Two experts,, on Monday, in Lagos, advised men to eat date fruits, saying its consumption would enhance their sexual performance and increase their libido.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) that date fruits, when taken appropriately by men, could also improve health conditions in many other ways.
Dr Aminu Kazeem, a sexual health therapist, who works at Energy for Sex Clinic in Lagos, said men who had performance problems should incorporate dates in their diet.
He said: “A date fruit is a one-seeded fruit of the date palm tree, which is botanically known as Phoenix dactylifera and belongs to the family of Palmae (Arecaceae) plant.
“The common English names are dried dates, dates, date palm, etc; usually oblong, with varying sizes, shapes, colours, consistencies and quality.
“Eating dates will promote sperm quality and quantity as it is one of the best natural fruits used for male fertility.
“It also increases the size of testes in men and the size of breast in women.
“Consuming the fruit can help to treat sexual disorders because it is a natural aphrodisiac.”
He explained that dates contained high levels of estradiol and flavonoid which aid sperm motility and increase sperm count.
He also urged men who want to improve their masculinity to eat the fruit, stressing that “sexual health is important for both husband and wife for a good and everlasting relationship.”
A nutritionist, Mrs Toyin Adeola, also said eating dates could treat sexual impotence, help to improve sexual activities and increase the production of sex hormones.
She added that the fruit was good for the health of both males and females.
She said: “Date contains many vitamins and minerals, which are essential to boost sexual power, even in older persons.
“The fruit is packed with amino acids for sexual stamina, as well as a good dose of fruity sugars which make them sweet.”
The nutritionist, who described the best way it could be taken to achieve best result, however, advised diabetic patients to seek doctor’s advice before consuming dates.
She said “It is advisable to remove the seed and grind seven or eight pieces of dates and soak in water for about two to three hours.
“Add one glass of milk and one teaspoon of honey and drink at least once a day to boost sexual power.”
She also advised both men and women to eat natural foods that could enhance sexual stamina than taking pills made with chemicals which might harm sexual health.
NAN reported that the fruit was very popular in the market, especially where they hawked fruits.
Date fruit is popular in the Northern part of the country and can be seen being hawked along with tiger nuts.