While we’re all pretty sure a spicy burrito with extra beans isn’t the best thing to eat before getting up close and personal – what would be the best foods to eat if we want to see a boost in the bedroom? According to the experts, there’s a lot of foods we already enjoy that can easily work in our favor.
“Cloves have been used to treat male sexual dysfunction for centuries, and studies have shown they really work,” says Antonia Hall, MA., a psychologist, relationship expert, sexpert and the award-winning author of The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life. Add these spicy little gems to your tea or warmed apple juice with cinnamon and ginger, which also help with blood flow.
You may want to stock up on this fruit for your summer cookouts. “Watermelon might be 92% water, but that other 8% has phytonutrients proven to increase libido in the same way that Viagra does,” says Hall.
It’s high in zinc, known as the “ultimate sex mineral,” which has been shown to be a libido-lifting super sexy mineral, helping to turn you on and get you in the mood. Why the sex drive high? “By blocking the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen, zinc increases testosterone levels in the body which, yes, is also a very good thing when it comes to the sex drive of women too,” says Laurel House, Resident Sex Expert at My First Blush. You know what else is high in zinc? Oysters. Exactly.
Make sure you have breath mints ready, but garlic contains a nutrient called allicin, which helps to increase blood flow… everywhere, including the sex organs. “When ingested by a man, garlic increases the body’s nitric oxide production, an essential component to a healthy erection,” says House. Which might be why after a hot date to an Italian restaurant, you’re even more turned on.
Ginseng has long been an aid to increase libido and help with blood flow, says Hall. Make sure to buy a high quality version and check that it doesn’t conflict with any medications you take.
Wine, chocolate, berries, they all have antioxidants…and they are great for down under, too. “Foods high in antioxidants like berries are great for stimulating libido while also being sensual enough to remind you of your end game goals,” says Hall.
Fruits and vegetables
“The more fruits and vegetables servings you include in your daily diet, the more you’re optimizing your body’s ability to stay strong, healthy and ready for sexy time with your sweetheart. They’ll also keep your bod alkalized, which will make your sperm smell and taste better,” says Hall.
Chocolate contains tyramine. “Naturally occurring derivatives of amino acids can have stimulatory effects in the body by stimulating excitatory neurotransmitters in the body (tyramine is also found in alcoholic beverages and cheeses among other foods. Individuals taking certain medications or with certain health problems may need to stay clear of too much tyramine),” says Dr. Adrienne Youdim, a physician nutrition specialist. Chocolate also contains phenylamine- — also an organic compound that has stimulatory and psychoactive effects on the body. Cocoa may increase sensitivity, always a winner in the bedroom.
Oysters and other seafood noted to be aphrodisiacs come from the legend of Aphrodite (goddess of love) who was said to have come from the sea. “Seafood and in particular oysters have a high content of zinc-a mineral that is necessary for production of testosterone,” says Dr. Youdim.
Due to color, shape and heat have been associated with virility in many cultures i.e. Mexican, European. “Capsaicin-an active ingredient in cayenne peppers in particular has a high concentration of steroids which may contribute to the belief of its sexually enhancing properties. Capsaicin intake also increases heart rate, causes sweating… physiologic responses that are common to sexually activity,” says Dr. Youdim.