All it takes is adding a few key foods into your diet to boost libido and get back in the mood. Want to improve your performance in the bedroom? Here are foods that will provide the essential fuel to spark your sexual appetite and increase libido.
Almonds contain omega-3 and fatty acids to help producetestosterone in men, Pugoy says. They also contain vitamins E and B2, magnesium and calcium. “In my research I’ve found that the smell of almonds is also supposed to be an aphrodisiac for women,” Pugoy adds.
How to use them: Sprinkle them over cereal or crush them up in smoothies. “Almond milk is a good alternative to dairy and tastes delicious,” Pugoy adds.
The name for this South American fruit derives from the Aztec language Nahuatl, in which it meant "testicle" – a name chosen for the fruit’s unusual shape.
It may seem like a bit of a stretch to us, but avocadoes do have some sexy benefits. They are rich in unsaturated fats, making them very heart-healthy.
And a healthy heart keeps the blood flowing to all the right places. Men with underlying heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, so feel free to add some extra avocado slices to your salads.
Researchers at the University of Hawaii found that women who took a ginseng supplement significantly upped their libido in a month, and 68 percent also said their overall sex life improved dramatically. "Add ginseng into your diet or try one of the many ginseng teas available," Glassman says. "Just don't jump at the sight of ginseng, though. Many energy drinks that claim to have ginseng in them also contain chemicals and tons of sugar, and there's nothing sexy about that."
These healthy nuts are said to act as a sexual stimulant and a fertility aid, so if you’re trying for a baby, start snacking.
They are rich in nutrients and in several minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction, including zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. Zinc can also help enhance sexual desire.
Bananas are a great source of B-group vitamins and potassium, both used in sex hormone production. Vitamin B also helps maintain energy levels. “Bananas help boost the male libido,” Pugoy says.
How to use them: The best way to eat bananas is raw, says Pugoy. “You’re always going to get the nutrients regardless of whether you eat a food in a raw or cooked state, but the higher the temperatures in cooking the more the enzymes are affected.” So if you want to nibble on banana bread now and then, that’s fine.
This sex superfood is versatile when it comes to cooking: it can be brewed in hot apple cider, infused in your favorite exotic dish, or added to a chai tea latte. Just make sure to share it with your guy, too. "In India, cloves have been used to treat male sexual dysfunction for centuries," says Glassman. Research published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine agrees, discovering that clove extracts produced an increase in the sexual activity of normal male rats. "Cloves are also used to rid bad breath, which can't hurt your kissing skills either," says Glassman, who also suggests using powdered cloves in Mexican food. Add a little cumin and cinnamon and you've got a tasty, multifaceted aphrodisiac.
Want to be completely irresistible the next time your guy sees you? There's a simple food solution that will have you two acting like teenagers again: Figs. "They're considered excellent stimulants of fertility and enhance the secretion of pheromones," say Drs. Clement. Feast on up to five figs before getting it on and find out for yourself.
Poached, scrambled, fried, deviled. No matter how you make them, a couple of eggs will rev you up after a long day so you can go the distance in the dark. "Eggs are high in protein, which is a source of stamina, and they're also low in calories," Glassman says. "In addition, they're a good source for an amino acid L-arginine, which has been shown effective in treating types of heart ailments and erectile dysfunction.