Posted on May 22, 2019, 7 p.m.
The topic is generally the brunt of jokes and gets many laughs in movies and comedy routines, but a new study is highlighting a serious side: Frequent masturbation may significantly reduce a man’s risk of prostate cancer.
According to Harvard University researchers men who have 21+ orgasms a month could reduce their odds of prostate cancer by 33%; researchers concluded that more frequent rates of masturbation were associated with lower rates of prostate cancer.
31,925 men were surveyed regarding how often they engaged in self love, tracking the participants for 18 years recording which men developed prostate cancer; men were assessed the year before the questionnaire, when they were in their 20s, and again when they were in their 40s.
This is not the first study to find regular climaxes can help keep a man’s family jewel area healthy, but it is the first to come up with an actual solo sex quota. Despite all of the research experts don’t fully understand why orgasms are important to better health. Ejaculation is believed to help flush out toxins and bacteria which build up in the prostate.
Keep in mind hand shandies are not the only way to enjoy obtaining better health. Ian Kerner, PhD notes, “There isn't a difference in whether the ejaculation happens via masturbation or with a partner. So making sex a priority is also helpful.”
Benefits beyond the prostate flush include pleasure and relaxation. “It's an opportunity to engage in self-care. Masturbation can also be a healthy distraction mechanism and a natural way of regulating anxiety.”
Simply masturbating 21+ times a month is not enough to guarantee to avoid prostate cancer, but added to a healthy diet full of organic produce, getting enough sleep, managing stress, being active and exercising will go along way. Kerner recommends a plant based diet and incorporating plenty of fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as “consuming red foods such as tomatoes that are rich in lycopene, as well as soy products that contain isoflavones, along with getting regular physicals that include a prostate exam, and plenty of exercise.”
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