Every man and woman wants to be the best when it comes bedroom activity, but not everyone can cope with the demands. Many are shooting blank and do not know how to help themselves. K. Aleisha Fetters leads us through as she unveils the food that will help you boost your sexual drive. Simon McNeil contributed to this article.
1. Steak and Eggs
If you haven’t yet made friends with fat and cholesterol (did you know the American Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committeedropped its recommendation that you should limit dietary cholesterol?) now’s the time.
“Cholesterol is at the top of the hormone pathway, and it’s needed for hormone production. If we drive our cholesterol down into the ground because we refuse to eat any fat, guess what just might go with it? Yeah, your libido,” says Mass.
Meanwhile, both steak and eggs contain zinc, which is also needed for testosterone production. “I don’t want guys who have low sex drives to be vegans,” says Paduch, who prescribes his patients high-protein diets. “Diets high in carbohydrates spur excess insulin release that is linked with fatigue and low s*x drive.
2. Red Wine, Blueberries, Artichokes, and Pomegranates
Over time, free radicals can do a number on your blood vessels, upping your risk of atherosclerosis and preventing blood from going where you want it, Mass says. Antioxidants can help keep your blood vessel walls healthy, flexible, and ready to get blood where it needs to go.
Hence why, in a 2009 Journal of Sexual Medicine study, women who drank a glass of red wine (which is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols) each day reported greater sexual desire and vaginal lubrication compared to those who didn’t. Now you have a new reason to go on that wine-tasting weekend with your girlfriend.
Many different nuts have alleged aphrodisiac properties, many of which have been used in love potions and serums for thousands of years. Walnuts have been used in Roman times for fertility and pine nuts have been adopted for similar purposes for 2000 years through the Mediterranean and the East. Some nuts are also rich in zinc, so like oysters, they can treat zinc deficiency impotence.
Ginkgo nuts are widely used in Chinese herbal medicine even to this day to stimulate, among other things, erotic desires. One of the few true aphrodisiacs, ginkgo nuts are a powerful antioxidant; this makes them an excellent source of nutrition for stimulating blood circulation and invigorating stagnating bodies.
For a long time, people believed that celery’s aphrodisiac properties were a myth. Today we know that it contains androsterone, a hormone naturally produced in males that stimulates sexual arousal in females. Whether or not this hormone found in celery actually affects the body is still unclear. But hey, the vegetable has it so it’s a plus, and further studies are being conducted.
5. Coffee and Chocolate
Coffee is considered an aphrodisiac in many traditions but there is very little proof that it actually has any effect on the libido. Coffee — like any caffeine-rich food — stimulates the body, which is why it’s usually mistaken for sexual arousal.
That might be why chocolate is considered an aphrodisiac.Two doctors once discovered that chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a chemical that releases “feel good” endorphins. But later studies have proven that even though chocolate has this ability, it does not significantly affect the brain in any way. Luckily for the myth, chocolate also contains caffeine, so it can give you the impression that you are aroused by waking you up a bit.