It has been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but new research suggests it can do much more than that.
A new study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics suggests that eating apples leads to better sex for women.
The researchers analyzed 731 sexually active Italian women aged 18-43 years with no history or complaints of sexual disorder. Women taking prescription drugs or suffering from depression were excluded from the study as well.
Participants were divided into two groups: usual apple consumption (one or two apples a day) and no apple consumption (0-0.5 apples per day). The women then completed a Sexual Function Index (FSFI), which consists of 19 questions about sexual function, sexual frequency, orgasm, lubrication, and sexual satisfaction in general.
The researchers found that "daily apple consumption is associated with the highest FSFI scores for sexually active women, which increases their lubrication and overall sexual function."
So why the apples?
Researchers argue that apples can enhance sexual function because, like red wine and chocolate, they contain polyphenols and antioxidants that can stimulate blood flow to the genitals and vagina, which helps arousal.
Not only that, researchers say that apples contain floridzine, a common phytoestrogen that is structurally similar to estradiol - a female sex hormone - and plays a very important role in vaginal lubrication and female sexuality.
Of course, the study has its limitations. The size of the sample is relatively small and is difficult to correlate independently of causality. However, the researchers point out that the results are "intriguing," to say the least.
Apparently, now we are going to eat more apples.