Science Says Drinking Beer Makes You Better at Sex

It's all about stamina and blood flow.

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Not only can beer theoretically extend your life, it can also make you better in bed. Although there are some downsides to chugging too many cold ones before getting it on (hello, beer goggles), a new study says a few beers before sex will last longer and perform better, the New York Post reports

In her new book, The Married Sex Solution: A Realistic Guide to Saving Your Sex Life, Dr. Kat Van Kirk, a clinical sexologist and marriage and family therapist, lists the many ways beer can improve a man's sex life. One benefit is that beer contains tons of phytoestrogens, which are proven to delay orgasm, thus giving men staying power. Dark beers such as stouts contain higher concentrations of iron, which improves blood flow to the penis. And the naturally occurring B vitamins and probiotics in beer ensure men won't feel sluggish during sex, Van Kirk says.

Even better, there's a brand of beer specifically designed to enhance sexual performance. According to Van Kirk, a beer called "50 Shades of Green" by Innis & Gunn, "uses ginseng, ginkgo, bilboa, and damiana to achieve increased sexual desire, blood flow, and nerve stimulation." So next time, before you make your move, knock back a Guinness or two.

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