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Top 5 Foods That Boost Your Libido


by Dr. Nancy Rahnama

Director of Health & Nurition

Let's face it, it is normal to get lost in the moment. It can be difficult to be in "the mood". If you are struggling to you’re struggling to make the most of the moment and find it hard to find the desire you might want to try these foods!

Food has always been used to increase sexual desire, but did you know there are certain foods that may actually improve your low libido? In this article, we’ll look at some foods that may help boost your sex drive and why they may be able to do so. 

What foods can I eat to boost my libido?

A healthy sex drive is connected to a healthy physical and emotional life, and food plays a large role in all of these elements. Foods that increase one’s libido are also known as aphrodisiacs, which is a word derived from the name of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. While the idea of aphrodisiacs is interesting, no foods have been scientifically proven to directly stimulate the sexual organs. However, anything that increases blood flow to the sex organs can definitely help. Here are some foods that can increase blood flow through various ways.

  • - Beets: not only are these high in vitamins and antioxidants, but they’re also rich in dietary nitrates, which can expand the blood vessels and help with healthy libido maintenance. Other foods high in nitrates include lettuce, spinach, arugula, radish, and celery.
  • - Oysters: oysters are often the first food we think of when we imagine foods with aphrodisiac properties. They are known to help boost the libido as they are high in zinc, which increases blood flow. Oysters are significantly higher in zinc than any other food, with one serving offering a huge 673% of your daily needs.
  • - Nuts and seeds: like oysters, these are full of zinc which can promote healthy blood flow. If you want to maintain a healthy libido, include a small portion of nuts in your diet.
  • - Apples: this fruit is rich in an antioxidant compound called quercetin, which can treat erectile dysfunction, promote circulation, and manage the symptoms of prostatitis.

Focus on a healthy diet

While eating foods that have been seen to boost blood flow and even your sex drive are valuable things to do, the best thing you can do to improve is by giving yourself a high vegetable, protein, and fiber diet and doing your best to eliminate heavily processed sugary foods.

Each person’s libido is unique but often changes as people age and go through different phases of life - up and down. Usually, a slight change in sex drive isn’t something to worry about, and most people know themselves well enough to notice what’s normal. If you’re unhappy with your desire to spend time in the bedroom, improve your diet and make sure you’re getting regular exercise so you feel your best. If you do these things and still don’t feel yourself, it is worth speaking to your doctor to check there isn’t an underlying issue that’s making it difficult for you to desire sexual pleasure.

 


Dr. Nancy Rahnama, MD, ABOM, ABIM, is a medical doctor board certified by both the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Her specialty is Clinical Nutrition, that is, the use of nutrition by a medical doctor to diagnose and treat disease. Dr. Rahnama has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of weight loss, gut health, improved mood and sleep, and managing chronic disease. In addition to her private practice in Beverly Hills, she is also the co-founder and Director of Nutrition for Dr Nancy MD.

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