By Rebecca Torchia
Doctors and weight loss programs love to tell people what they should be eating to keep themselves healthy. Carrots are good for the eyes and milk makes strong bones. They typically don’t mention, however, that oysters increase your libido or that celery causes arousal in many women.
Raw oysters are a well-known aphrodisiac.
“Oysters are high in zinc which is known to raise your sperm count and increase testosterone production,” according to Le Cordon Bleu’s website, a school that specializes in culinary arts.
Le Cordon Bleu said these shellfish also contain dopamine, which not only makes people happy but also increases sex drive.
A more vegan-friendly option to boost sex drive is celery. This crunchy snack works especially well on women. This is because, while celery is primarily composed of water, it also contains androsterone, according to PETA’s website.
Androsterone is “the odorless hormone released when guys sweat, which acts as a pheromone to turn their partners on,” according to PETA.org.
This doesn’t only mean higher libido, but it could also mean an increase in the frequency of sex.
Not a fan of oysters or celery? Eggs also contain aphrodisiacal properties. Eggs are “high in B5 and B6, which help balance hormone levels and fight stress,” according to MSN.
These vitamins also produce the energy necessary to keep people active. High energy and regulated hormones lead to better sex.
“They take the energy from food and turn it into energy that you can use,” Jane Jakubczak, coordinator for nutrition services at the University Health Center, said.
Chicken eggs aren’t the only source of B5 and B6. Caviar count as eggs too, and they have the same nutrients. They supply these vitamins just as chicken eggs do and should not be overlooked.
Perhaps the most well known food for improving one’s sex life is the pineapple.
According to NBC News, “drinking a good sized glass of pineapple juice a couple of hours before the deed can help make your bodily fluids taste and even smell better.”
Eating pineapple works also, but perhaps not as well as a healthy serving of juice. The enzymes and acids in pineapple work to change the taste of the ejaculate. Because of this, other fruits may work too, at a less effective level.
A change in diet may be all it takes to advance one’s libido. Healthy eating is not just for those who want to stay in shape; it is also for those who want to have better sex.
“Anyone who’s consuming better nutrients will be healthier and sexually healthy,” Jakubczak said.