An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a new study reveals it also boosts sexual pleasure in women. Italian researchers, who published their findings in the journal of Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, have found apples have the ability to sexually stimulate arousal in women.

Researchers evaluated the apple to sex appetite of 731 healthy Italian women from 18 to 43 years old. After splitting them up into two different groups, one that ate apples more than once a day, and another group who ate less than one a day, they were asked to fill out a Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI).

The FSFI survey asked them to answer 19 questions about their sexual activeness from the frequency of their sexual engagements to the overall satisfaction. Those who ate more apples had increased lubrication and sexual function. According to the study, "daily apple use is associated with higher FSFI scores in sexually active female patients, thus increasing their lubrication and overall sexual function."

The researchers think the reason behind the sexually stimulating apple consumption may be because apples contain phloridzin, a key compound that mimics the female sex hormone estradiol, which plays a huge role in vaginal lubrication and female sexuality.

In addition, apples may improve sexual function because of all the polyphenols and antioxidants they contain, which help stimulate blood flow to the genitalia and vagina, making it easier to climax. Guess what else contains sexually stimulating polyphenols and antioxidants? Red wine and chocolate have also been known to help women become aroused, and also have heart healthy benefits in previous studies thanks to the resveratrol compound found in both.

“This study suggests a potential relationship between regular daily apple consumption and better sexuality in our young women population,” the researchers conclude.

Aside from the sexual stimulation, you can reap plenty of other benefits from apples. The bountiful benefits, for example, can be attributed to apple’s high-fiber content to protect against Parkinson’s disease. Eating one also helps achieve a whiter smile by producing more saliva to reduce teeth decay. It can detox your liver by clearing toxins with fruits, and one study found women who ate an apple a day decreased their risk of diabetes by 28 percent.

Source: Bartoletti R, Malossini G, Cai T, et al. Apple consumption is related to better sexual quality of life in young women. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2014.