Six nutrition tips to increase your libido

We’ve all heard that oysters are a natural aphrodisiac, but lets be honest here, they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. So we compiled a list of a few natural alternatives to help kick start your (or your partner!) sex drive….

Chocolate 

Need we say more?

Dark chocolate containing 70% cocoa or more helps to increase dopamine levels, a chemical released by the brain during moments of pleasure. It also contains bioflavonoids, which improve blood flow and open up blood vessels, gentlemen.

So for all of you chocolate-lovers out there, male and female, there is now more than one good reason to indulge.

 

Red Wine

Researchers believe the effects of high levels of polyphenols, an antioxidant present in red wine, may help increase blood flow to vital arousal areas.

According to a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, women who drank a glass of red wine daily experienced high levels of sexual desire compared to those who drank other forms of alcohol or not at all. Time to switch from white to red!

And remember, on glass is more than enough, as too much alcohol can actually have the opposite affect.

 

Asparagus 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better with chocolate and red wine, we had to go and spoil the party with a side of asparagus.

It might not be the most “sexy” food, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover just yet. Asparagus is considered one of the best libido-boosting foods as it is rich in folate, which is responsible for the production of histamine – the chemical released during an orgasm.

 

Maca

Maca is the superfood of on of the oldest civilisations – the Incas. Also referred to as nature’s Viagra, maca has been known to enhance fertility and boost libido. It is also packed with vitamins, including B1, B2, B12 and Vitamin C. Add a teaspoon to your morning smoothie and reap the benefits of this superfood.

Not sure how to use it? Try this smoothie recipe below:

Blend these ingrediants together:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  •  ½ cup berries
  • 1-2 tsps maca powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Drink and enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Seeds 

Halloween has been and gone, but with Thanksgiving just around the corner, the pumpkin festivities are all but over. Want a treat that will certainly do the trick in the bedroom?

Add some pumpkin seeds to your trail mix or salad! Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, an essential mineral known to boost sex drive. The recommended daily intake of zinc for adult males and females is 11mg and 8mg respectively, according to the national guidelines. A serving of 30g of pumpkin seeds contains 1.9mg, keeping you well within this range, so add a handful to your trail mix or salad for a little boost in the bedroom.

 

Celery 

Ever wondered why the natural smell of your partner gives you that goo-goo gaa-gaa feeling inside? Its called Pheromones!

Pheromones are odourless chemical signals released through sweat glands and when inhaled, can subconsciously affect the person on the receiving end. So where does celery fit in to this? Celery contains adrosterone, a potent male pheromone.

So to all of our male readers – get munching on this versatile vegetable and go easy on the cologne, your natural scent may just do the trick!

 

So ladies and gentleman, its time to update your shopping list and head down to the store. Who knew that getting inventive in the kitchen could satisfy more than just your tum!

 

This article first appeared in nowcure.me, the one stop shop to find tips & tricks to a happier and healthier you! 


  

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