Sex lives of women 'improved' by eating apples

Study finds women who eat the fruit are more likely to be sexually satisfied

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Eating apples every day can be beneficial to more than just a woman's health, a new study looking at sexual satisfaction has suggested.

An unusual study investigating what effect apples can have on the quality of women's sex lives found those who ate the fruit daily were more likely to have a better sex life.

Along with the numerous health benefits associated with apples, the fruit, like red wine and chocolate, contains polyphenols and antioxidants, which can help stimulate the blood flow to genitalia and potentially increase arousal.

Scientists at the Santa Chiara Regional Hospital in Trento discovered the more apples women ate, the higher their lubrication and sexual function – factors used to determine their sexual satisfaction.

Researchers asked 731 healthy sexually active women aged between 18 and 43 to complete the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) survey, as well as answer questions about their eating habits and daily apple consumption.

The women were split into two groups – those who ate apples more than once a day, and those who consumed less than one apple per day.

The study, published in the journal Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, found eating an apple every day was associated with higher FSFI scores – suggesting those women who ate apples had a better quality of sex life.

The researchers concluded: “This study suggests a potential relationship between regular daily apple consumption and better sexuality in our young women population.”