Sex & love Libido boosters
Dietitian ROBBIE CLARK reveals what to eat to keep things hot in the bedroom
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.
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.
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.
7 Dark chocolate
This treat is rich in cocoa flavanols, which have antioxidant properties and support healthy blood flow. Also, dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which is the same compound that releases the mood-altering endorphins through our bodies during sex. This compound stimulates romantic emotions in the brain and you may get aphrodisiac effects as a result.
This fruit contains the amino acid citrulline, and when consumed it’s converted into arginine, which boosts nitric oxide – the agent responsible for relaxing blood vessels. This effect increases blood flow to the genitals, allowing women to experience better orgasms and men, stronger erections.
9 Green tea
Rich in antioxidant compounds, green tea can boost metabolism, as well as promote blood flow around the body. The flavonoids in green tea are thought to be responsible, and help keep the heart and the blood vessels healthy. They also allow blood vessels to release nitric oxide, which further improves blood flow to the extremities.
Avocados are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, which are known to increase testosterone levels, potassium, libido-boosting vitamin B6, folic acid and vitamin E, which increases oxygen and blood flow to your sex organs.