You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Why red wine drinkers may have the best sex, according to science

INSIDER logoINSIDER 10/17/2017 (Kristin Salaky)

a woman holding a wine glass: woman drinking red wine © Provided by Business Insider Inc woman drinking red wine Everyone who drinks has a pick for what kind of alcohol they prefer — and what they avoid. But for better sexual health, there may only be one type of bottle to pick up at the store: red wine. 

Several studies have found that of all the alcoholic beverages you can have before sex, red wine is the only one that can actually enhance and improve your sexual experience. 

This can happen for a few reasons. One study, for example, found that red wine in moderation can boost your testosterone, a hormone that can increase your sexual desire. The key here is moderation, though, as the researchers found that drinking too much wine could actually tank your testosterone levels. Your best bet is to stick to a glass or two with dinner. 

Another study found that drinking a moderate amount of red wine actually increases blood flow to women's' erogenous zones, and could increase lubrication. The study also found that women who drank red wine had a higher sex drive than those who drank another type of alcohol. 

a close up of a wine glass: red wine © Provided by Business Insider Inc red wine

A study also found that polyphenols, which are found in red wine, as wells as berries and chocolate, can decrease instances of erectile dysfunction by 14%. If that wasn't enough, researchers also pointed out that red wine contains hhistamines, which can increase your sex drive. 

They key to take away here is drinking in moderation. If you chug a lot of red wine, that doesn't mean that your sex is going to be that much better. In fact, you'll likely make the situation that much worse. But if you're looking for a drink that will work in your favor on a romantic date, there's a reason why so many people reach for red wine. 

Slideshow: 18 signs it's not your libido (Provided by 

Your sex drive may not be the problem: <p>If having sex is the last thing on your mind, you may think your libido is to blame. Maybe you've tried to get in the mood but nothing seems to work. Or maybe, you've decided that physical intimacy isn't all that important to you anymore. Before you convince yourself that your days of naked bliss are done for, find out if there might be another more common culprit behind your dry spell.</p> 18 Signs It's Not Your Libido



image beaconimage beaconimage beacon