10 Foods That Boost Libido And the 3 Foods That Kill It

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If you’ve been feeling a bit too tired lately and have no desire for sex whatsoever, it’s very likely that your libido has taken a hit and needs to be boosted. In this article, we have compiled a list of foods you can add to your diet which will give a powerful boost to your libido and make you feel like a teenager again. Well, not exactly like a teenager, but you get our point! So, here are the 10 foods that will increase your sex drive and additional 3 that will reduce it:

Black raspberries

Black raspberries as well as the seeds in them will change your mindset and will instantly get you in the mood, which is why you should eat at least a handful every day in order to make you more creative underneath the sheets. They are rich in phytochemicals which increase both your libido and overall sexual endurance. Eat at least 10 per day or take a tablespoon of raspberry seeds a couple of hours before having sex.

Broccoli

You can eat them in any form, either raw, cooked or sautéed. Just add them to a salad or eat them on the side with your steak. Broccoli has a high content of vitamin C which improves the blood circulation to your organs and has been suggested to improve the libido in women. If you were already planning on adding a vegetable in your dinner, but wondering which one, when it comes to your libido, broccoli is your best choice.

Cloves

Similar to broccoli, this super-food can be cooked in many forms, like you can brew it in hot apple cider, add it your favorite delicacy or add in your tea. And always make sure that your partner drinks it too. It’s been a century-long medicament for male sexual issues in India. Recent research has confirmed this by concluding that clove extract significantly increased the libido of male lab rats. They can also be used as a way to get rid of foul mouth odor, which can help you in those early phases of the courting process too. In Mexican food, for example, you can add powdered cloves, as well as some cinnamon and cumin. This adds up to a delicious aphrodisiac.

Figs

If you want to become irresistible to your partner, there is this miraculous food that will make you a love-making machine. You guessed it, figs! Figs are known to be a powerful stimulant of fertility and can increase the release of pheromones. Try a handful before making love and witness their potential. Figs are also known to increase the testosterone production in men.

Watermelon

Chocolate has always been lauded as one of the most potent aphrodisiacs, but current studies have started to claim otherwise. Despite having compounds like phenylethylamine which can boost endorphin and serotonin levels, it’s been found that there really is no relation between chocolate consumption and the improvement of libido or sexual performance. So, for those of you looking for something that is both sweet and stimulating for your libido, try a piece of watermelon.

Despite it being comprised of more than 90% water, the rest is filled with essential compounds for your sexual health. It’s been found that watermelons contain substances which have an effect akin to Viagra to our blood vessels and can help with improving your libido. Watermelons have a phytonutrient known as citrulline, which your body transforms into arginine, an amino acid known to boost the nitric oxide levels and relaxes your blood vessels, in the same manner, a drug like Viagra would.

Eggs

Regardless of how you want to cook them, eating eggs will boost your libido after a tiring day and will enable you the needed energy for the sexy marathon ahead. They have a high protein content, which will give you more stamina, and they have a few calories. Additionally, they are a great source of L-arginine, an amino acid which has been proven to combat various types of heart issues and sexual dysfunctions.

Ginseng

Numerous studies have shown that women that took a ginseng supplement experienced a significant increase in their libido in just one month, and more than 70% have confirmed that their sex life also improved. Incorporate ginseng in your diet or you can try some of the ginseng tea varieties. However, a word of caution. Just because a beverage contains ginseng, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. The majority of energy drinks sold on the market have ginseng in them, but they also have lots of other unhealthy compounds as well as lots of sugar, which decrease your libido.

Saffron

Even though it’s a bit expensive, saffron is a great spice, both literally and figuratively for your belly and your sex life. Scientists have found out that saffron has the potential to improve your sexual performance. It is recommended that you soak the threads in a warm liquid for about 20 minutes and then add them in rice, barley or quinoa, or just add it in a stew or a soup.

Lettuce

Preparing a salad with lettuce with some vinegar and olive oil added will help you with trimming the fat off your waist and boost your libido. Lettuce has an opiate which helps to activate various sex hormones. Eat an entire bowl for dinner and you’re good to go.

Ginger

Ginger has been used for medical purposes for centuries from cultures from all over the glove. Ginger has compounds in it that help with the adjustment of circulation temperature, detoxification of the mucoid residue which can be found in the gastrointestinal tract and boost the libido. You can consume it in any form, raw, supplement or as an addition to your meal or beverage, and it has proven itself to be a powerful health defender in times of colds and the flu season. It’s also a bit hot which makes it an excellent addition to any soup or stew.

The libido killers:

Oysters

Oysters have often been lauded as powerful aphrodisiacs, but that is not the case at all. They do have a high content of zinc, a mineral essential to the creation of many hormones, but they can also be a very toxic and unhealthy food. Along with other shellfish, they can absorb various toxins and all kind of parasites found in the ocean, which in many cases outweighs the zinc benefits. That’s why you should avoid them and opt for some spinach to get a meal low in calories and high in zinc.

Refined baked goods

Why, you ask? Because they are filled with sugar which literally kills your sex drive. Baked goods have saturated trans-fats which have a negative impact on our cells, along with the immune system. These treats loaded with sugar surround the body’s cells, preventing any essential food glucose from entering the cell, keeping it the bloodstream, thus increasing blood sugar levels and reducing the libido. The fats contained within also clog the ventricles, decreasing the oxygen supply to the sexual organs and preventing the spleen from creating a sufficient amount of leukocytes (white blood cells), which makes the formation of sperm and eggs difficult.

Dairy products

Those that are addicted to cream cheese or ice cream may need to reconsider their choices and substitute them with a lactose-free alternative every now and then. It’s been found that the lactic acid found in dairy products as well as the elements that destroy oxygen can really diminish the libido to extremely low levels, which means restricting dairy products to maximum 3 times a week. One shouldn’t neglect dairy’s most beneficial mineral: calcium.

It is tightly related to the cell’s health as well as your overall sexual health. Healthy cells increase the sensitivity for an improved circulation to the genitalia, which results in enhanced sexual pleasure. That’s why you need to drink more soy milk, eat leafy vegetables, sprouted beans, broccoli, cabbage, which are all rich in calcium.