Everyone wants to perform better in bed, but is it really as easy as just eating some pistachios? There is some mixed information out there on whether eating pistachios for sex is effective or not and in this short article I’ll be going over three reasons why they help, and one reason why you might want to avoid them.
I first came across this topic after looking into the various benefits of eating pistachios. I came across an article on Mirror.co.uk that mentioned some Turkish study that was performed on impotent men in which they supposedly started eating pistachios and within three weeks saw a “significant” improvement in their erectile function.
But I thought to myself… Can it really be? Is this really all there is to it? There has to be something they aren’t telling us. Becoming an animal in bed can’t be as simple as eating delicious green nuts I would want to eat regardless of their benefits.
So anyways… After doing a good bit of research I found that, yes… Pistachios can be beneficial for sex in there are 3 different ways that they can help which I will go over. HOWEVER, there is also a downside that I came across which often does not get discussed when it comes to this topic.
So the study that was mentioned in the article on the mirror.co.uk website is a study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research.
In this study they took 17 and potent man who had had ED for at least 12 months and started feeding them 100 g of pistachios per day every three week period. That is about 3.5 ounces of pistachios per day, which is more than the serving size recommended on most bags of pistachios you can buy at the store, but not much more.
Anyways… The International Index of Erectile Function was measured before and after the three weeks. The results… Well this index takes into account five different areas dealing with sexual desire, pleasure, and satisfaction… And all five saw improvements.
Having high levels of cholesterol is a known culprit of erectile dysfunction. Cholesterol can but up in your arteries and cause high blood pressure. And according to Healthline, atherosclerosis, or the narrowing of blood vessels, is the most common reason for erectile dysfunction. So as you can imagine, having cholesterol club up your arteries, thus decreasing the efficiency of your blood vessels is not a good thing.
Luckily, eating some of those tasty green nuts every day can help you solve your cholesterol problems, at least to some extent.
A study mentioned on WebMD showed that eating pistachios on a daily basis can decrease LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) over quite a long time span.
In this study there were 28 people with high LDL-cholesterol readings put under the microscope (not literally of course). The subjects started out the study eating a low-fat diet for a month, then followed by one month of eating one serving of pistachios daily, and lastly another month of eating two daily servings of pistachios.
The results… LDL cholesterol levels decreased by 9% in the first month of eating pistachios for one serving a day, followed by a 12% drop the second month when they were eating to servings a day.
This study however didn’t show any improvement in HDL levels, which is the good cholesterol. That said, I was able to find other studies, such as this one this one performed on rats, which did show in increase in good cholesterol levels.
There are many different things that can affect sexual performance. While you may not think of cholesterol as being one of them, it can have an effect, although indirectly.
Another reason why pistachios are good for sex is because they are rich in antioxidants, which do wonders for sperm health.
In fact, 30 to 80% of infertility is thought to be the cause of oxidative stress. Most studies out there show that antioxidant supplementation improves sperm count, motility, and lessens DNA damage to sperm.
And of course most of the time you want to get your nutrients through a natural source, rather than taking pills and tablets. So in this ways pistachios are a great choice.
Like most knots, pistachios are rich in a variety of different antioxidants. Just to name a few, they contain good amounts of beta-carotene, lutein, flavonoids, magnesium and others.
Those are three reasons why pistachios are good for sex, but maybe you have heard that they decrease testosterone levels. If you Google test, you will find a good bit of information claiming that pistachios do indeed decrease testosterone levels and with this information it makes it all the harder to say whether or not you should be eating pistachios for sex.
The reason pistachios, along with some other nuts, decreased testosterone levels is because of a type of chemical contained called phytosterols. Studies show that high amounts of phytosterols do in fact lower test levels.
So then what the heck should you be doing?
Should you be avoiding pistachios so that your testosterone levels stay high or should you be eating pistachios to treat ED, lower cholesterol to increase blood flow and to increase sperm health?
With this contradicting information in mind, the debate on whether or not pistachios are good or bad for sex is still very much alive. And unfortunately, there just aren’t enough really good studies out there to come to a conclusive answer for this.
Does the good outweigh the bad or is it the other way around?
Well… There haven’t been that many direct studies around pistachios and sex, but those at 17 impotent men that were studied (mentioned in the beginning) saw improvements in every part of the International Index of Erectile Function… So it worked for them.
What it all comes down to is the particular situation that you are in. There are many different reasons for having erectile dysfunction or being bad and bad in general, and while pistachios may be able to help treat some people, they are going to help everyone.
But anyways… I hope you enjoyed this short post and found it helpful. If you like to, please share to help spread the word.
Also, leave any comments or questions down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Kyle is an avid health enthusiast that believes in nature as a cure-all. When he's not drinking spirulina smoothies or dealing with the horrible aftertaste of stevia, he is probably working out, researching healthy herbs, or dealing with hand cramps he gets from writing articles like this.