate apples. According to the study, women in the first control group reported increase in vagina wetness (referred to as “lubrication domain” in the study). The study assumed that greater lubrication indicated better ability to enjoy sexual activities.
But which compound in the apple causes an increase in vaginal lubrication? The study suggests that “some evidence exists of a positive correlation between regular intake of phytoestrogens, polyphenols, antioxidants and women’s sexual health.” A veterinary and agrochemical research center links polyphenols to increased estrogenic activity, comparing it to another sex hormone called β-estradiol if the polyphenols are consumed in large quantities. In fact, the research center classifies a polyphenol called flavonols that are abundant in apples, onions, and ginkgo.
Other foods might also contain an abundance of polyphenols that are found in apples, and scientists are just beginning to understand the effects of phytoestrogens on the body. A 2013 research paper indicates that soy foods contain phytoestrogens that provide positive benefits to the human body, including the prevention of cancer and “vaginal symptoms, cognitive function, or dementia in postmenopausal women.” However the paper also details a concerning long-term effect that is noticeable in cattle: reproductive disorders. But the evidence remains inconclusive and there haven’t been any studies found that’s indicative of negative health consequences for humans.
Conclusion: a research paper has identified a positive correlation between eating apples and improved sexual pleasure, most likely due to compounds found in apples that are abundant in other plants as well. The long-term negative consequences are largely unknown and may require further studying into the matter. In the meantime, enjoy!
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