Science Says This Food for Sex Drive Also Boosts Fertility
Dinner = Love
It turns out what you eat for dinner as a couple may actually have a significant influence on how you show love as a couple, and it may actually influence your fertility over time, too. The findings are thanks to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Data on 501 couples who were trying to conceive was analyzed by scientists from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and found that one food for sex drive in particular, seafood, not only boosts desire, but the quality of sperm and eggs. In fact, couples were 39% more likely to have sex on days when they had both eating seafood such as fish or oysters. Couples who ate at least two portions of seafood a week reported having sex an average of eight times each month, which is in stark contrast to the more feeble six times per month for those who consumed less of this food for sex drive.
“Many types of seafood are high in Omega-3 fats,” explains Dr. Peter Rizk, medical expert for Fairhaven Health. “These polyunsaturated fats play an important role in many biological processes, but are especially important for male and female fertility. In women, these fats are believed to help regulate hormones, reduce inflammation, promote cervical mucus production, and reduce blood clotting — all of which is beneficial for fertility. Omega-3 fats are also believed to be important for helping to prevent miscarriages and preterm labor and for brain and eye development in the fetus. In men, low intake of Omega-3 fats has been associated with poor sperm production and quality.
Dr. Rizk also believes that couples who are actively working fish into their diets may be more focused on healthy eating and lifestyle choices than other couples, setting them ahead of the fertility pack.
“The types of seafood highest in Omega-3 fats are wild caught salmon, Atlantic mackarel, sardines, anchovies, oysters and mussels,” he says.
Food experts, including Claudia Sidoti, head chef and head of recipe development at HelloFresh, suggest starting with salmon when trying to incorporate more of this food for sex drive into your diet.
“Bake your salmon,” she says of the easiest way to cook the Omega-rich fish. “The dry heat of baking works best with salmon fillets, and try different toppings. A simple, but delicious sauce I love is sour cream, lemon juice and zest, and salt and pepper. It’s a winning combination atop salmon fillets.”
But not all seafood is created equal, warns Dr. Rizk. “Tuna and halibut are also good sources of these fats, but should be eaten less frequently due to mercury content.”
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