If you’ve not been feeling like indulging in sexual activity over the last few weeks, then it could mean that you’re going through a reduced sex drive. Your sex drive is something that is determined by a variety of factors such as mood, physical health and mental health.
However, the good news is that by including certain foods in your diet, you can boost your sex drive. We tell you which items boost your sex drive.
“Watermelon contains the phytonutrient citrulline that gets converted into arginine. This amino acid helps in relaxing the blood vessels, which further leads to improved blood flow to the penis and therefore, boosts sex drive,” says Delhi-based Dr Sunita Arora, who works at Fortis Bloom IVF Centre, Fortis La Femme.
Foods high in potassium like avocado, dried apricots, coconut water are rich in Potassium. Low level of potassium causes imbalances in electrolytes and leads to high blood pressure which can result in erectile dysfunction. Avoid foods high in sugar and fat as these can be a major cause for erectile dysfunction.
Research indicates that Vitamin E-rich foods encourage the production of sex hormones. Almonds have an abundance of Vitamin E, among all nuts and seeds.
“Dark chocolate helps release serotonin and endorphins. These chemicals improve mood and boost sex drive in men,” says Dr Arora.
Caffeine is a known vasoconstrictor which can reduce blood flow if coffee is consumed in excess. However, drinking 2–3 cups of coffee per day may help in boosting sex drive in men, according to research.
Saffron is a natural aphrodisiac and improves sex drive. It also increases a man’s stamina and energy in bed.
“Eggs help in balancing hormone levels and fights stress as it contains Vitamins B5 and B6 in abundance. It also helps in increasing the libido,” says Dr Kanu Singh Rajput, a sexologist on the medical app, Lybrate.
Nuts are a rich source of energy, protein, and minerals. Nuts like almonds and pistas are a natural source of Zinc, Manganese and Copper which help in maintaining the erection of penis. These nuts are also known for improving the sperm quality and count.
“Zinc improves the flow of blood to major organs of the body. Dark green vegetables are a rich source of Zinc. A person suffering from this disease should consume dark green vegetables as it will help in improving the flow of blood to the penis,” says Dr Rajput.
Moreover, consulting an Ayurvedic sexologist can give a 180-degree turn for a patient suffering from erectile dysfunction as they treat them with herbal and natural medicines.