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While it’s obvious how male and female sexuality is different, these plant-based vegan foods could boost the sex lives of both genders.
The top foods we have mentioned here are not ranked or listed in any particular order, but each food may have its own benefits to a passionate & healthy sex life. In fact, some of them may act as a natural alternative for viagra.
Many of these foods address low testosterone & estrogen levels, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, and deficiency of zinc and vitamin D which are known physical causes of declining appetite and sexual dysfunction for men and women.
It’s difficult to recommend one particular food to address all the causes of sexual dysfunction, but adding a variety of foods listed below should keep your sex lives healthy, active and long-lasting.
While some are feel-good foods such as dark chocolate & vegan vanilla ice cream that may just spark up your appetite to get you in the mood & hyped up, others would work internally to optimize your health, vigor & stamina.
1) Dark Chocolate
Chocolate is often compared to sex, and for good reasons. One of its ‘romantic chemicals’ is PEA (phenylethylamine) which acts as a nervous system stimulant and a mood enhancer that could give you a sense of euphoria.
Dark chocolate elevates serotonin and dopamine levels in our brains giving us the feelings of joy, and pleasure putting us in the “mood”.
Chocolate also has an amino acid called L-arginine, that can naturally boost sexuality in men & women similar to Viagra by increasing nitric oxide which is a signaling molecule and promotes blood flow to the sexual organs to provide better sensations.
The strawberry seeds contain a high level of zinc which enables the body to produce & regulate testosterone that can improve libido, sperm production and help prevent impotence.
Zinc is also known to maintain your sense of smell which is important in stimulating your appetite.
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants that are beneficial for arteries, healthy blood circulation and blood flow to the sexual organs.
Dip some strawberries in dark chocolate for the combined boost to set you both in the mood and for that extra bit of oomph…
Named by the Aztecs with a meaning of ‘testicle tree’, avocados are rich in minerals and monounsaturated fats that could reduce your bad cholesterol and aid in healthy blood circulation while its vitamin B6 provides energy, elevated mood, and sex hormone balance to enhance libido. B6 can also increase women’s sex drive by regulating thyroid gland.
Folic acid in avocados should improve both male and female libido by metabolizing proteins to provide you with added energy helping you last longer and may help relieve women from menopausal hot flashes that could reinstate their libido.
Avocados are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids as well, which can help decrease anxiety and depression improving your desire to feel ready for bedroom action.
Monounsaturated fats in avocados could help raise your testosterone levels, and its magnesium can maintain it.
4) Chia Seeds
“Chia” named after the Mayan word which means “strength” is a great source of energy used by ancient warriors for stamina. These tiny seeds are a real powerhouse and a little goes a long way.
These super nutritious seeds are another good source of omega-3 that can improve brain health which as a result make a positive impact on libido.
A mere tablespoon would include omega 3’s & 6’s, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, fiber and antioxidants that supply you strength, absorb more energy from food, provide stamina, maintain testosterone levels, improve blood circulation and stimulation.
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Other than seen by many as a ‘phallic symbol’, have you noticed athletes having bananas for a quick boost of energy? Well, they know how well this fruit can aid in performance!
Just like avocados, bananas are an excellent source of B vitamins to give you much-needed energy and reduce your stress levels to get your body & mind ready for action.
They’re also packed with potassium which can boost the production of testosterone that could improve the sex drive of men & women both. Though testosterone is known to be the male sex hormone it’s also produced in woman’s ovaries and has been found to help especially with postmenopausal women to improve their sexual desire.
Further, potassium helps in regulating the thyroid gland which promotes women’s libido.
Almonds come with zinc, selenium, and vitamin E, the kind of vitamins and minerals known to assist with sexual activity & healthy reproduction.
While selenium can help with male infertility issues, vitamin E & zinc could help raise testosterone levels and prevent a lack of sex drive and sexual dysfunction.
Almonds are a good source of good fats such as the omega-3 fatty acids which can increase dopamine levels that can boost mood and arousal.
Garlic has a compound called allicin that can improve your blood flow to sexual organs and pump up your libido.
Allicin can also reduce your cortisol levels which can inhibit the production of testosterone by the adrenal gland.
Garlic is also a source of phytoestrogens which could be a natural source to help women balance their hormones, regulate mood and improve sex drive.
The powerful antioxidants in garlic may reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and improve blood circulation to the sex organs.
In one study where men & women drank a glass of pomegranate juice for 2 weeks, the testosterone levels were increased while the blood pressure had dropped both of which could improve your sex lives and have positive effects on erectile dysfunction.
Pomegranate is a rich source of antioxidants that can reduce arterial plaque, enhance blood vessel dilation and increase the blood flow to the genitals.
Walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and arginine that could possibly increase the production of nitric oxide & dopamine which have the potential to lower depression, affect arousal, improve blood flow and circulation which are all positives for libido.
The healthy fats in walnuts can also minimize vaginal dryness, help in moisturizing mucus membranes and promote lubrication to make sex more convenient & enjoyable.
10) Oatmeal with Vitamin D
Oatmeal comes with the amino acid arginine, which helps in producing nitric oxide that relaxes the muscles of genitals and reduces the stiffness of blood vessels which helps with erections.
Further zinc in oatmeal can help men raise their testosterone levels and if your oatmeal is fortified with vitamin D that may help with erections since low levels of vitamin D has been linked with erectile dysfunction.
Nevertheless, we would always recommend men & women to get vitamin D from the best source by getting exposed to sunlight.
Oatmeal can also lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) which can help release nitric oxide and reduce arterial blocks to improve blood flow and prevent erectile dysfunction.
11) Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream
If healthy food with no romantic odors can’t get you in the mood, then vegan vanilla ice cream may lift your desires through your nose.
Vanilla known for its mood-enhancing powers has historically been considered a natural aphrodisiac.
The smell of vanilla may mimic pheromones, or release sexually arousing scents that could create a sensation of relaxation, and improve penile blood flow.
Besides its smell, any other fantasy with ice cream to jazz up your sex life is totally up to you!
Watermelon could be a natural Viagra due to the antioxidants lycopene & beta-carotene and an amino acid called citrulline which relaxes and dilates blood vessels and provide a natural boost to your sex life.
Though may not work in the same intensity as drugs that treat sexual dysfunction, watermelon may improve blood flow to the tissues of sexual organs which in turn can improve arousal.
Watermelon is also a good source of vitamin B5 and other B vitamins that help in alleviating stress, produce energy & stamina, and dilate blood vessels for better blood flow.
A study conducted at Santa Chiara Regional Hospital in Italy has shown that eating apples on a regular basis has the potential to increase sexual activity in women.
Apples contain phenylethylamine (PEA) a brain stimulant also present in chocolates that gives you an elevated mood, makes you feel excited, happy and give a sense of well-being.
Further antioxidants in apples can increase circulation and blood flow to the regions of reproductive organs that could positively affect arousal & sexuality.
14) Pumpkin Seeds
Another food source loaded with zinc, the all-important nutrient for sexual function which helps the body produce testosterone, maintain sexual desire and for the increased production of potent sperm.
Women too tend to have a heightened sex drive generally with more testosterone levels and they can benefit from zinc in pumpkin seeds to boost their libido.
Tomatoes known as ‘love apples’ are packed with lycopene a powerful antioxidant, which is known to relax blood vessels, increase blood circulation to the genitals enhancing libido in both men & women and improve virility in men by assisting to maintain a healthy prostate.
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