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Can diet influence libido?

psychologist, sexologist
  • Published:
    06 January 2023
  • Updated:
    29 January 2023
Can diet influence libido?

    Spoiler: it can. But not in the way we think of it. There is no scientific evidence that you can eat a particular product that instantly improves your libido. Any aphrodisiacs, including food ones, are not a medical phenomenon.

    The frequency of eating, quality, and quantity can influence libido. If you overeat, all the body's efforts will be focused on constant digestion. The attraction will be suppressed, so the food signal is stronger than the sexual signal.

    Remember that no food instantly induces sexual desire or an erection.

    However, food positively affects one's psycho-emotional state. Some foods are easy to digest, do not burden the stomach, and with regular consumption, contribute to sexual function.

    Here is a list of the most effective ones.

1. Seafood (and caviar): oysters, octopus, mussels, and prawns. They are high in zinc, selenium, phosphorus, and easily digestible protein. Seafood contributes to the rapid recovery of sperm quality and increases libido.

2. Fish: salmon, tuna. Men who eat redfish have 34% more spermatozoa than those who do not eat fish at all.

3. Tomatoes. It contains lycopene, an antioxidant that helps fight infertility and prostate cancer.

4. Onions and garlic. It increases blood flow to the genitals, improves erections, and is a source of selenium and hydrogen sulfide.

5. Celery. Rich in vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and niacin, just what you need for potency.

6. Nuts: macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts. Lots of magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, E, and B-group.

7. Pumpkin seeds. Very rich in zinc and phosphorus. Zinc is important for normal prostate function.

8. Sunflower seeds. Fifty grams of sunflower seeds contain a daily allowance of vitamin E, which is involved in sperm formation.

9. Olive oil. Leader in vitamin E and omega polyunsaturated acids. It can be consumed in the amount of 2 to 3 tablespoons per day to prevent erectile dysfunction.

10. Pomegranate. It is rich in vitamin B1, manganese, selenium, and serotonin precursor tryptophan and helps improve mood and potency.

11. Ginger. Increases blood circulation to the genitals and increases the sensitivity of erogenous zones.

12. Bananas. The source of magnesium and potassium improves sperm quality.

13. Lemon and orange. Yellow and orange fruits have lutein, which increases testosterone levels in the blood.

14. Pineapple. It contains the enzyme bromelain, which makes sperm taste sweet.

15. Coffee. Men who drink coffee are 42% less likely to experience erectile dysfunction. According to scientists, this is due to the relaxing effect of caffeine on the arteries, which improves blood flow to the penis.

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