Time to thank your salad bowl for that great sex you had last night.
They keep the doctor away, your heart ticking and skin glowing, but let's get down to business: what can fruits and veggies do for your sex life? You'd be surprised.
First off, let's just say, these guys are good, so good. All this time while you've been inhaling green juices, salads and fruit cups thinking you were just getting your daily vitamins, you had no idea these healthy snacks were also doing wonders for your libido or fertility. Stealth, huh? But we're here to spill the beans once and for all.
From making birth control affordable to revving up your sex drive, you're going to want to head to the farmers' market and personally thank the produce for adding some serious flavor to your sex life stat.
Here are some of the fruits and veggies who are simply one in a melon.
What on earth does your favorite Thanksgiving side dish have to do with your sexual health? Well, a lot, actually. Thanks to these tasty orange veggies, you can take control of your reproductive rights. Yams contain a key ingredient in birth control called progesterone, which scientists are able to extract from wild Mexican yams, according to LiveScience. In turn, this is what allows the Pill to be mass manufactured and affordable. Yams for veggie of the year.
Who knew that the fruit that's keep the doctor away also plays a key role in those out-of-this world orgasms? A new study published in Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics found that apples may be a big libido-booster since they contain polyphenols and antioxidants that can stimulate blood flow to the vagina and help with arousal. Plus, researchers say apples contain phloridzin, which may contribute to vaginal lubrication. Apple picking may be your sexiest date activity yet.
Next time you're mindlessly halfway through a bag of carrots on a mission to finish that amazing hummus, stop and take a moment to thank those orange rockstars for all they've done for your family. Aside from their nutritional value, these beta-carotene-rich veggies improve the swimming ability of sperm. A study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility discovered that men who ate the most carrots had the best sperm motility. Nothing like surprising him with some crudite to keep things moving.
Consuming lots of soy and other plant-based foods has been proven to heighten sexual activity. Foods, like edamame, have large amounts of phytoestrogens, also known as the sex hormone. Who needs Viagara when you can get edamame for $4?
Here's another veggie you can bow down to for boosting his fertility. Brussels sprouts, along with broccoli, spinach, asparagus and peas are said to improve sperm quality and reduce the risk of birth defects because they're good sources of folic acid. A study published in the Nature Communications, discovered that lack of folic acid can make subtle changes to the chemistry of the sperm's DNA.
When your morning needs a boost you turn to grapefruits, oranges and lemons. And when your sex life needs a boost? Look no further than those same citrus fruits. With tons of antioxidants and glucose, which helps enhance your mood and focus, these fruit ninjas are known to boost your confidence and performance in bed. Plus, according to several studies vitamin C has been found to improve the health of his sperm and decrease the risk of infertility for the both of you. Double win.
Well, there's plenty of reasons he or she is coming back for more (I mean, look at you!) but there's a good chance pineapples are helping make oral sex more enjoyable for your partner. It's long been rumored that certain fruits, like pineapple, make you sweeter down there. After Rachel Khona did a pineapple taste test with her boyfriend, she discovered the fruit did have semen-sweetening abilities. "I realized it actually did taste significantly sweeter. Not coconut crème brûlée sweet, but sweet enough to neutralize any harsh flavors. Gone was the bitter, sour, taste and its place was a neutral lightly sugary taste that was much more palatable than the original." Pina colada: Your new favorite drink.