5 Foods To Increase Libido
Ever wondered how to increase your libdo? We spoke to nutritionist Erin Hall from The Longevity Nutritionist about her top 5 foods for boosting libdo.
Oysters have long been known as an aphrodisiac. This is due to their extremely rich nutrient status of Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, zinc and iron. For men, eating foods with a high zinc intake will boost sperm quality and testosterone levels, resulting in increased sex drive. Not only that, oysters contain dopamine, a hormone that encourages sexual satisfaction—so bottoms up!
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, chilli is considered to be an energetically “warming” aid in the flow of chi. This helps to increase circulation and blood flow through your body, including through your sexual reproductive organs. Chillies have been linked with improved vascular health and increased testosterone in men, which indirectly improves libido.
Who doesn’t love some dark chocolate to set the scene? Chocolate contains phenlethylamine which releases dopamine, stimulating the production of the “cuddle hormone” oxytocin. Research is now investigating the role of this hormone in relation to orgasms and pair bonding. Let's try for ourselves! Make sure to indulge in 75% or higher dark chocolate as it contains a higher antioxidant potency.
This ancient plant has been used in Incan culture for over 2,000 years for its ability to increase libido and mental clarity. Studies have suggested this aphrodisiac can improve semen quality, as well as regulate sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women. Maca also contains energising, anxiety-relieving and mood-boosting properties—all things that will help get you in the mood!
This juicy fruit contains a phytonutrient called citrulline, which is converted into an amino acid called arginine, which is known to relax blood vessels. A small study found men increasing intake of this amino acid could improve erectile dysfunction through increased blood flow to erectile tissues. Women could also experience a similar boost in blood flow to the clitorial area, stimulating arousal.