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Get in the Mood With These Libido-Boosting Foods

May 29 2014 - 2:20pm

If you're suffering from a low libido, either from your hormonal birth control, long hours at the office, depression, or any reason at all, you may feel better knowing you're not alone — 40 percent of women experience a dip in their sex drive [1]. If you're ready to kick your sex drive into gear, there are many natural ways to do so, including eating these foods.

Oysters

This type of seafood is known for improving your sex life, not because they're sexy to slip into your mouth, but because they're high in zinc [2], a mineral that boosts the testosterone levels needed to increase your sex drive. Zinc also inhibits the production of prolactin, a hormone that can disrupt sexual function. If you're not a fan of oysters, go for steak or hamburgers since beef is another zinc source.

Dark Chocolate

Bite into chocolate with high levels of cocoa (70 percent or more). Not only does cocoa contain zinc, but chocolate also increase the brain's dopamine levels, the neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure. It's also a source of phenylethylamine, a compound that triggers the same endorphins brought on by sex [3].

Pepitas

These gems are also high in zinc, which blocks the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen and boosts sex drive [4]. Sprinkle some on your cereal or sweet potatoes [5].

Flaxseed

High in omega-3s, this fatty acid helps boost feel-good dopamine levels as well as improves circulation [6] and blood flow to your lady parts. If you're not a flaxseed fan, walnuts, fish like salmon, and omega-3 eggs are also excellent sources.

Bananas

Easy to digest, bananas are high in vitamin B6, which regulates hormone levels, decreases stress, and has been proven to fight a slew of PMS symptoms [7], so you'll feel well enough to get it on before your period arrives. Fish, turkey, chicken, avocados, and spinach are also good sources of this vitamin.

Strawberries

Sensual to eat, strawberries are also high in vitamin C, which studies show can increase female libido [8] by increasing blood flow. Citrus fruits, kiwi, and peppers are also high in vitamin C.

Quinoa

The amino acid L-arginine, which is found in quinoa, has been shown to increase blood flow to the clitoris [9]. Oats are another source you can easily add to your diet.


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