Certain foods contain nutrients that enhance male and female libido. This is particularly important in our era of male and female Viagra and other medications for sexual dysfunction. These prescriptions are quick, short-term fixes, but don’t get to the root of the problem, and they come at a cost – not only are they expensive, but they result in a growing list of serious side effects including memory loss, hearing impairment, and vision loss!
So forget the pills and start juicing for a healthy and natural boost to your sex drive and performance! Here’s a review of the foods that contain the highest concentration of sexually stimulating nutrients.
Enhancing Male Libido
Here are the fruits and vegetables that target male libido:
1. watermelon – high in citruline which stimulates nitric oxide production which increases blood flow which enhances male sexual performance.
2. blueberries – very high in antioxidants which clean the blood of free radicals and stimulate the production of nitric oxide.
3. cherries – high in flavonoids which cleanse free radicals from arteries which in turn relaxes them and improves blood flow which is key to male sexual performance.
4. ginger – only one teaspoon a couple times a week reaps huge benefits for reducing free radicals in the blood, decreasing inflammation, relaxing arteries and improving blood flow.
5. bananas – the high potassium content relaxes blood vessel walls and increases blood flow. They also counteract the ill effects on the libido of a high sodium diet. Remember not to put bananas in your juicer or you’ll clog it – blend it and then add to your juiced mix.
Any combination of these makes a great sexual stimulant a couple hours before sex. Try a glass daily to raise your testosterone level if you notice unusual fatigue or diminishing sexual performance. Try this recipe:
¼ watermelon – with seeds but without the rind
10 cherries – without pits
¼ thumb of fresh ginger – with the skin
Add one or more of these foods to your fresh juice for added benefits:
black tea – increases testosterone and used by Chinese medicine for centuries as a cure for erectile dysfunction.
whole milk – promotes testosterone production.
olive oil – stimulates testosterone production.
flaxseed oil – full of omega-3 which among other things stimulates nitric oxide.
nutmeg – contains a very high amount of myristic which stimulates the production of nitric oxide. A study in BMC Complimentary and Alternative medicine, found that nutmeg is a bona fide aphrodisiac, increasing libido and erectile function.
garlic – increases nitric oxide production – just a little bit will do!
walnuts – highest concentration of L-arginine, an amino acid and building block of nitric oxide. For best results ¼ cup a day is suggested.
pistachios – a handful a day increases nitric oxide production due to the high content of arginine.
almonds – a small handful a couple times a week is all you need to enhance nitric oxide production due to the high concentration of vitamin E, according to the British Journal of Urology International.
Enhancing Female Libido
These fruits and veggies stimulate the sexual drive and response for women.
1. celery – contains androsterone, a hormone that stimulates the sex drive for women.
2. carrots – high in vitamin A which stimulates the epithelial tissue throughout the body.
3. dark green veggies – high in zinc which increases libido.
4. pineapple – high in manganese which is central for production of vetrogen, a hormone that is key to female sexual response.
5. avocado – high concentration of folic acid which increases energy, drive, and stamina – note: place avocado (and banana) in a blender, not your juicer, or it will clog the appliance.
6. Bananas – the high concentration of potassium and vitamin B boosts energy, and it’s high in bromelain enzymes which boost the sex drive.
Try this great juice recipe a couple of hours before sex:
8 carrots – only half peeled
2 celery stalks
1 cup pineapple – without skin
Add these foods to your juice for added sexual stimulation:
dark chocolate – studies show that it contains phenylethylamine which stimulates the sex drive. It also improves blood vessel dilation by 10%.
clove – studies show that this is actually one of the very few true female aphrodisiacs, naturally increasing desire and performance.
figs – long used as an aphrodisiac in the middle east, figs contain high concentrations of amino acids that increase female libido and stamina.
eggs – one a day keeps the stress away! High in B vitamins, eggs are a great natural way to reduce stress in men and women which is the #1 cause of low libido.
ginseng – long used in Chinese medicine to increase female libido.
other – nutritional research finds that oysters are true aphrodisiacs that raise sexual hormones in both men and women. Not so for the Spanish Fly which is a good thing since I find crushed dried beetle a turn off! And remember Rachel Welch’s favorite recipe, “The best aphrodisiac is the mind!”
Foods That Decrease Libido In Men And Women
Avoid the following if you want a healthy sex life!
sugar – decreases the male sexual drive by effecting testosterone levels – a sugar spike can reduce testosterone by 25%.
trans fats – destroys cardiovascular health and sexual function in men and women.
canned foods – inside almost every can is a liner of BPA – men exposed to high levels of this have 4 times more reports of erectile dysfunction.
soy – estrogen-like properties in soy decrease male sexual drive by decreasing testosterone.
salt – high levels create male erectile dysfunction that can’t even be treated with ED medication!
alcohol – a glass or two reduces stress and inhibition which in turn stimulates sexual feelings, but more than that actually kills sexual performance in both men and women.
So start juicing today – the nutrients found in freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are not only good for you, they will help you have more fun, too!