Now that the cooler months are rolling in, it’s plausible more people will be hunkering down with a bottle of cozy red wine over its chillier counterparts. And that is actually a really good thing because red wine, it turns out, is excellent for the sex drive.
That’s got to be at least one reason why most babies are born in late summer, right?
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Everyone knows booze is called “social lubricant” for good reason. It helps us loosen up and relax and go with innocent urges we might otherwise deem too risky when we’re totally sober. A glass or two is the perfect push we give ourselves when we want to impress, have fun and/or feel Olivia Pope level confident.
It also helps us have really great sex (well, as much as it can).
Italian researchers learned awhile ago that red wine has compounds that increase a person’s sex drive.
According to VinePair:
What the researchers uncovered was that the red wine specifically increased blood flow to women’s erogenous areas, which in turn led to increased levels of desire. The researchers were quick to point out, however, that after more than a drink or two the other effects of alcohol began to take hold, which led to a less pleasurable experience. Moderation, it seems, is key.
Red wine has also been found to boost testosterone levels in men. According to researchers from London’s Kingston University:
…a compound in red wine, known as quercetin, partially blocked the action of an enzyme called UGT2B17, which looks for testosterone and then sends a message to the kidneys to excrete it.
The team of researchers also found the results were the same for red wine extract in supplement and food forms. Many plant-based foods such as apples, peppers, leafy greens and citrus fruits contain the same active compounds in red wine, such as quercetin.
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The next time you want to enhance date night without completely ruining it, split a bottle of wine with your lover and retreat to bed. Calling it a night after a couple of glasses each will help ensure you don’t wake up the next morning feeling completely destroyed. Nice and slow is the name of the game.