appleEver feel like you could use a boost in the bedroom?

For instance, maybe you’ve noticed your desire has dipped a bit over the years, you’re not experiencing enough arousal during intimacy or your lubrication is lacking?

Well, this may sound strange, but eating an apple a day could recharge your sex life, suggests a new study in the journal Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

How did the researchers come to this surprising conclusion?

Well, first they looked the components of apples:

The crunchy fruit contains polyphenols and antioxidants that can stimulate blood flow down below, helping to rev arousal.

On top of that, the researchers say apples–especially the peel–contain phloridzin, a phytoestrogen (plant-based estrogen) that’s structurally similar to your body’s own estrogen that plays a key role in lubrication and sexual experience.

Then, the researchers asked 731 women between the ages of 18 and 43 to rate their sexual function using a Female Sexual Function Index (which asks questions about lubrication, overall satisfaction and other intimacy-related matters).

And they asked the women to report how many apples they ate every day.

Turns out, women who munched one to two apples daily experienced better lubrication and sexual satisfaction than those who ate less than half an apple per day.

Now, there are limitations to this study to keep in mind: For starters, this is based on the number the apples women remember eating, so it’s subject to error. And, just because the women who reported eating lots more apples had better sexual experiences doesn’t prove apples were the cause.

However, this is an intriguing finding–and studies like these can often be a jumping-off point to a better-constructed study that can prove a direct link.

Either way, if you’re interested in trying to boost your boudoir life via apples, eat them with the skin (where most of the phytoestrogen is concentrated).

And opt for organic apples since pesticides tend to accumulate in the peel.

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