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The role of raisins in sexual health

Last updated on: June 2, 2012 10:46 IST

The role of raisins in sexual health

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Including raisins in your everyday diet is a great way to ensure that your sexual health is on track!

Raisins are packed with many essential nutrients that play an important role in keeping an individual sexually active and thriving.

Raisins are rich in Vitamin A, selenium, potassium, iron and Vitamin B, and they also contain high levels of arginine and polyphenolic phytonutrients. In the following pages, we elaborate upon how each of these is important when it comes to sex.

The role of Vitamin A in sexual health

Studies have shown that Vitamin A deficiency can cause impotency. This is because it plays a very important role in progesterone synthesis -- and progesterone controls the entire menstrual cycle in women.

Vitamin A also helps in keeping the inner lining of a woman's vagina and uterus healthy, without any damage. This nutrient plays a key role in maintaining epithelial tissues and women should include raisins in their diet for this very reason.

In males, Vitamin A deficiency can cause atrophy in the testicles and decrease the overall production of sex hormones.

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The role of Vitamin B in sexual health

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Vitamin B deficiency can affect a person's metabolism and bring down the overall amount of energy produced within the body. This vitamin is responsible for the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates and inadequate amounts of it in the daily diet can result in constipation, lethargy and fatigue.

You'll need to eat Vitamin B-rich food items like raisins to maintain your sex drive.

Women should also include a lot of Vitamin B, including folic acid in their diet, as these components help get them pregnant.

It helps in keeping the skin healthy as well and this can positively contribute to your sex life.

Vitamin B deficiency can also cause problems in the digestive system and in the nervous system, and this can affect your sexual life indirectly.


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The role of selenium in sexual health

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Selenium is a very important mineral that's essential for maintaining your sexual health.

Studies have shown that this mineral can help in improving the quality of sperm produced. Selenium can't increase the sperm count, but it can surely help with motility, improving the chances of conception in this way.

Selenium helps in boosting the immune system and protecting the heart against any diseases or disorders as well, so there are many advantages (other than sexual ones) involved with maintaining a proper selenium intake.

Selenium is present in semen, so men lose this mineral in a regular manner. Adding raisins to the daily diet can keep the body well supplied with selenium.


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The role of arginine in sexual health

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Not much is known about arginine, which is a critical component that can define your sexual performance. Arginine helps in the production of nitric oxide, and this component is essential for proper blood flow throughout the body.

Nitric oxide also plays a major role in maintaining male erections. It helps in relaxing the blood vessels in the genital region, facilitating blood flow to the penis in this way.

Not only does it help males, it helps females by regulating the blood flow to their genitals too. Basically, arginine performs the same action as Viagra, and the only difference lies in the fact that it's natural and for this reason, much safer.

Very few food items contain good quantities of arginine and raisins are one among them.


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The role of antioxidants in sexual health

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Raisins are packed with antioxidants, and these components help keep the body young by slowing down the aging process and beefing up its immunity.

Antioxidants can help in reducing the risk of contracting cancer and they can also help in removing all toxins from the body.


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