*Changes Valentine’s Day menu*
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you’re probably already thinking about what kind of date night dinner you can make for your special someone. Sure, you could go with a traditional dish—like steak and potatoes—or, if you really want to get lucky on V-Day, you could try... fish. (Yeah, we just went there, but please hear us out.)
You probably already know that eating fish is beneficial to your health. Previous research has linked eating seafood to better heart health, proper brain development, better mood, and increased immunity. But a new study has found that eating seafood may have some really unexpected benefits—namely having way more sex, and upping your fertility.
The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found when both partners consumed at least two servings of fish per week, they were 22 percent more likely to, well, have sex.
Researchers linked these benefits to "long-chain omega-3 fatty acids"—specifically from marine sources—and found a correlation with higher markers of fertility in both men and women (those who ate fish regularly had a 92 percent chance of conceiving in the first year.)
The study’s lead author, Audrey J. Gaskins, a research associate at Harvard, told The New York Times, “Seafood may help in semen quality, ovulation and other markers... or maybe these couples are the ones spending more time together. But if it’s fish that’s bringing them together, that’s still causal, although through a behavioral pathway, not a biological one.”
Additionally, omega 3 fatty acids—high levels of which are found in fish and other seafood—have been shown to reduce inflammation and increase blood flow (in your heart, and, um, other body parts, which could ultimately lead to better sex, according to experts.)
Lynn Edlen-Nezin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist who co-wrote Great Food, Great Sex: The Three Food Factors for Sexual Fitness, told NBC, “You can absolutely eat your way to better sex. As a rule of thumb, what’s good for the heart is good for the genitals,” she explains. “If your plumbing—your heart—is clear above the waist, you’ll also have better blood flow and more sensation below.”
The bottom line: If you want to get frisky with your partner, it can’t hurt to add a couple servings of fish to your weekly meal plan (even if it doesn’t work, you’ll be eating healthier, which is never a bad thing!)