Men who favour a pint as their regular tipple will be pleased to hear scientists have made a compelling argument that drinking beer could help you perform better in bed.
According to sex expert Dr Kat Van Kirk, beer provides men with four different benefits beneath the sheets, Medical Daily reports.
Firstly, sloshing down a couple of brews can delay premature ejaculation as phytoestrogens in alcohol overload the body and are proven to delay orgasm, according to Dr Van Kirk.
Drinking darker beers can also act as an aphrodisiac, boosting the libido and giving longer, more intense erections. The iron in darker beer helps red blood cells create haemoglobin, which carries oxygen around the body. This improves circulation and gives a stronger erection says Dr Van Kirk.
The third benefit of beer drinking is an increase in sexual stamina, according to research published in the European Journal of Epidemiology.
The study found 31 per cent of moderate beer drinkers had reduced risk of cardiovascular disease compared to non-drinkers. This means beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from heart attacks, strokes or heart disease, according to the study, and when paired with exercise, beer helps keep your heart healthier, giving you more cardio endurance.
Finally, Dr Van Kirk says probiotics and B vitamins in beer “can help fortify your overall health" and settle the stomach meaning men are less likely to "feel sluggish during sex” after a cold one.
Brewers have even concocted a pint specifically aimed to get you feeling frisky. Named '50 Shades of Green' and developed earlier this year by Scottish brewers Innis & Gunn, it is made up of 50 kinds of hops as well as other ingredients claimed to have stimulating properties.
The beer also contains ginseng which the brewers claim will “get your sex drive firing on all cylinders”; ginkgo to “get blood pumping to all the right places"; and nerve damiana “to help hit the sweet spot”, The Grocer reports.
Beer-lovers should be warned, however, that in order to reap the rewards of your pints in the bedroom, experts stress beer should only be drunk in moderation.
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