Can Going Vegetarian Really Improve Your Sex Life? – Forbes

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Culturally, meat has long been perceived as a symbol of dominance and virility. But are meat eaters actually having more and better sex? Not according to a recent survey.

British dating website, illicitencounters.com recently conducted a survey on 1000 people—500 meat eaters and 500 vegetarians (38 per cent of which identify as vegans)— to determine who is having a better time in bed. The findings reveal that 84 per cent of vegetarians reported satisfaction with their sex lives, compared to only 59 per cent of meat eaters (95 per cent of the vegan participants said they were satisfied).

Dietary preference was also connected with sexual frequency. Fifty-seven percent of vegetarians reportedly have sex 3-4 times per week as compared to 49 percent of meat-eaters, who claimed to be having sex 1-2 times per week.

Responses to the survey also revealed marked differences in sexual attitudes and tastes between meat eaters and vegetarians, with vegetarians coming out on top.

But is there any science to back up these claims? On a number of levels, yes.

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According to the Minnesota Department of Health, “sexual health includes emotional, psychological, physical, intellectual and spiritual dimensions.” Habits that improve physical and psychological health, for example, should also improve sex.

Here is what scientists have to say, in support of the findings:

Plant-based diets are better for “mood”

A 2012 study reported in Nutrition Journal, indicates that “restriction of meat, fish, and poultry in omnivores improves mood.” Researchers conducted a randomised controlled trial with 39 adults and found evidence of differences in stress scales and mood states between meat eaters and plant eaters. The researchers concluded that a polyunsaturated fatty acid by the name of arachidonic acid, present in animal fats, promotes “changes in the brain that can disturb mood.”

Many vegetarian foods such as bananas, oats and kale also contain chemicals such as melatonin, serotonin and tryptophan that are conducive to sleep and relaxation whereas, a 2018 study in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine revealed that diets high in processed meats are associated with sleep apnea. Sleep and relaxation are associated with a better mood as well as higher energy and endurance.

Plant-based diets might enhance endurance

Researchers at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine have indicated that a vegan diet can enhance athletic performance by improving cardiovascular health, reducing blood pressure and cholesterol and promoting weight loss. While there is no direct reference made by the committee to sexual performance, the list of benefits attributed to athletic performance are also beneficial to sexual health, performance and overall confidence.

Plant-based diets can provide relief to men suffering from erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects as many as a third of all men over the age of 40. Aaron Spitz, M.D., Urologist and author of ‘The Penis Book,’ explains that one of the primary causes of ED is inhibited blood flow due to narrowing of the arteries and suggests that a plant based diet and exercise regimen, can provide permanent relief from ED. To prove his theory, Dr. Spitz performed an experiment in the documentary, The Game Changers, in which three elite college athletes were fed meat and plant-based diets on two separate days. A device was used to monitor their erections while they slept. The vegan diet resulted in elevated frequency, longevity and harder erections for all three athletes.

A 2019 review entitled, ‘Plant-Based Diets for Cardiovascular Safety and Performance in Endurance Sports,’ indicates that elevated cardiovascular risks faced by endurance athletes, including atherosclerosis (plaque building up inside arteries) and myocardial damage (decreased blood flow to the heart) can be mitigated by a plant based, dairy free diet— thus providing support for Dr. Spitz’ claims.

Plant-based diets enhance physical appearance and general well-being

A  2019 review published in journal, Translational Psychiatry, reveals overwhelming evidence (more than 205 studies) of the “beneficial effects of plant-based diets over conventional diets on weight status, energy metabolism and systemic inflammation in healthy participants, obese and type-2 diabetes patients.” Plant based diets are generally more nutritious and better for digestion, which leads to a healthier physical appearance and overall health.

In support of the survey findings, IllicitEncounters.com sex and relationships expert, Jessica Leoni by-passes the medical evidence, and says “‘Vegetarians eat foods that are known for their aphrodisiac properties, of course they’re more aroused.”

While scientists have said that there is no scientific validity to the notion that certain foods stimulate sex organs, the physical and psychological benefits of plant-based diets are directly related to improvements in overall health, with positive implications for sexual health and other lifestyle factors.

Source: Thanks https://www.forbes.com/sites/daphneewingchow/2020/09/30/can-going-vegetarian-really-improve-your-sex-life/