Sex & love Li­bido boost­ers

Di­eti­tian ROB­BIE CLARK re­veals what to eat to keep things hot in the bed­room

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

Did you know cer­tain nu­tri­ents in foods can help im­prove sex­ual per­for­mance? And it’s not just cham­pagne and oys­ters (although they def­i­nitely work!).

Ac­cord­ing to di­eti­tian Rob­bie Clark – co-founder of the­health­clinic.com.au – testos­terone boosts sex­ual de­sire in both gen­ders. While you don’t get the hor­mone straight from food, some foods con­tain mi­cronu­tri­ents that af­fect testos­terone pro­duc­tion. Add these to your trol­ley im­me­di­ately!

1 Meats

LAMB & GRASS-FED BEEF (ALSO EGGS, DAIRY, NUTS & BEANS) These pro­tein-rich foods con­tain argi­nine, an amino acid that serves as a build­ing block of ni­tric ox­ide. Ni­tric ox­ide helps ar­ter­ies and blood vessels re­lax, im­prov­ing blood cir­cu­la­tion, which means op­ti­mal testos­terone trans­port as well as sex­ual per­for­mance. Think of it as na­ture’s Vi­a­gra!

2 Green veg­eta­bles

Kale, broccoli and brus­sels sprouts con­tain ni­tro­gen, which is an­other im­por­tant source of ni­tric ox­ide, and as­sist blood flow.

3 Spinach

Speak­ing of green veg­eta­bles, spinach is rich in the min­eral mag­ne­sium, which helps to de­crease in­flam­ma­tion in blood vessels and im­proves blood flow.

In­creased blood flow ow drives blood to the ex­trem­i­ties which, like ke Vi­a­gra, can in­crease arousal and make sex x more plea­sur­able. Mag­ne­sium is also im­por­tant for the pro­duc­tion of sex hor­mones, such as oe­stro­gen and testos­terone.

4 Oys­ters

They’re a rich source of zinc, which plays an im­por­tant role in reg­u­lat­ing testos­terone lev­els.

Low zinc lev­els have been associated with low male sex hor­mones, de­creased tes­tic­u­lar func­tion and low phys­i­cal per­for­mance and ex­er­cise ca­pac­ity. Not a fan of oys­ters? It’s OK – shell­fish, pump­kin seeds, cashews, al­monds and peanuts are also high in zinc.

5 Oily fish

Not only is fatty fish – such as salmon, mack­erel, sword­fish and sar­dines – high in the amino acid that serves as a pre­cur­sor of ni­tric acid and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but they also boost dopamine lev­els in the brain.

Dopamine is one of the chem­i­cals re­spon­si­ble for trans­mit­ting sig­nals in be­tween the nerve cells of the brain. It helps con­trol the brain’s re­ward and plea­sure cen­tres, which in turn af­fects mood and li­bido.

6 An­tiox­i­dant-rich berries

Straw­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries, rasp­ber­ries and black­ber­ries are high in vi­ta­min C. An­tiox­i­dants pro­tect the body from harm­ful free rad­i­cals and keep your ar­ter­ies clean, al­low­ing blood to flow freely to or­gans. Vi­ta­min C has also been linked to im­proved fe­male li­bido.

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