Good sex, great sex, let’s-forget-that-ever-happened sex, passionate sex, multi-orgasmic sex. Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex. Oh, excuse me…. I seem to have gotten carried away! Yes, I know this is a nutrition blog. But sex is on nearly EVERYONE’S mind. And people will do just about anything to have more of it. Just look at Charlie Sheen…well… maybe not.
Anyway, today I wanted to uncover some of the myths and truths about our diets and how they might impact our sex lives.
The erotic allure of food has been with us throughout the centuries. Ancient Greeks and Romans indulged in exotic fruits and other specialities before engaging in sensual pleasures. And what about those oysters? Were our ancestors on to something or are food aphrodisiacs simply a long-standing myth?
Let’s look at what the latest science says.
There are some nutrients that can indeed affect our sexual health. Vitamin E, for instance, helps supply the sex organs with sufficient oxygen. B vitamins, including niacin and B-5, can help men and women reach orgasm and improve sexual stamina. Selenium, manganese and zinc are also vital in regulating hormones and ensuring a healthy sex drive.
So, if you’re looking for specific “in-the-mood” boosting foods, you may want to try some of the following:
Dark chocolate just might help get things going in the bedroom. Why? Dark chocolate contains compounds that trigger feel-good hormones in the brain. In addition, dark chocolate is rich in cocoa flavonoids that act as antioxidants and help dilate blood vessels and make the blood less likely to form a clot.
Oysters are one of the best sources of zinc, which is essential for male reproductive health. In addition, oysters, like all seafood, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are the fats that are good for the heart. A healthy heart is essential for robust sexual activity!
The B vitamins, minerals and antioxidants packed into dark, leafy greens are important for our sexual health. Citrus is rich in vitamin C and folic acid, both of which which impact men’s and women’s reproductive health.
No surprise here: a drink or two can relax you and help reduce inhibitions. Research also shows that alcohol can stimulate nitric oxide production, which is a potent blood vessel dilator. Note: no one likes a sloppy drunk. Including your potential sex partner. So don’t overdo the alcohol.
[sws_green_box box_size=”600″] The Bottom Line:
Although specific nutrients may boost particular aspects of sexual health, don’t expect food to be a magic lust-inspiring bullet. Staying in shape and a healthy diet provide a solid foundation for good sex. But sex is as much in the mind as it is in the body. And a fulfilling sex life depends on finding a real connection with your partner. [/sws_green_box]