Are There Foods That Can Boost Sexual Desire?
Richard Gaines, M.D., FAARM, ABAARM
You have no doubt heard about oysters, and any number of other foods that are supposed be aphrodisiacs, or increase sexual desires. How many of these are true and how many are “urban myths?”
Generally speaking, good nutrition and a healthy diet, leads to a healthier sex life. However, you might be surprised to find out that there are indeed many foods that can naturally improve your sex drive.
Here is a list of seven foods that you can find in your ordinary market that can increase your libido.
1. Avocados – Avocados are a superfood, and they can power up your sex drive as well. They contain healthy fats, folic acid and vitamin B6, all of which help improve energy and stamina. B6 has been known to stimulate testosterone production in men.
2. Black Raspberries – The phytochemicals in black raspberries enhance both libido and sexual endurance.
3. Almonds – Almonds have been said to have aphrodisiac properties for centuries. In many ancient cultures, oils and perfumes made from almonds were used as “love potions.” Recent scientific studies seem to indicate that the ancients were on to something. Almonds are high in Vitamin E and zinc. Zinc is an essential nutrient for hormone production, and has been linked to sex drive in both men and women.
4. Watermelon – This one might surprise you, but watermelon may be good for not only cooling off your summer days, but for heating up your summer nights! A recent study suggested that citrulline, a nutrient in watermelon could have a Viagra-like effect.
5. Broccoli – Another superfood that is not only good for you, it can be good for your sex life. The Vitamin C in broccoli can improve blood flow, and several studies have linked this healthy cruciferous veggie to improved libido in women.
6. Ginseng Tea – If you are planning a special rendezvous in the evening, instead of your usual latte in the morning, switch to ginseng tea. Ginseng tea contains several compounds that can increase sexual desire in both men and women, and it has been specifically linked to improve erectile dysfunction in men.
7. Cloves – Want to spice up your sex life? Try adding this common spice to your cooking. Cloves have been used in ayurvedic, or Traditional Indian Medicine as an aphrodisiac for hundreds of years, and their effect on libido in both men and women, has been well-documented.
Of course there are many other factors that contribute to a healthy sex drive, such as overall health, maintaining proper weight, and reducing stress. But, adding a few of these foods to your shopping cart next trip to the market, might be a treat for the table, as well as the bedroom!