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 the­health­ – 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!


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.

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.

8 Wa­ter­melon

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.

10 Av­o­ca­dos

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.

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