Coffee’s Effects on the Libido
The facts when it comes to drinking coffee to improve libido are interesting and feature some good news for men (as well as relatively good news for women). That said, coffee does have a very real effect on stimulation, libido, and sexual performance.
Coffee and Caffeine are Good for Men
According to a study conducted from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, men who struggle with erectile dysfunction just might want that second cup of Joe after all. The study was conducted with the help of 3,724 men, all over the age of 20 between 2001 and 2004. However, it wasn’t just limited to coffee consumption alone. It also measured the caffeine intake from tea, soda and sports drinks.
As it turns out, the men who took in 85 to 170 milligrams of caffeine day saw their erectile dysfunction reduce by 42 percent. Those who drank between 170 and 373 milligrams of caffeine a day, actually saw less reduction of erectile dysfunction — about 39 percent — which isn’t much to quibble over. These results were seen in all the men regardless if they were fit, overweight or hypertensive. However, those with diabetes saw no change (SCMP.com).
So, the good news of this study is that it suggests caffeine effects the penile arteries allowing more blood to flow through and make erections stronger.
Coffee and Caffeine are Good for Women — Within Reason
Women can benefit from coffee as well, and they don’t have to drink near as much to see results. According to Bel Marra Health women saw an increase in libido with just the occasional cup of coffee and those who preferred to drink if over ice were reported to achieve an orgasm more quickly.
Coffee and Estrogen
But it isn’t all good news. Coffee has been shown to increase estrogen — a female hormone — in both men and women. And too much estrogen can actually impact libido negatively. For men, drinking a lot of coffee can lead to prostatitis, an inflammation or swelling of the prostate gland. For women, studies have shown that just two cups of java a day can increase estrogen levels that can have negative effects with PMS and endometriosis. And heavy drinkers who consumed four or five cups of the stuff were said to have close to 70 percent more estrogen than women who drank a lot less. And too much estrogen will actually have a negative effect on libido (Macabido.com). As is with most things in life, moderation is important to good health.
It’s What You Put Into It
Still, many sources say that coffee is definitely good for libido but what you add to it can make all the difference in the world. There is even a “sex coffee” recipe. “Most of you can’t go a day without our morning coffee, and have always been told to cut it down,” say the editors of Curejoy.com. “Instead, let’s make it count and reap benefits out of it” (CureJoy.com). They even went as far as to publish a recipe for great sex using a mixture of maca, cacao, cinnamon, honey and coconut milk.
As best said by the CureJoy specialists, “Sex Coffee incorporates these five superfoods blending them unto a delicious latte. Try making it once a week and enjoying it as you have it. So, get added benefits from your morning coffee with a libido boost.”
While you won’t find this special blend at your local Starbucks, it’s pretty easy to make at home. According to Cure Joy, maca is a Peruvian herb taken from an Aztec root and ground into powdered form. The fertility-building herb is said to be good for both men and women as it may improve the quality of semen, reduce enlarged prostates and give relief to those in menopause.
The other ingredients are just as powerful. Raw cacao is said to be rich in antioxidants, cinnamon helps to lower high blood sugar and can give one more energy. Honey contains a mineral known to help increase testosterone while also metabolizing estrogen at the same time and coconut milk is full of healthy fats.
To make this blend, pour two-thirds cups of hot coffee into a bowl that contains one tablespoon of raw cacao, two tablespoons of coconut milk, one tablespoon of honey and a half teaspoon of cinnamon. Using a hand blender, whip until frothy. Then add one teaspoon of maca, blend again, dim the lights, turn on some soft music and see what happens.
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