Feeling low on your mojo? Before you stuff your guts with garbage and drink yourself silly into a slump, read on for a tasty guide on how you can eat yourself to wow-inducing sexual, mental and physical well-being!
Sex Nutrient #1: FAT
Hands off those chips! We’re talking about the “good fats” or omega fatty acids here to fuel your friskiness. Insufficiency can depress libido and even reduce fertility. These will help you keep the belly fat off and keep your heart healthy too. And dude, you’ve heard the urologist: “Heart health is penile health”, as well-performing vessels and blood circulation will get you a standing ovation.
Love Bites: Salmon is a heart-loving source of essential fatty acids and protein to build your sexual stamina. Feed each other nuts and seeds (like a handful of walnuts, almonds or sunflower seeds) as a healthy snack to whet your sexual appetite – they’re treasure troves of omega FAs and Vitamin E, the “e”-sensual sex hormone and libido booster.
Sex Nutrient #2: ZINC
Add zing to your lust life with zinc. This “sex mineral” boosts sperm production and blocks the enzyme which converts testosterone to estrogen. And boys and girls with more testosterone in their tanks experience a greater (sex) drive and O-inducing bed spins.
Love Bites: Get steamy with some mineral-rich raw oysters. If not for any other reason, the mere erotic act of shucking and slurping down this slippery, salty aphrodisiac should get you both in the mood – like they say, the brain’s our biggest sex organ. Alternatively, grab your daily quarter cup of pumpkin seeds, one of Nature’s richest sources of zinc.
Sex Nutrient #3: VITAMIN C
For an intensive brainbuzz, feed your pituitary gland (the nut-sized hormone control center of the brain) Vitamin C to get the sex hormones coursing through your veins. Hubby would want to consume at least 200 milligrams of vitamin C a day to boost their sperm counts and motility too, says study by University of Texas.
Love Bites: What better prelude to sizzling night than sinking your teeth into a succulent peach or chocolate-dipped strawberry? Red or orange-coloured antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies are also proven to give your skin a sexy glow. Juicy!
Sex Nutrient #4: B VITAMINS
Talk about the birds and the “B”s. These help to convert sugar into energy to power up your horizontal mambo. Low levels can predispose you to physical fatigue and tension, depression and anxiety – all of which drain your sexual energy.
Love Bites: Hard boiled or over easy, eggs may not sound sensual but they are packed with protein and Vitamins B5 and B6. Add oatmeal to that breakfast menu for energy to sustain your sex marathon session, plus a good dose of arginine that enhances the nitric oxide oomph (think natural Viagra) down under.
Sex Nutrient #5: SUGAR & SPICE
Although not exactly nutrients, these can help you spice things up between the sheets. From the land of Kamasutra, Indian researchers found that nutmeg extract has aphrodisiac properties as it stimulates nerve cells and blood circulation. Fenugreek, a common Indian spice with arthritis-soothing benefits, contains saponins which are believed to stimulate sex hormones and work up a sexual appetite.
To reclaim that lovin’ feeling, go for the classic chocolate. It contains phenylethylamine (PEA) which triggers the same release of “feel-good” dopamine in the brain like sex! For the biggest dose of PEA, choose chocolate with at least 60 percent cocoa (that’s also chock full of age- and disease-fighting flavanoid antioxidants).
Besides being an essential for any romantic escapade, a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who drank 1 – 2 glasses of red wine had increased sexual desire and functioning than teetotalers by increasing blood flow to key areas of her body. Note: There was no additional benefit beyond two – a drop too many can, in fact, put a damper on sexual performance.
Love Bites: Spice up his dinner curry with fenugreek to turn up the heat. Follow with a glass of red wine to loosen up the buttons and get the blood gushing. Lick dark chocolate spiked with nutmeg off each other to get both of you fully revved up for some mind-blowing sex. After all, it takes two to tango.
– By Gene Yeo
*This article has been selected Editor’s Choice for Jun 2012*