The Ways Coconut Can Improve Your Sex Life

Not just for tropical drinks, coconut has several benefits in the bedroom

Three Lions / Getty Images

When you hear that coconut can improve your sex life, do you automatically think of drinking pina coladas while using coconut rubbing oil? Well, surprisingly, there are a lot more benefits from coconuts than just its tropical flavor and smell. From helping blood flow to prostate health, coconut offers many ways to ramp up the action in the bedroom.

Hydrates and Energizes

If you and your partner are looking for a good form of hydration for a marathon night of fun—or to simply stay up late enough to enjoy each other's company—look no further than coconut water.

Coconut water has naturally high levels of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes that your body needs to keep up its energy. Coconut water also keeps you hydrated, ensuring that you both have plenty of get-up-and-go.

Helps Keep the Blood Flowing

When your sex organs engorge with blood flow, the nerve endings become extra receptive and ready for pleasure. Coconut milk and flesh contains copper and vitamin C that the body uses to ensure elasticity of the blood veins, arteries, and skin. A good dose of coconut can keep the blood pumping so the body is supplied with plenty of oxygen.

Keeps the Prostate Happy 

The prostate is the male exocrine gland that secretes an alkaline fluid that, along with spermatozoa and seminal vesicle fluid, makes up semen. This alkaline fluid helps protect the sperm and ensures a proper level of fluidity in semen. The prostate also functions as a direct sexual organ when stimulated.

To properly function, the prostate needs plenty of zinc for DNA repair, defense against free radicals, and hormonal regulation. (In fact, the prostate uses more zinc than any other organ in the body.) Coconut meat, milk, and water all have incredibly high concentrations of zinc. Some research shows that zinc is important for the prevention of prostate cancer.

Men, remember that keeping your prostate happy means your sexual escapades will be all the more enjoyable.

Promotes Healthy Skin

Coconut contains high levels of vitamin E, which is necessary to keep skin healthy by encouraging cell signaling—a communication system in the cells that promotes repair, elimination of free radicals, homeostasis, and immunity. In simpler terms, vitamin E keeps your skin youthful, healthy and glowing. And when your skin is healthy and looking good, you feel more confident and ready to bare it all.

Lubricates Naturally

For those looking to avoid chemical lubricants, natural oils have always been a go-to remedy. Coconut oil is often minimally processed and almost always preservative free. In addition, coconut oil is known to have anti-fungal properties.

However, coconut oil shouldn’t be used for douching and, like all personal lubricants, it should be cleaned off after vaginal or anal intercourse. In addition, if you’re trying to conceive, you need to avoid using coconut oil as well as any other personal lubricants as these can affect the pH of the vagina and harm sperm cells. Be sure not to use coconut oil in conjunction with latex condoms as oil can cause breakage in latex.

Sweeten Things Up

Coconut contains high levels of numerous naturally occurring sugars. These sugars give the body energy and the ability to perform harder and faster. In addition, these sugars also make one's natural fluids taste sweeter. So maybe replace those chocolate covered strawberries with a bit of coconut.