Just because Valentine’s Day is in the rear-view-mirror doesn’t mean we should forget about our love life. A healthy sex life has been linked to better overall wellbeing, including numerous cognitive benefits. My husband Dr. Daniel Amen wrote the book on it, literally! It’s called The Brain in Love. If your sex drive is lagging, it’s time to rekindle your desires. All you have to do is open the refrigerator door.
Here are 5 foods that can fire up your libido so you can be a Warrior* in the bedroom.
Avocados are rich in vitamin B6, which acts
like an anti-stress agent to counteract the frayed nerves that can have you
saying, “Not tonight, honey.” The healthy monounsaturated fats in avocados may
also boost the production of testosterone, a sex hormone that’s important for
both men and women.
Part of the brassica family—broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage—maca is widely available in a powder form that you can add to your smoothies. Used for fighting everything from low energy to brain fog, it’s also seen as a remedy for low libido. A study in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that maca enhances sexual desire and sexual function.
If you want to find your man more attractive,
you may want to feed him some celery. It increases the secretion of pheromones,
scented chemical substances that can make a person more (or less) attractive to
potential mates. Celery contains the steroids androstanol and androstenene,
causing men to emit more pheromones, which may make your mate seem even sexier
If you or your significant other is looking for some help in the love department, try some ginseng. A study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that ginseng, and especially a variety known as Korean red ginseng, enhanced sexual arousal in postmenopausal women. And research shows ginseng can also improve sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction issues.
Eating dark chocolate increases dopamine,
which can boost the release of oxytocin, one of the feel-good chemicals
released during sex. I recommend sticking with a small amount of sugar-free
chocolate that’s at least 70% cocoa.
For other secrets to a more fulfilling sex life, listen to our “Sex on the Brain” podcast with Dr. Emily Morse, the host of the “Sex with Emily” radio show.
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