According to nutritionists, what a guy eats can have a massive effect on his sex life and making simple changes can spice it up. Charlie Turner and Lee Foster, founders of Neat Nutrition have come up with seven magic foods that can boost their libido, says News.com.au
So what are you waiting for? Head to the market ASAP! And when you go there, these are the items you should get so that you boost your sex drive.
1. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate increases serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, making us happy and then puts us in the “mood”. Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine – a compound that we have been shown to produce when we are in love. Given that stress can be strongly linked with a lower libido (sex drive), a few squares of dark chocolate daily is a good way to boost the passion.
These energy boosters increase libido and reverse impotence in men. Almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and peanuts provide the raw material for a man’s healthy production of hormones.
This one is surely a spoiler when it comes to intimacy but it contains high levels of allicin and increases blood flow which might help men with erectile dysfunction.
This green beauty can make you go red in bed. It helps by removing excess oestrogen, and in turn increasing testosterone. For example, celery contains androsterone, an odourless hormone released through male perspiration that acts as a turn-on.
If you like your foods like your lovers—sweet and spicy—you’re in luck. Ginger is another food that can improve your sex life by aiding blood flow and improving artery health. According to a study in the International Journal of Cardiology, consuming a mere teaspoon of the stuff a few times a week is all you need to reap the heart-healthy benefits. So go ahead and place that second order of sushi this week—just don’t leave the ginger on your plate.
The velvety texture of oats will make you slip in the pond of desires. Oats increase the amount of testosterone available in your bloodstream. Research at the San Francisco Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality found that including oats in your diet improved men’s libidos in just 8 weeks.
7. Whey protein
Proteins that keep the body going are good for the bed too. Protein helps in boosting testosterone levels and is rich in whey, vital for the manufacturing of testosterone.
8. Pomegranate Juice
A recent study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research and performed at the Male Clinic in Beverly Hills (yes, they’re both real) found that pomegranate juice had a positive effect on erectile dysfunction. Pomegranate has been linked with antioxidants that support blood flow. Just be sure to water your juice down a bit: One cup of POM Wonderful has a nasty 31 grams of sugar.
Watermelon has, even more, lycopene than tomatoes, and lycopene rivals Viagra in its ability to relax blood vessels and improve circulation to certain, ahem, areas of the body.
It turns out all those Starbucks daters may be on to something–coffee may just be the best libido booster around. It contains a stimulant that has been shown (in animal studies) to put females in the mood. Grab her a cappuccino and brace yourself for a long, lucky night.
The hotter they are, the better. Hot peppers increase your metabolism and stimulate endorphins, making you sweat, plumping your lips, and speeding up your heart rate. That gets the blood flowing to all the essential areas. The net result? Better sex and a more memorable finale. (If you’re planning on handling habañeros, however, make sure that you wash your hands before getting near sensitive body parts.)
12. Green Tea
The secret to a hotter nightlife starts with a hot cup of tea. Green tea is rich in compounds called catechins, which have been shown to blast away belly fat and speed the liver’s capacity for turning fat into energy. But that’s not all: Catechins also boost desire by promoting blood flow to your nether regions. Catechins kill off free radicals that damage and inflame blood vessels, increasing their ability to transport blood. Catechins also cause blood vessel cells to release nitric oxide, which increases the size of the blood vessels, leading to improved blood flow.
Oysters are brimming with zinc, a mineral that elevates testosterone while simultaneously boosting growth factor hormone—both of which enhance muscle growth and physical performance (in and out of the bedroom). Research has also shown deficiencies in zinc to be a risk factor for infertility caused by low testosterone levels.
Bananas are one of the top sources of potassium, which helps to counteract the effects of foods high in sodium. Salty foods can not only diminish blood flood to the genitals, which can make it more difficult to reach orgasm, but they can also make you bloated. Banana and libido, a great rhyme!
15. Fatty Fish
This is one of the best foods to boost your libido. It’s no secret that oily cold-water fish like wild salmon, sardines, and tuna are overflowing with omega-3 fatty acids, but here’s something you may not know: The nutrient not only benefits your heart but also raises dopamine levels in the brain. This spike in dopamine improves circulation and blood flow, triggering arousal. There’s more: Dopamine will make you feel more relaxed and connected to your partner, which makes sex more fun. Just make sure you buy the right kind.