Best and Worst Foods for Sex
It can take more than just a few candles and a Marvin Gaye song to feel sexy. A healthy lifestyle—from the food you eat to the exercise you do—can make you look and feel better, and improve your sex life, too. At the same time, some foods can be mood- and libido-killers.
“The link between food and sex drive isn’t just wishful thinking” says Cynthia Sass, RD, author of S.A.S.S Yourself Slim .”Studies show that certain foods or nutrients do play a role in boosting libido and supporting a healthy sex life.”
Here are a variety of foods that can put some sizzle—or fizzle—in your sex life.
We’ll say it: Strawberries are sexy. Here’s why. Good circulation is thought to be crucial for sexual functioning in both men and women, and strawberries are rich in antioxidants that benefit your heart and arteries.
What’s more, they’re rich in vitamin C, which along with antioxidants, has been linked to higher sperm counts in men. Try dipping the berries in dark chocolate, which contains methylxanthines that may activate the libido.
A glass of wine can make you feel relaxed and chatty on a date, and it’s the social lubricant that often gets strangers talking to one another in a bar.
But in reality, alcohol can be one of the worst things for your love life. Too much alcohol dampens sexual desire, decreases arousal and sensitivity, and may lower inhibitions leading to unsafe decisions about sex.
These superfruits are rich in vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties, potassium, and vitamin B6, which may prevent or delay heart disease and promote better blood flow.
They’re also a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Anything that helps your heart and circulation can also be critical for a healthy sex life. Men with heart disease are twice as likely to have erectile dysfunction because both conditions can result from artery damage.
Almonds contain zinc, selenium, and vitamin E, which are vitamins and minerals that seem to be important for sexual health and reproduction.
Selenium can help with infertility issues and, with vitamin E, may help heart health. Zinc is a mineral that helps produce men’s sex hormones and can boost libido.
Blood flow is important for your sex organs, so choosing good fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in almonds, is a good idea.
If you enjoy a meat-heavy diet than is essential for you to know that meat has high content of saturated fat and cholesterol which leads to several health diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems. It also affects blood circulation and sexual function.
Additionally, according a study published in 2006 in Chemical Senses, eating meat contributes for the unpleasant body odor. The study included 17 men who ate either a meat or non-meat diet within 2 weeks and then switched. The study showed that women are more attracted in men who ate non-meat diet, since it doesn’t produce that unpleasant body odor, than in those who eat meat-diet who tend to have unpleasant body odor, especially in their armpits.
High blood pressure increases the risk of erectile dysfunction. Sweet potatoes are considered as the most effective alleys in the fight against high blood pressure due to their rich abundance of potassium.
They are highly beneficial for those with infertility (but not yet proven) because they are rich in beta-carotene and provide body with vitamin A.
Sesame seeds are an excellent source of beneficial minerals such as zinc which is considered to improve the sexual health due to its ability to help testosterone and sperm production in men. Have you ever tried oysters? They are also great source of zinc, says Sass.
She suggests mixing them into granola or sprinkling them into a healthy stir-fry.
Another great source of zinc are the Kellogg’s All Brain Complete Wheat Flakes, one serving (3-4 cup) has more than 100% of the recommended daily intake. Therefore you should considering cereals as regular breakfast meal.
Watermelon is one of the most delicious and most common eaten fruit in the summer. Contains no calories, but is high in phytonutrients known as potential libido boosters.
When it comes to reviving up your sex drive, watermelons play an important role due to their rich content of lypocene; citrulline and beta-carotene that help relax blood vessels, according to a 2008, Texas a&M research.
If you want to improve your sex life, then you should definitely exclude fatty foods from your diet. Fried and fast foods contain high amounts of saturated and trans fat which are bad for your heart and hinder the blood flow due to a fatty plaque build-up in the arteries.
Fried potatoes, such as French fries lead to serious health diseases, including type 2diabetes which is strongly linked to sexual health problems in both men and women.
According Sass, the type of oil you use to fry food plays a key role. Always fry your food in a liquid plant oil rather than partially hydrogenated oil, so as the food would be very low in saturated fat.