Drinking beer might make you better at sex
If you're getting into the full swing of Oktoberfest, you'll be happy to know your beer drinking may be doing more than making you giddy. It may be giving you significant prowess in the bedroom, if you're a man, that is.
According to a new book by Dr. Kat Van Kirk called The Married Sex Solution: A Realistic Guide to Saving Your Sex Life, beer could be your answer to a somewhat stalled love life. Now before you get all excited, know that most of this is conjecture on her part. However she does cite one particularly interesting Italian study that shows how men can last longer if they've had a beer, or two, or three.
She does explain the science behind how beer can increase a man's stamina though, and it seems to make sense. According to the site AskMen.com she says that the phytoestrogens from the alcohol in beer work to delay ejaculation in men. This goes against the popular notion that drinking a lot of alcohol can increase a man's risk of erectile dysfunction, but her claim is actually backed by science, although she doesn't reference it.
A 2009 study conducted by Western Australia's Keogh Institute for Medical Research found that 1,580 Australian men who drank a moderate amount had 30 percent fewer erectile dysfunction issues than abstainers. This directly supports research Dr. Van Kirk does cite that states beer drinking can improve men's heart health.
Researchers at Italy's Fondazione di Ricerca e Cura looked at a data set of over 200,000 people, and found that moderate beer drinkers have a 31 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. This is equal to the benefits previously noted for moderate wine drinkers. That means that men who drink beer moderately have healthier hearts overall, which suggest they can have better physical stamina in bed. They will also have lower risks of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, but those are just secondary benefits.
However, all these perks go away once you cross the beer drinking threshold. It is difficult to determine an average for this since everyone's alcohol limits are different, and it doesn't always have to do with body size and weight. Augusto Di Castelnuovo, the head of the Italian research, says once they increased alcohol intake, all the cardiovascular benefits went out the window. This is also when erectile dysfunction can come back into play.
One claim Dr. Van Kirk makes which is somewhat dubious is that the iron in darker beers can increase a man's libido and give him more intense, long-lasting erections. Sure, there may be higher counts of iron and even vitamin B in dark beers like Guinness, but their effects on the human body take time to develop. It's not like what happens when you take Viagra — 30 minutes later you're hard as a rock. Vitamins need to build up in your system, and one beer, no matter how large, is not going to turn you into Popeye the Sailor Man, sexually speaking.
However it's nice to know that drinking pumpkin ale this fall has the potential to do a lot more for your man than just give him a beer belly.