Eating a handful of pistachio nuts every day for three weeks can boost men’s sex drive, research says.
The little green nibbles are known to have health benefits like helping to lower cholesterol but a new study has revealed they can boost performance between the sheets.
Tests on men who struggled to satisfy their partners in the bedroom found nature’s love nuts reached the parts that other sex aids were unable to revive.
The study, which was conducted by Dr Altamira at Atatürk Teaching and Research Hospital in Ankara, Turkey, and published in The International Journal of Impotence Research, consisted of 17 married men (ranging from 38–59 years of age) who had experienced ED for at least 12 months.
All patients were evaluated using medical history and sexual history with the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF), a physical examination and routine blood analysis. Each man ate 100g– about 3.5oz of pistachio nuts per day for three weeks. The subjects were asked to maintain their regular daily dietary intake, physical activity and other lifestyle habits.
Study participants saw a significant improvement on IIEF scores, which measure such things as orgasmic function, sexual desire and sexual intercourse satisfaction. There was also improvement in penile ultrasound measures, but the difference was not statistically significant. Participants also had a significant reduction in total blood cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, and a significant increase in HDL (good) cholesterol.
Carried out at the Ataturk Teaching and Research Hospital in Ankara, Turkey and published in The International Journal of Impotence Research2, the experiments measured sexual desire, pleasure and satisfaction.
The report said: “Study participants saw a significant improvement on International Index of Erectile Function scores.”
Specialist Dr. Thomas W. Hopkins who sat on the National Advisory Panel for Erectile Dysfunction said: “Pistachios have been considered an aphrodisiac in some folklore.
“To my knowledge, this is the first study that lends support for this belief.
Pistachio nut has as much fibre as three plums “We know that pistachios can improve blood cholesterol levels and can be part of a successful weight management programme. Pistachios are basically very rich in an antioxidant called lutein, which are normally found in green and leafy vegetables.
“Men, especially, may want to consider substituting pistachios for other snack foods.”
The people from Arabic countries have been aware of these aphrodisiac properties of pistachios since ages and they have been consuming this nut since a very long time. And in Lebanon pistachio leaves were used to enhance fertility. Though this food is not meant to be consumed to achieve an instant erection as these foods are to be consumed on a regular basis for a longer duration of time. But nowadays oral medicines like Viagra and natural supplements such as Extenze and Endurnz are gaining much popularity to treat erectile dysfunction because of its safety and easy availability through online pharmacies and health food stores. But a self treatment for sexual dysfunction with a bowl of pistachios isn’t a bad idea as well.
The pistachio is a member of the Anacardiaceae or commonly known as the cashew family. Archaeological findings indicate that members of the Pistacia genus were being consumed as far back as 6700 BC and today we refer to it as Pistacia Vera.