There seems to be a LOT of misinformation out there about almonds and erectile dysfunction. Let’s take a look at the facts and dispel the myths.
Nuts About Nuts
Spanish researchers conducted a small study about several kinds of nuts. Their findings were part of the FERTINUTS project and were published in the journal Nutrients. Previously, the FERTINUTS study found that hazelnuts, walnuts, and almonds had enhanced sperm quality; however it did not alter sexual function.
What was interesting though, later on in the study, they discovered that eating about 2 handfuls (60g) of nuts a day could actually lead to better sexual function. The study used 83 participants who regularly ate a typical western diet. This meant they ate a lot of animal fats like meat and little fruits and vegetables.
Participants were split into a control and test group for 14 weeks. The control group continued their normal diet while the test group added 60g of almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts to their diets. Blood tests were taken at the beginning to establish a baseline as well as the end. Changes in levels of nitric oxide and other relevant data were observed.
After seeing the results, researchers discovered that simply adding these nuts to a diet considered ‘unhealthy’ had a positive effect on libido and the intensity of orgasms. Considering the number of participants in the study, more research is necessary to support these claims. The researchers even indicated discretion because of the small group size.
Chock Full of What?
Almonds are considered one of the most healthy foods. This is for many good reasons. Almonds are high in fiber, vitamins A and E, and beta carotene. They also help to mitigate risk of heart disease and other conditions. The fats found in almonds are mostly monounsaturated fats, which is a healthier kind of fat that can help reduce high blood cholesterol. And if all of that wasn’t enough, they are easily available.
Many nuts are loaded with arginine. This is an amino acid responsible for nitric oxide production in the body. Long story short, nitric oxide (NO) has been found to help with invigoration. The L-Arginine compound helps with blood flow (vasodilation) to the captain. However, in the earlier mentioned study, the data did not match up between patients’ improvements and blood levels.
Even though the levels of NO and other blood data did not indicate the reason for the improvement, other health benefits from eating nuts could be the cause. Plant based sterols, antioxidants, and folic acid have a positive effect on overall health. The reduction of inflammation due to nuts is the big takeaway from this study more than anything.
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