Low sex drive
is not an attribute sufferers gladly discuss with others. On the one
hand it is said that men think about sex every few seconds. On the
other hand there is a multi-billion dollar industry in
pharmaceuticals for treatment of erectile and sexual dysfunction for
both men and women.
While there may be no magic potion that will cure all forms of
sexual dysfunction there are many commonsense dietary rules that
could impact positively on libido and sexual performance.
It is an almost a self-evident fact that a diet that promotes
general health and well being will also promote sexual health and
sexual performance. Anyone who has suffered a simple ailment such as
the common cold will testify that libido and sexual desire are the
first casualties of a lack of general well being.
It's extremely hard to feel "sexy" or sexually aroused when other
bodily functions are not at par. Blood flow to sexual organs is an
integral part of the arousal process in both males and females. As a
result a diet that promotes heart and circulatory health will almost
inevitably improve sexual performance.
Obesity is another killer of libido and sexual performance. It
impacts in many ways. Firstly, obesity is often associated with
plaque build up in arteries that affect circulation of blood through
the body including the genitalia. This not only decreases sexual
performance but may also reduce sexual pleasure.
Secondly, obesity is also a risk factor for erectile dysfunction
and low testosterone levels. Studies at the University of Columbia
Medical School have shown that weight reduction can lead to
increased levels of testosterone and consequently improved sexual
There are also certain other specific foods that are credited
with an improved sex life while others are to be discouraged.
Alcohol in moderation may lower inhibitions and help to set the
mood. However, when consumed to excess it may heighten desire but
impair sexual performance.
Items such as Ginseng (which translates to "Man root"), Oysters
and Rhinoceros horn have earned a reputation as Aphrodisiacs
primarily due to their physical resemblance to the external
genitalia which, to the Western mind, is not a strong link or
Loving tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C---which aids in
the formation of hormones that are involved in sexual vitality such
as estrogen, and progesterone. Passionate peaches are rich in
vitamin A, which is important for sexual health---providing various
benefits such as a strong thyroid and the making of the hormone
Erotic black beans are high in another sex vitamin that helps you
stay energized and feeling sexually vibrant. Steamy hot onions can
help stave off heart disease so that you don't need heart disease
drugs, which zap a man's libido and sexual performance. Sensual
clams can have amatory effects due to their high levels of zinc,
which has been shown to help control prostatitis and impotence.
Diet experts say that the exotic banana is rich in potassium,
which is essential for the proper functioning of nerves and
muscles---the key to successful lovemaking. The magical asparagus is
a rich source of potassium, phosphorous and calcium---all of which
are essential for energy, and it stimulates the urinary tract and
kidneys. (Sex drive is derived from the kidneys) `
Chocolate contains a compound called phenylethylamine that
triggers the release of dopamine a chemical that is also released
during orgasm. As a result chocolate can promote feelings of
euphoria and enhance pleasure.
Chilies can stimulate the nervous system, which in turn may
accentuate the sense of sexual arousal. This may be achieved through
the release of endorphins in the brain.
Ginger is believed to have a similar stimulant effect that
improves circulation to the genitals.
Honey is rich in the mineral Boron that helps the body utilize
the hormone estrogen.
Oysters may be good for you after all. Their magic powers however
have nothing to do with their appearance. Instead it is their zinc
content, which is valuable. Zinc is essential for production of
testosterone and zinc deficiency may cause prostate problems in men.
Healthy zinc levels are also vital to maintain sperm counts.
Soy is credited with benefits in combating the effects of PMS and
Menopause in women and may help improve vaginal lubrication by
better utilizing estrogen. Soy is also believed to promote prostate
There may not be any magic potion to create a raging libido and
sexual desire and performance may be affected by many factors
besides what we eat. However, the evidence seems clear - Maintaining
a generally healthy diet and supplementing it with certain foods in
moderation can have a positive impact on sex life.
When following these treatments to control and cure Low Sex
Drive, be sure to adhere strictly to the guidelines prescribed by
your doctor for each one.