After Tuesday’s discussion, today, I want to share a ray of hope for the younger generation. And the results of another new study—aptly (and rather hilariously) named FERTINUTS—do just that.
In fact, as the acronym would suggest, this study points to at least one potential cure for the fertility crisis that’s been steadily crushing the sexual health of modern men. And that solution is… nuts.
I know, I know. Go ahead and get your laughs. But get a load of these results…
A clear benefit—without a clear cause
This randomized, controlled trial looked at a group of healthy young men—between 18 and 35 years old—for 14 weeks to see how consumption of nuts (in this case, a raw mix of walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts) influenced sexual function and sperm quality.
Researchers randomly assigned subjects to eat 60 grams of nuts (a little over two ounces) per day, or to stick with a typical nut-free Western diet.
Among the outcomes: Better sperm count and quality among the men who included nuts in their diet. But that’s not all these researchers looked for.
They also looked at two key markers of endothelial function—a key factor in erection quality. (Your endothelium is the lining of your blood vessels, and if it’s not working properly, those blood vessels won’t stay open and free flowing.)
These markers were E-selection (a molecule activated by immune cells) and nitric oxide (NO). And interestingly, researchers found no differences in either between the two groups of men. They also didn’t find any differences in erectile function or sexual satisfaction.
But they did find that the men who included nuts in their diet benefited from significantly better orgasmic function and higher sexual desire.
The researchers weren’t sure how to explain this benefit, given the fact that they didn’t observe changes in E-selection or NO. But even they concede that this doesn’t mean an effect wasn’t there.
A smart snack, either way
We know that E-selection mediates endothelial function by way of inflammation pathways in patients with diabetes. But in these men, it simply didn’t appear to carry the same importance—quite possibly because they were young and healthy.
After all, erectile dysfunction is only an issue for some two percent of men under 40 in the first place. The prevalence jumps to more than half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70… right about the time when endothelial function also declines.
And other research does show a link between nut consumption and improved endothelial function.
In fact, nuts are one of my favorite foods for exactly this reason. They’re nutrient-packed, boasting a high level of an amino acid called arginine—a key precursor to NO, which plays an important role in blood vessel dilation. (And consequently, erection formation—this is why so many ED supplements are arginine based.)
But the other reason this study caught my attention is because I’m seeing more younger men with ED than ever before. I’ve always just chalked it up to a testosterone crisis. Clearly, though, diet plays a role—and not a small one, either.
That said, even if all the researchers did was improve your orgasms and amp up your sexual desire… isn’t that reason enough to eat more nuts? Either way—and at any age—nuts are good for your “nuts.”
So guys, don’t leave the supermarket without them…
P.S. It’s obviously no secret that nuts have major health benefits. And I discussed these benefits in detail in the May 2015 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“The once-a-week secret to a longer life”). Not yet a subscriber? No problem—all it takes is one click!
“More Nuts Improve Men’s Orgasmic Function, Sexual Desire.” Medscape Medical News, 08/09/2019. (medscape.com/viewarticle/916676)