The benefits of asparagus for men are numerous, and I wonder if this vegetable wasn’t created solely for men. Oh! It also have lots of benefits for women either, but in this post, we’ll be focusing on how asparagus can boost a man’s overall sexual functioning.
Just as you look after the rest of your body systems, you have to make sure you are healthy sex-wise. It’s very appalling to see men battling with low sperm count and poor libido, when there are natural foods out there that can boost your sexual drive with ease. Foods like asparagus can affect the way your body responds to love making by increasing arousal level, boosting hormone levels, and affecting your brain chemistry.
Worth mentioning is that asparagus has a long history of use as an aphrodisiac. Since ancient days, folk healers have been recommending asparagus for improved libido. There are evidences that ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans also used this vegetable. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, asparagus is believed to be a great aphrodisiac. It is also used traditionally to fight infertility.
Now that we know asparagus has some history of use as an aphrodisiac, how can we relate this use to modern medicine? Do they truly boost sexual drive? Below, I will taking you through based on proven scientific facts, point after point.
- Asparagus are rich in vitamin E, a nutrient that has been found to increase blood flow and oxygen to your genitals. Increased blood flow to the sexual organ translates to a hard, rocky erection. This is very important, because apart from sexual desire, blood circulation is probably the most important factor when it comes to sexual functioning. Without proper blood flow, a man won’t be able to have the erection he desires. Vitamin E has also been found to play an important role in the production of your sex hormones, which gives you that sex urge.
- Asparagus are rich in folate. In fact, just 1 cup of cooked asparagus can provide up to 67% of your daily need for this vitamin. Folate, which is a naturally occurring form of folic acid, has been found to help boost libido through its involvement in the production of histamine, an organic compound that is released during orgasm.
- These wonderful vegetables also contain important minerals such as manganese, zinc, and selenium, most of which have benefits in sexual function. The deficiency of minerals like manganese could lead to low sex drive and lack of semen (1). Zinc has also been found to increase libido and boost sperm count. Perhaps that is why many people recommend oysters for a better libido – they are rich in zinc. Zinc achieves this by helping increase your levels of testosterone, a hormone that is responsible for men’s sexual functioning and development.
- Asparagus also contains significant amounts of vitamin B6, a nutrient that is popularly known for its libido boosting properties. It is widely sold as supplements in medicine stores, worldwide. Vitamin B6 has been found to improve sperm count or production in men.
Unfortunately, there are very little researches that have been carried out solely on asparagus to check its aphrodisiac properties. Most of the claims are anecdotal ones, mainly based on personal experiences. However, the above scientific explanations of its rich nutrient-profile is enough evidence to get you going.
In 2015, a research was carried out to check the aphrodisiac properties of asparagus, but it wasn’t in humans. Although the study was carried out in laboratory rats, it still provided a glimpse of what to expect in human beings. The research made use of asparagus root extracts and evaluated its effect on reproductive and sexual functioning in rats (2).
The results found rats that were fed with this extract to possess bigger genitals, engage more in sexual activity, produce more sperm, and have stronger erections. They also lasted longer in sexual activities. These are all properties every man desires. Perhaps you should give asparagus a try in your diet, since there are little to no side effects of eating this vegetable. The only effect is a weird pee smell, and it’s not noticed by all people who consume it.