Not only can an apple a day keep the doctor away, it has now been shown to act as an aphrodisiac. This comes after researchers found that women can improve their sex lives if they eat an apple a day.
Scientists believe that the reason may be in the compound phloridzin, which is present in apples and very similar to the estradio, the female sex hormone. Estradiol is said to play a huge role in sexual arousal.
Apples, like chocolate and wine, also contain antioxidants and polyphenals, which stimulate the blood flow to the genitalia, thereby aiding arousal.
The researchers based at Santa Chiara Regional Hospital in Trento, Italy believe that the more apples females eat, the higher their level of sexual function and lubrication, which accounts for overall sexual satisfaction.
The study which has been published in Archives of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, involved the analysis of 731 Italian females aged between 18 and 43.
The participants were asked to provide a report on their eating habits and daily apple consumption. The group was split into two, with the first being asked to consume one or more apples each day and the second being asked to eat less than one apple each day.
All the participants were required to complete the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), which included 19 questions related to their sexual activities, including overall satisfaction and frequency.
Researchers discovered that consuming an apple each day was linked with higher scores on the FSFI, which suggests that it increased the sexual pleasure of the women.
This fruit offers eaters many health benefits. During 2012, it was found that apples greatly reduce the blood fat levels in postmenopausal females, which is a group most at risk of strokes and heart attacks.
It has been stated that snacking on apples every day for a period of six months could reduce cholesterol levels by almost 25%.
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