Almonds have been prized since ancient times as one of humankind’s most beloved nuts. Popular in the diets of ancient Egyptians and Indian populations, ancient Indian Ayurvedic practitioners even believed that almonds were capable of increasing brain capacity, intellectual ability and longevity.

Today, almonds nutritional benefits are widely known and they are used in numerous ways such as consuming them as a raw healthy snack; to the core ingredient in almond butter, almond milk or almond flour; and even in many body lotions and fragrances.

But what’s less widely known is that almonds are a sex boosting superfood. Its combination of zinc, selenium, copper, potassium, manganese and vitamin E. Selenium can help with infertility issues while vitamin E may help heart health. Zinc is a mineral that helps produce men’s sex hormones and can also boost libido. The omega-3 fatty acids in almonds are also beneficial to blood flow that also enhance sex.

In addition, almonds are a good source of plant-based protein. Various studies have shown their ability to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. One study concluded that eating nuts at least 4 times per week could reduce risk of coronary heart disease by as much as 37%.

Cholesterol reduction is the most celebrated health benefit of almonds, but there are many other vital health benefits. Almonds are low in saturated fatty acids, rich in unsaturated fatty acids, and contain filling fiber, unique and protective phytosterol antioxidants as well as plant protein.

And don’t fear the fat in almonds — almonds are actually beneficial when it comes to losing weight, despite their higher calorie content. One study even found that almonds consumed as snacks reduce hunger and desire to eat later in the day, and when dieters eat almonds daily they reduce their overall calorie intake.

So long live the almond and love live those who consume it regularly!