By Sarah Barns
There are a number of reasons why your sex life may have lost it’s sizzle …. but you can help put the va-va-voom back into the bedroom with these lust-inducing foods.
The name for this South American fruit derives from the Aztec language Nahuatl, in which it meant “testicle” – a name chosen for the fruit’s unusual shape.
It may seem like a bit of a stretch to us, but avocadoes do have some sexy benefits. They are rich in unsaturated fats, making them very heart-healthy.
And a healthy heart keeps the blood flowing to all the right places. Men with underlying heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, so feel free to add some extra avocado slices to your salads.
These healthy nuts are said to act as a sexual stimulant and a fertility aid, so if you’re trying for a baby, start snacking.
They are rich in nutrients and in several minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction, including zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. Zinc can also help enhance sexual desire.
Don’t forget to bring this mouth-watering dessert on your next picnic.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin B, which has been linked to high sperm counts in men.
Go one step further and coat them in chocolate, as it is full of libido-boosting methylxanthines.
These small fruits pack some big benefits. They are bursting with calcium, iron, potassium, and more of that stimulating zinc.
They are also packed with fibre, which boosts heart health and satisfies hunger without adding to your waistline.
Poached, scrambled or fried, eggs are sure to rev you up after a long day at work.
They are full of protein, which keeps you going without packing on the calories.
They’re also an excellent source of amino acids, which combat certain types of heart ailments as well as erectile dysfunction.
The classic aphrodisiac! Research conducted by the American Chemical Society showed that oysters contain compounds that raise testosterone and oestrogen levels.
This hormone boost can translate into heightened sexual desire and stamina. These slimy creatures are another source of zinc to help aid blood flow to the genitals in both genders.
NUTS AND SEEDS
A very easy addition to any salad that can have your sex life rocketing from luke-warm to hot hot.
Cashews and almonds are full of zinc, whilst walnuts are high in omega-3. This may make you instantly think of fish but the essential fatty acids found in omega-3 help with sexual response by raising dopamine levels in the brain that trigger arousal. They’re also important for energy, memory, mood, and libido.
The nutrient citrulline, found in watermelons can have a Viagra-like effect on the body as it boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels.
This is the same effect that Viagra has to treat erectile dysfunction.
We used to enjoy picking them off the bushes when we were younger and now these berries can keep bedroom boredom at bay. This phytochemical-rich food enhances both libido and sexual endurance.
Consuming too much coffee on a regular basis leads to over-stimulation of the adrenal glands, flooding the body with hormones normally produced in times of stress.
These hormones negatively impact libido and sexual performance. As an alternative, try ginseng tea which contains the ginsenoside compound that increases sexual satisfaction and can prevent erectile dysfunction.
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