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Sex Drive (Libido)

What foods can help increase my sex drive?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    The path to greater sexual satisfaction could begin with what you eat, resulting in the right balance of hormones and conditions that'll get you closer to your goal of sexual satisfaction and improved intimacy.

    The following are all-natural libido boosters:
    • Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, the ultimate sex mineral. Studies show that women with a greater sex drive have higher levels of testosterone. To increase your testosterone, add zinc to your diet. Zinc blocks the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. A quarter-cup serving of pumpkin seeds may do the trick.
    • For increased arousal, try watermelon. The compounds present in watermelon may have a "Viagra-like" effect, relaxing blood vessels and increasing blood flow. Proper blood flow allows the tissues to become engorged, aroused and lubricated.
    • As cliché as it sounds, there's a reason chocolate-covered strawberries are one of Cupid's favorite weapons. Dark chocolate (make sure it's 70% cocoa) helps to increase dopamine levels, the brain's "pleasure chemical"; the bioflavonoids in dark chocolate also open up blood vessels and improve blood flow. The sugar in the strawberries gives you a little boost of energy. Combined, you may find yourself feeling a little more inspired than usual.
    • Add some fish to your diet. Halibut can raise testosterone levels because it's high in magnesium. Magnesium makes it more difficult for testosterone to latch onto proteins in the body. As a result, testosterone is distributed in the blood, helping to kick up your sex drive.
    • Asparagus is considered one of the best libido-boosting foods since it's rich in folate. A naturally occurring form of folic acid, folate regulates the production of histamine -- the chemical that is released during an orgasm.
    • Garlic contains allicin, a compound that thins the blood. Because of this, it improves the blood circulation necessary for an erection by relaxing the arteries. Having strong circulation also allows for greater physical endurance in the bedroom.
    • In addition to containing potassium and B vitamins that elevate energy levels, bananas contain the natural anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, which aids in triggering greater production of testosterone.
    • Add celery to your salad. It contains androsterone, a pheromone precursor. Pheromones are odorless chemical signals released through sweat glands; once "smelled," pheromones can subconsciously affect the behavior of the receiving mate.
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  • ARose Reisman, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered

    Are there really foods that can increase and improve your sex health? A healthy sex life can add years to one’s life, build a strong immune system and even lower prostate cancer risk. Too good to be true? Well there’s no harm in trying! A big, fancy dinner, a bottle of wine and fine chocolates may sound romantic and just the perfect meal but you’ll be lucky if you don’t fall asleep on the drive home!

    You need to look for those foods that increase blood circulation that will give you
    energy.

    Aphrodisiacs have shown to be ineffective since they were based more on folklore rather than scientific evidence. Here are some foods that are not only healthy for you but have shown to improve your libido:

    • Figs are loaded with magnesium, a mineral your body needs to produce sex hormones.
    • A compound in dark chocolate, releases endorphins brought on by sex.
    • Hot chili peppers contain capsaicin that gives peppers their heat and may increase your libido.
    • Oysters contain zinc which helps in testosterone production the hormone that increases sexual desire in both men and women.
    • Asparagus contains folate, a nutrient that can deter erectile dysfunction.
    • Eggs have an amino acid that can reduce erectile dysfunction.
    • Soy based foods bind estrogen receptors which combats menopause symptoms as well as being beneficial to the prostate.
    • Obesity is also a risk factor for erectile dysfunction and low testosterone
    • Foods that are good for your heart are also good for your sex drive. Excess
      saturated fat clogs your arteries and over time may prevent blood circulation
      to the genital area. Too little fat will lessen the production of sex hormones.
      Good fats include fatty fish, nuts and olive oil.
    In summary a healthy diet seems to be the magic bullet for good health and the
    bonus of a better sex life!
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