Foods to Jumpstart Your Libido

Researchers have discovered that a healthy and happy sex drive is linked to a feeling of physical and emotional health. All it might take is adding a few key foods into your diet. Below are five foods known to boost libido AND the one ingredient that will surely put the fire out on your sex life, that you might want to stay away from.

Shellfish

It seems like everyone has heard that urban legend about oysters bringing sexy back, well that “legend” just might be true. According to recent research, oysters, as well as clams and scallops, have compounds that have the ability to raise testosterone and estrogen levels. Studies have found that a rise in hormone production can increase sexual desire.

Oysters are an excellent source of zinc which helps blood flow to sexual organs in both genders. If you don’t like the oysters, go to the crab and lobster instead! Both have a lot of zinc as well!

Apples

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it might make you more frisky in bed. Along with cherries, onions and dark colored grapes, apples contain quercetin. Quercetin is an antioxidant which is known for a number of health benefits. This flavonoid helps to control symptoms of prostatitis and interstitial cystitis. Quercetin can also promote healthy circulation. Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate gland. It can cause testicular discomfort and pain with ejaculation. Interstitial cystitis is also known as painful bladder syndrome. It can make sex difficult for men and women and apples can help!

Cloves

Some call cloves a sex superfood because not only does it help food taste great, it has been used for years to treat male sexual dysfunction. Recent research has found that adding cloves to your diet may increase the sexual activity in men. More research is being conducted but the early results have been incredibly promising.

Watermelon

This sweet treat is a libido increasing powerhouse. A recent study found that watermelon has various nutrients that act with a Viagra-like effect on the blood vessels in the body. The phytonutrient citrulline, which gets converted to arginine is an amino acid that boosts nitric oxide levels in the body. The arginine relaxes blood vessels in the body in a similar fashion as medicine such as Viagra does.

Garlic

Most people don’t think of garlic as a way to spice up your love life because of the pungent smell, but it is a great way to get things going. Garlic is a natural blood thinner. It is known to help with preventing high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol but did you know that because of its anticoagulant properties, garlic can help to make sure there is good blood flow to your genitals. The more blood flow to your genitals, the higher the libido. You just might want to make sure both partners are enjoying the garlic first!

Stay Away From Sugar

Sugar can increase levels of the hormone insulin. Insulin can cause an increase in belly fat storage, a loss of muscle mass and a drop in testosterone. Belly fat in men has been linked to lower libido and erectile dysfunction. A recent study found that sugar can reduce total and free testosterone levels in men. Lowering or eliminating sugar can be just what the doctor ordered.

 

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