Forget Oysters: How Apples Work as the New Female Viagra

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July 14, 2014 3:29 PM EST

For years, people have been relying on oysters, chocolates, red wine and other ancient Asian herbs to boost their sex drive. A recent study uncovered that the new female Viagra is actually a common grocery item -- an apple.

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An apple orchard of the Vermont Hard Cider Company is seen in Middlebury, Vermont in this undated picture provided by the Vermont Hard Cider Company.

Apples contain antioxidants and polyphenols which are also present in other aphrodisiacs like chocolate and red wine. These agents can improve blood circulation to remote parts of the body, including the vagina, thereby increasing arousal and sexual function. Apples also contain high levels of phloridzin. Phloridizn is similar to estradiol, a female sex hormone, which contributes to female sexuality and vaginal lubrication.

Apples also have phenylethylamine or PEA which gives people a natural sense of excitement or well-being. Other food that also have PEA include dark chocolate and cheese. Experts recommend that people to eat different sources of PEA and antioxidants to boost their sexual drive and well-being. People may also take apples in different forms like juices, shakes and pies. Over time, apples can contribute to the manner that the body produces natural PEA. Females will then experience heightened senses and sex drives to improve their sex lives regardless of their age.

In an Italian study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the libido-enhancing effects of apples were revealed. 731 women, aged 18 to 43 years old, were monitored in the study. Accordingly, individuals who ate one to two apples each day experienced better sex lives. The women were divided into two groups. The first group did not eat apples while the other ate one to two apples every day.

A Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) was filled out by the female subjects to determine factors like sexual frequency, sexual function, lubrication, orgasm and overall sexual satisfaction. 

The results of the study presented that women who ate apples every day had higher FSFI scores and were more sexually active during the course of the study. Furthermore, they also experienced better lubrication, more powerful orgasms and increased overall sexual function.

Having low dopamine and sugar levels can also lead to low sex drive. Snacking on an apple will help provide these accordingly to improve performance and attitude towards sex.

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An apple orchard of the Vermont Hard Cider Company is seen in Middlebury, Vermont in this undated picture provided by the Vermont Hard Cider Company.
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