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Top 8 Surprising Libido Boosting Foods
Author : Carolyn Eagle, Senior Editor, Health Media Today Category : Nutrition
The idea of foods as aphrodisiacs is as old as time but the hard truth is that sometimes boosting your libido is more of a marathon than a sprint. While some foods are great for setting the mood, boosting your libido is a big part of improving your overall health. Here are our top 8 surprising foods that you should include in your regular diet to reap their amazing long-term libido boosting benefits
Strawberries and Raspberries
These little beauties pack an antioxidant punch which is great for your heart and arteries – both imperative to getting that blood pumping to those sexual organs. They also have a high amount of vitamin C which improves male sperm counts. The phytochemicals found in these sweet treats help with sexual endurance and boost the libido. And, maybe most importantly, they contain high levels of zinc which helps males with sperm production and helps female bodies rev up for sex more quickly.
Not only are they high in zinc and all of its sexual health benefits (see strawberries and raspberries), they are a good source of selenium which can boost libido and fight infertility in men. The omega 3 fatty acids in almonds also keep that blood flowing for improved sexual performance.
Oysters have long been considered an aphrodisiac but for many, they are a complete turn-off. Their main benefit is actually the zinc they contain, which helps with sperm and testosterone production in men, so why not get your zinc from sesame seeds instead?
Figs have been considered aphrodisiacs for centuries because of their lush flavour and shape but our ancestors were really on to something. Rich in amino acids which increase sexual stamina, figs are thought to boost the secretion of pheromones and boost fertility. rich in amino acids, which are known to increase sexual stamina,
Don’t count this fruit out just because it’s 92% water. That extra 8% contains citruline, lycopene, and beta-carotene which all help to relax the blood vessels in the body and can have a “Viagra-like” effect.
The magnesium in spinach helps decrease inflammation in the blood vessels and increase blood flow. The long-term effect of better blood flow mean that men will have an easier time getting an erection and women will be more easily able to reach orgasm.
Not only does dark chocolate contain magnesium (see spinach), it also increases stress-lowering serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, making it easier to get in the mood for sex.
Vitamin E is another libido boosting vitamin and avocados have this in abundance. It helps to increase oxygen and blood flow to all the right places plus the added folic acid, vitamin B6, and monounsaturated fats help give you an overall health boost.