From chocolate to beetroot, 5 foods to boost your libido

Beetroot

Bright red beetroot is a great bedroom booster, particularly for males who may have lost the spring in their step.

A good source of a compound called nitric oxide that naturally helps to increase blood flow by causing blood vessels to dilate, beetroot is a good food to support sexual performance and may help your man go that extra mile.

Watermelon

Another sexy food, wet-and-wild watermelon is rich in a whole host of nutrients while also boasting a high level of an amino acid called citrulline, which has been shown to help aid sex drive by increasing blood flow to our nether regions.

Try to eat the rind and even some of the seeds if possible as a lot of goodness is found here. Blend into a smoothie if you don’t like the crunch.

Maca

Not for nothing has this root vegetable superfood been dubbed nature’s Viagra. Used for many hundreds of years as a fertility support and libido booster in Peruvian culture, research has proved its ability to increase strength, stamina, energy, fertility and libido.

It does this by supporting our adrenal glands, helping to balance sex hormone production and make the body more resilient to the daily grind. A winning combination in the bedroom for men and women!

Try adding a teaspoon of maca powder to a morning smoothie, yoghurt, cereals or even to cake recipes.

Dark chocolate

Before you reach for the Milky Bar, remember we are talking about good quality dark chocolate here, preferably above 70% cocoa solids.

This rich source of cacao is naturally high in a number of compounds that are very supportive of body and mind.  Magnesium helps to relax muscles and ease tension in the mind, as well as supporting the production of serotonin, the body’s happy neurotransmitter.

Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine – a compound that we have been shown to produce when we are in love.
Given that low mood and stress can be strongly linked with lower sex drive, a few squares of dark chocolate daily is a good way to pump up the passion.

Pumpkin seeds

They aren’t the sexiest of foods, but pumpkin seeds have a plethora of benefits.

Being high in zinc which is essential for mood, mind and hormone balance as well as sperm health, they are a great support for sexual health in men and women.

They are also loaded with libido-supporting vitamins B, E, C, D and K and minerals including calcium, potassium, niacin and phosphorous, as well as being a great source of arginine which research continually shows is essential for sex drive.

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