A daily serving of nuts may improve sexual function for men

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Guys, you may want to up your nut intake.

Researchers from the Human Nutrition Unit of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute in Spain conducted a study that concluded that daily consumption of nuts (60 grams) by men who eat a Western diet improves sexual function and orgasm quality.

It was the first nutritional intervention study featuring healthy participants of reproductive age seeking to figure out if regular nut consumption had any effect on sexual function. The experiment was part of the FERTINUTS project, which found in a previous study that regular consumption of certain types of nuts improved semen quality.


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For this experiment, 83 men were studied, all of whom followed what is often called a “Western” diet (high in animal fat, low in fruits and vegetables). Then they were split into two groups: one group continued eating their diet as usual, and the other added 60 grams of walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds to their meals. After 14 weeks, each participant completed a questionnaire on their recent sexual episodes.

The men who ate the nuts showed that adding the food to one’s diet can improve sexual desire and orgasm intensity.

“Our study suggests that compliance with a healthy diet supplemented with mixed nuts may help to improve erectile and sexual desire,” the authors wrote.

They added that further research is necessary, and they hadn’t figured out how exactly it came to be that nuts in particular improved sexual function in men.

The study is published in the scientific journal Nutrients.