Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West

Jul 24. 2 mins


As divers, many of us prefer to swim with fish, rather than eat them. However, if you love your seafood, perks include the health benefits of protein, Vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. According to recent scientific studies, you might be in for a sexual treat as well.

How Seafood Could Boost Your Sex Life and Baby-Making Power

We all know that oysters have long been the rulers of aphrodisiac foods. Mainly, it’s because they’re a rich source of zinc, which is a superhero when it comes to sperm and testosterone production. However, to date, studies that prove eating seafood actually increases your sex drive aren’t conclusive.

Researchers from Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health conducted a study proving that eating fish can indeed increase the desire for getting it on, as well as your ability to conceive. The researchers interviewed 501 couples who were trying to have a baby without medical help, across a year or until a couple got pregnant. All of the twosomes kept journals detailing their fish and shellfish consumption, plus how often they had sex.

What they discovered, is that couples who ate more than two servings of seafood a week had sex up to 22 percent more often. Furthermore, 92 percent of seafood-loving pairs were pregnant by the end of one year. What’s not really clear, is whether it’s the increased zinc or behavioural patterns that lead to getting hot and heavy. After all, sharing a seafood feast on a regular basis can be pretty sensual.

As for the increased pregnancy rates, omega-3 fatty acids in fish can help to improve ovulation, progesterone levels, semen and embryo quality.

Eating Sexy Seafood Sustainably

If you’re deciding whether or not you should eat seafood, you’re not alone, especially within the diving community. Fish have, however, played a starring role in the human diet for millennia and many people today still rely on seafood industries for survival.

It’s true that destructive fishing practices have, and are seriously damaging sensitive habitats. A huge number of fish species have been exploited to the point of extinction, not to mention other marine wildlife accidently caught up in the frenzy for the day’s catch. Fish farming isn’t always the key either, as it can damage the environment if not approached responsibly.

So, how can you eat fish without contributing to empty seas? You can choose seafood from the most sustainable sources and, in doing so, impact demand for it. The World Wildlife Fund for Nature, for example, offers seafood guides for a range of countries and Ocean Wise has a classification system to let you know what’s a good choice, or not. The UK’s Marine Conservation Society offers the Good Fish Guide free app, for sustainable seafood advice on the go.

Always ask where the fish you’re eating is caught or farmed and if the info isn’t readily available, move on. Fishing methods with a lower environmental impact include hand-lining, reef nets, and rod-and-reel. That way, you can have your fish and eat it too – while hopefully reaping the rewards of seafood’s sexy side.

What’s your opinion on eating seafood and sustainable practices? Let us know, in the comments below.


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