When it comes to organs, your heart gets all the love. Heck, we even exchange heart-shaped cards on Valentine’s Day.…
Can Berries and Citrus Spice Up Your Love Life?
Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
If you’re a long-time reader, you know that I’m huge on berries—especially blueberries—and that I also like to start my mornings with a glass of lemon water.
I’m a big fan of berries and citrus because they’re loaded with nutrients that help keep you healthy. Blueberries protect your eyes against sun damage, help lower your blood pressure, and even strengthen the collagen in your skin. Citrus is packed with vitamin C, of course, and it’s also rich in nutrients that help fight everything from cancer to cardiovascular disease.
So these fruits already have a pretty solid résumé… and now there’s something else they can add to their list of accomplishments. According to a new study, men who eat these fruits regularly are ten percent less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED).
What’s more, guys don’t need to load their plates with berries and citrus at every meal. According to Aedin Cassidy, one member of the research team that conducted the study, “In terms of quantities, we’re talking just a few portions a week.”
The researchers say it’s too early to point to a cause-and-effect relationship. That’s because men who eat these fruits may also be more likely to do other healthy things like exercise and eat right in general. However, they note that foods rich in flavonoids, like berries and citrus, can improve blood vessel function—and that’s one key to preventing ED.
So if ED is a problem for you or your partner, consider tossing a few blueberries into smoothies and salads, and adding a splash of lemon, lime, or orange juice to drinks. Also, use the zest of citrus in recipes, because it’s also rich in nutrients.
To get you started on your blueberry-and-citrus kick, here’s a dessert recipe that’s brimming with lime zest, lime juice, and blueberries. Make it your date-night dessert, and who knows what might happen? I’m just sayin’…
P.S. — By the way, here’s one more tip for adding some spark to your love life: drink bone broth, and encourage your partner to drink it, too. It’s packed with nutrients that give you “tiger blood,” and my patients say it makes them feel as frisky as teenagers!
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