Libido Boosting Foods: Eating for Better Sex
Experts agree: what a man eats has a huge impact on his sexual health and performance. Not only does better overall fitness lend itself to better bedroom performance, but certain foods can actually help you achieve optimal sex. Adding these sexual super foods to a well-balanced diet is one of the easiest – and tastiest – ways to give your love life a boost. Here’s a look at some of the most libido loving eats:
A healthy heart is essential to a healthy sex life. Salmon and similar cold-water fish like mackerel and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA and EPA. These acids help trigger arousal by raising levels of feel-good chemicals in your brain, including dopamine. What’s more, those same omega 3s help fight symptoms of depression – which is a big contributor to low sex drives in many men.
Believe it or not, this seemingly simple food is actually a fantastic way to give your love life a much-needed boost. Eating oatmeal is one of only a handful of ways to naturally raise your testosterone levels. This manliest of hormones plays a huge role in both a man’s sex drive and the intensity of his orgasms. Additionally, oatmeal contains an amino acid known as L-arginine. By enhancing the effects of nitric oxide in the body, L-arginine has actually been used to treat erectile dysfunction. Much like a certain little blue pill, it can help relax the muscles surrounding the blood vessels in the penis, leading to increased blood flow and a longer-lasting, firmer erection. And the complex carbs in a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal will give you the energy you need to successfully make it through a long, sweaty bout of hot sex.
Oysters have long-held a place on many lust-inspired menus (probably because of their uncanny resemblance to female genitalia). But research suggests that their reputation as an aphrodisiac might just be well-founded, after all. Oysters and other shellfish contain unusually high levels of zinc. In fact, raw oysters contain more of this libido-enhancing mineral than just about any other food. Crucial to blood circulation and sperm production, zinc has also been shown to help with testosterone production, which is directly linked to male sexual function.
Along with other leafy greens like kale, bok choy, and Swiss chard, spinach is an excellent source of magnesium. Magnesium helps dilate blood vessels, which in turn leads to better blood flow to the genitals. Looks like Popeye knew what he was talking about after all.
More and more men are coming to a realization that women have had for centuries: chocolate just makes you feel good. Dark chocolate is especially sensual, as it contains the highest amount of phenylethylamine. This is the compound that triggers endorphins in your brain. The same endorphins triggered by activities like kissing and sex. In fact, eating chocolate – or more accurately, sharing chocolate – can actually increase feelings of attraction and desire between two people. So go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth before hitting the sheets.
By Veronika Lazabal