Do you find that your desire to binge your favorite TV show is greater than your sex drive? If you fall into that category, your libido may require a little boost. There is no need to worry because roughly 15% of men and 32% of women lack the desire to have sex regularly. You are not alone, and the beautiful thing is that you can recharge your desires just by seeing what’s in your kitchen.
You don’t need to head out to purchase sexier lingerie to spice up your sex life. Head on over to the grocery store because eating the right foods can boost your confidence, stamina, and energy levels. Studies have shown that various foods can positively impact libido. Even if you don’t notice an immediate boost in desire, certain foods have a positive effect over time. Additionally, when you eat more of the foods in this article, they positively impact your health in other ways. Because this article is focused on libido, though, let’s explain how adding these foods to your diet can supercharge your sex drive.
When has adding avocado to your meal been a bad idea? Never, is the answer, in case you were searching for it. Avocados are naturally rich in vitamin B6, which may decrease premenstrual syndrome symptoms, including irritability, fatigue, and bloating. That may make it easier for women to get in the mood. For men, avocados may increase libido in a more indirect way. If you want more blood to pump to the penis, you need a healthy heart. Avocados are naturally rich in monounsaturated fats, which work to reduce bad cholesterol and inflammation, two things that lower the risk of stroke and heart attack. Reducing cholesterol and plaque build-up in the arteries makes it easier for the heart to pump blood where it needs to go when the mood strikes.
Is a hot cup of this delicious elixir the key to heating up your sex life, guys? According to research, green tea is rich in catechins, which are compounds that work to reduce belly fat and promote blood flow. Health experts explain that catechins work to improve blood flow in two ways. Catechins fight free radicals that damage and inflame blood vessels, which in turn allows blood vessels to transport blood more efficiently. Secondly, catechins cause blood vessels to release nitric oxide, ultimately increasing the size of blood vessels to improve blood flow. Healthier blood flow makes it easier for the penis to become erect.
An apple a day does not keep your libido at bay, or so a few studies indicate. Apples contain quercetin, which is a flavonoid that may play a role in managing symptoms of prostatitis, promoting circulation, and remedying symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED). A 2016 study found that men who had a higher fruit intake reported a 14% reduction in ED symptoms. A separate 2016 review reported that consuming 500 milligrams (mg) of quercetin helped lower blood pressure. In men, high blood pressure may lead to sexual dysfunction, as blood vessel damage impairs blood flow to the genitalia. For women, high blood pressure may decrease libido and cause them to lose interest in sex. Experts believe the reason for this is because high blood pressure causes fatigue, and reduced circulation to the vagina makes it more difficult to experience satisfaction.
Zinc is integral to a healthy male reproductive system. Not only does it assist with wound healing, maintaining eye function, and improving immunity, but it also helps to boost testosterone and sperm production. Several studies indicated that low zinc levels led to low testosterone. Zinc affects the cells in the testicles that produce testosterone and one study found that men who consumed 30 mg of zinc per day were able to increase free testosterone in the body. All this is to say that pumpkin seeds are some of the best plant-based sources of zinc. Next time you need a little testosterone boost, snack on some organic pumpkin seeds!
You have probably heard that oysters exhibit aphrodisiac properties. The reason for this is because they are naturally rich in zinc, being the richest food sources of the mineral. One serving of oysters provides you with 673% of the recommended daily intake of zinc. Studies show that zinc may be an integral nutrient for male fertility because it regulates testosterone levels. Additionally, zinc aids blood flow to sexual organs, which may improve your libido.