If you want to put some sizzle back into your sex life, help set the mood this Valentine’s Day with food.
While there are thousands of products and gimmicks that claim to help improve your sex life, there’s nothing better than a romantic, home-cooked dinner, featuring some “R” rated foods to help turn up the heat.
Here are some of the foods with science to back up their oh-la-la status. And if you’re waistline needs a little whittling, incorporating these “in-the-mood-foods” into a healthy, plant-based diet is one of the best ways to help you get back to your sexy self.
Almonds: Making the top list of my feisty foods, almonds have long been purported to increase passion, act as a sexual stimulant and aid with fertility. Nutritionally, almonds are nutrient-dense and rich in several trace minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction, including zinc, selenium and vitamin E. However, their best sexual attribute is that they’re rich in unsaturated fats and antioxidants, making them a heart healthy addition to your diet. Anything that help keeps the heart beating strong helps keep blood flowing to all the right places.
Avocados: You may not think as the avocado as a “R”-rated food, but the Aztecs referred to them as, ahem, testicles, due to their physical shape. However, the scientific reason why avocados make sense as an aphrodisiac is that they are rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat, making them heart health. Since the blood and circulatory system is what drives our sexual health, it makes sense that foods that don’t contribute to blood sludge will improve your sexual health. In fact, man with underlying heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED).
Seafood: Oysters are thought to be may be the most common so-called aphrodisiac, but slippery and slimy texture aside, oysters are one of the best sources of zinc, which is essential for male reproductive health. In addition, oysters, like all seafood, especially wild salmon, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are the fats that are good for the heart, which essentially is good for sexual healing.
Here’s the rest of the foods with the most research suggesting that they can improve sexual health and function.