Avocados As An Aphrodisiac
In 200 BC, the Aztecs considered the avocado to be an aphrodisiac. They named the avocado tree āhuacatl, or testicle tree, as the fruits often hang in pairs. But, was it just the shape of the fruit that stirred the sexy connotations, or is the avocado really an aphrodisiac?
Think about what’s on the menu as certain foods may play a role in sexual health and performance. Particular nutrients are needed by the body to generate nitric oxide which helps dilate blood vessels and keep them elastic. This can help protect against heart disease and high blood pressure 325 and also help with erectile function 326.
Here are a few tips to maintain your sexual health 326:
- Exercise helps boost nitric oxide levels so make time in your day for some daily exercise
- Maintain a normal body weight
- Omega 3 fats found in fish help increase nitric oxide
- Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables help generate nitric oxide
- Folic acid, calcium, and vitamins C and E (found in avocados) all play a role in the body’s manufacture of nitric oxide
- Don’t smoke and drink excessive alcohol – they will affect the function of health blood vessels
Visit the Australian Avocados website to view the nutritional info panel on avocados, which lists nutrients found in avocado and RDI % per serve.
Ultimately, the good news is that living a healthy lifestyle brings many benefits. Eating wholesome fresh produce, like avocado, daily exercise and appropriate amounts of relaxation all combine to maintain a healthy sexual system for men.
Author: Zoe Bingley-Pullin, Nutritionist and Chef
Founder of Nutritional Edge, Zoe Bingley-Pullin, has long been passionate about the food in our lives. A nutritionist (Diploma of Nutrition, Sydney) and internationally trained chef (Le Cordon Bleu School, London), Zoe helps people embrace the benefits of food through education and understanding.