It should come as no surprise that at Penuma®, we are concerned with optimizing men’s confidence. While our focus is on aesthetic enhancement, many men are also concerned with satisfying sexual function. There are so many factors that affect peak sexual function that it’s easy to get lost in the jargon.
Simply put: libido is complex, but we have a few quick and easy tips for stimulating arousal and building towards a healthy sex life.
What is Libido?
The first question for anyone struggling in the bedroom is: what is libido? Libido is as much a concept as a descriptor, but in short, a healthy libido means having a healthy sex drive.
Psychoanalytic theory views the concept as a psychic drive for sex or a sexual instinct, but today it is commonly used as a euphemism for physical, sexual arousal.
How do Food and Libido Interact?
With libido, you are what you eat. A balanced diet and regular exercise can work wonders for your energy levels, sexual stamina, testosterone production, and more. Healthy foods act as a source of vitamins as much as an aphrodisiac, while an unhealthy diet (full of fried foods, carbohydrates, and bad fats) will increase your risk of erectile dysfunction and your risk of heart disease.
Who wouldn’t want an improved libido with a side serving of heart-healthy benefits?
It should be noted that a healthy diet isn’t a silver bullet when it comes to complex issues like antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction, some instances of erectile dysfunction, and overall sexual endurance.
Still, it is a simple first step to reclaiming your sexual intimacy with your partner.
What Foods Increase Libido
These libido boosters will help you improve your bedroom antics by increasing sex drives, strengthening erectile function, and heightening the pleasure from sexual activities with a bonus of improved cardiac health, brain health, cholesterol levels, and blood circulation.
Here are a few of our favorite libido boosters to bring the heat back to your bedroom in record time.
Not only are they delicious, but apples contain multiple polyphenols, antioxidants, and flavonoids that protect you from prostate cancer and increase blood flow to your penis, all while whitening your teeth. Just make sure you don’t peel off the skin! The skin is where most of these promising chemical compounds live.
(Apples aren’t just for Adam! They’ve also been shown to increase female libido as well.)
Avocados are a superfood full of penis-friendly compounds like vitamin B6 and zinc alongside omega-3 fatty acids (for heart health) and folic acid, which increases your energy and maybe even your sexual stamina.
Bananas are the ultimate source of potassium in the fruit world, which aids in blood circulation and overall sexual health.
4. Brazil Nuts
It’s time to go nuts for your nuts. Brazil Nuts are rich in a chemical compound called selenium, which has been linked to increased sperm production and motility (the movement of individual sperm).
Carrots are the perfect food to help improve your sperm count; in this case, it’s from the chemical carotenoids, which also happen to give the veggie its distinctive orange hue.
Another nut for your nuts. Cashews are a great source of zinc, a nutrient known for boosting testosterone and blocking the
enzymes that convert it to estrogen. These are an actual sex drive enhancer for men.
Spicy chili peppers are not for the faint of heart, and scientific studies have shown that men who regularly eat spicy food have elevated levels of testosterone. The T-boost comes from the chemical capsaicin, which tricks the brain into believing that the food is burning your tongue.
This stimulation elevates the heart rate, fires nerve endings, and releases endorphins that give you a natural high and can put you in the mood.
An added benefit to all this exertion is the constriction of blood vessels, which can have the added benefit of increasing blood flow to your member.
One of our favorite aphrodisiacs, chocolate, contains compounds that fire up the pleasure centers of your brain by increasing dopamine levels. It doesn’t hurt that chocolate is almost universally enjoyed and can be melted and eaten off of your partner.
Dual use? Check.
Just make sure you don’t forget an extra bar next time you are in the grocery store.
Cranberries (like citrus fruits) are full of vitamin C and B, which help synthesize sex hormones and reduce stress levels.
It turns out that coffee can really get you going. Some studies have demonstrated that two to three cups of coffee can help to prevent erectile dysfunction. Caffeine improves blood flow, relaxing the arteries of your penis and strengthening erections.
Talk about a jolt of energy.
Garlic gets an undeserved bad rap when it comes to romance. Sure it’s strong, but it smells great while cooking and is good for your health.
The main benefit comes from the elevated levels of allicin in garlic, a compound that increases the blood flow to sexual organs for both men and women.
It’s a surprising solution for both sexes.
Leafy greens like spinach are rich in blood flow boosting folate compounds as well as t-boosting magnesium. While they are often used as synonyms, folate and folic acid are slightly different; but both critical to normal male sexual function.
It was news to us that “sowing your wild oats” was more than just a folksy turn of phrase, but those wild oats (avena sativa) are considered nature’s viagra.
They are rich in the amino acid L-arginine, which can help cure erectile dysfunction by relaxing the pencil blood vessels and helping you achieve orgasm.
A bowl of oatmeal has never looked more appealing.
14. Olive Oil
Olives and olive oil are perfect foods if you are struggling in the bedroom.
This amazing food is tied to increased libido in males (particularly increased testosterone) and has positive effects on cardiovascular health.
The improved blood flow, as you can imagine, is vital for male sexual arousal.
Oysters are possible our favorite choice for natural aphrodisiacs. Consumed as a libido enhancer since ancient times, the health benefits of our favorite bivalve verge on spiritual.
Scientifically they are loaded with minerals that raise your testosterone levels like zinc and are virtually zero calories. You can burn belly fat while setting the mood.
Pomegranates are a superfood that packs a mighty nutritional punch. They are full of fiber and are high in potassium, which effectively regulates blood glucose levels and blood pressure. According to a study in the International Journal of Impotence, just one glass of pomegranate juice a day can provide noticeable improvement in cases of erectile dysfunction.
Another nut for your nuts, this superfood is full of omega-3 fatty acids that enhance the motility of your sperm (according to the Biology of Reproduction) and contribute to overall cardiovascular health for a stronger erection.
Bottom Line on Foods that Increase Libido
While this list is nowhere near conclusive, we hope that it at least give you a path towards a higher sex drive and a better sex life.
The foods in this list can be found in most groceries or health food stores, and in conjunction with regular exercise and a good night’s sleep, will transform your bedroom performance.