Why is there so much information that claim oysters help sexual health for men? Recently, a friend of mine even said that they can help you last longer in bed.
With so much noise, it is hard to really understand what oysters are even beneficial for as it relates to sexual health.
Is there any evidence that eating oysters help with premature ejaculation or other sexual dysfunctions?
Oysters are a good source of zinc, and in fact, have the highest concentration of zinc found in any food.
Just 3 ounces of oysters contain 74 mg of zinc or 673% the recommended daily value (11 mg). In comparison, red meat (beef chuck roast) contains 7 mg or 64% the recommended daily value.
While there are limited studies that research the effect of nutrients and premature ejaculation, those that exist concur that consuming zinc through foods or supplements will not help you last longer.
It’s more likely that a magnesium deficiency could play a larger role in earlier than desired ejaculation times, but again, the research is very limited.
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Since oysters contain large levels of zinc you would mostly see benefits from the elevated levels of this element.
Some studies suggest zinc is a necessary element for many physical processes related to sexual health, including:
While you can get zinc through many sources, like avocados and oats, oysters are rich in it.
Zinc modulates testosterone, which may have some sexual health benefits for men, but eating oysters or taking a zinc supplement will not treat premature ejaculation.
Better treatment options for premature ejaculation exist.
Instead, try a male delay spray or one of the many exercises that have been proven to help.
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