It has been widely acknowledged since the time of the ancient Greek that red wine bears aphrodisiacal properties and causes sexual physiological effects in both men and women. Now the reasons behind some of wine’s many phenomena are becoming more clear, as the isolation and identification of its over 500 discovered compounds provide a deeper insight as to which components prompt certain specific physiological responses.
At the time of this writing, red wine has been found to possess over 500 different compounds. Some of these are innocuous or at best indirect regarding sexual physiology, adding only flavor and scent attributes. Yet others, like resveratrol, have been proven to have a beneficial influence on cardiovascular health as well as sexual well being.
Although alcohol is a psychotropic drug and as such crosses the blood brain barrier, there are other factors in wine that specifically affect the neurology, libido and sexual chemistry of a human being, and possibly work synergistically with the alcohol to produce a broad range of effect. This is especially true regarding the sexual physiology of females.
For instance, research scientists at Turin and Florentine University in Italy performed a study of 798 sexually active women divided amongst three groups defined by varying amounts of consistent red wine consumption. This study measured the effects of that consumption upon sexual well being regarding criteria such as desire, excitability, lubrication function, orgasm, satisfaction, and painful sensations encountered during sex.
The researchers discovered that the group who consumed one to two glasses per day experienced greater degrees of excitability resulting in increased levels of lubrication in addition to heightened levels of general sexual gratification when compared to subjects who had abstained or consumed wine sporadically. As well, these subject were in an age group subset whose overall sexual drive is generally at a point of declination.
Although the exact mechanics of these improvements are still somewhat nebulous, empirical evidence strongly suggests these changes could be partly attributed to increased blood flow, a product of a flavanoid present in wine that increases endothelial output.
Red wine also contains a high proportion of poly-phenols, of which the full extent of their influence is still unknown. But despite this their implications could be seen as well evidenced, and will charge future studies with isolating and examining their exact implications.
Wine has long been associated with not only sexual health but a broad spectrum of cardiovascular benefits as well, and for as long as controlled studies continue to provide scientific evidence that corroborate what the wine drinker has been party to for millennia, its stock as a healthful dietary and sexual addition will only continue to rise.
The Journal Of Sexual Medicine, 09/09