Much of the lore surrounding the desire- and performance-enhancing effects of certain foods is anecdotal. But a good diet can help boost your libido and ensure your body is working well. A poor diet can lead to a host of health issues, which may negatively effect your sex life. For example, erectile dysfunction is often linked to obesity and diabetes, which can be caused by a poor diet.
Food is an important part of your everyday life and overall health. So it may not surprise you that your diet can affect your sex life. Changing your eating habits and behaviors may not be a cure-all for sexual issues, but it’s a good place to start.
Humans have looked for ways to improve their sexual experience for thousands of years, including trying to discover the best foods for sex.
Scientists have linked a variety of foods with better sex. In this article, learn about which foods to eat to boost libido, improve stamina, and enhance your sex life.
Foods to boost libido
Foods that can help people improve their libido are commonly called aphrodisiacs, after Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love.
Oysters are among the most famous aphrodisiacs in history. Their effects may be due to their zinc content.
Zinc is a mineral the body needs every day for many vital functions, such as cell metabolism, stamina, and regulating levels of testosterone
. Testosterone is the most important male sex hormone.
One older study found that zinc might be helpful for treating ED in people with chronic kidney disease.
Oysters have more zinc than any other food per serving. Some examples of other foods that are high in zinc are:
- fortified breakfast cereal
- pine nuts
However, sexual desire is complex and has to do with many more factors than just nutrition, including an individual’s relationships, stress levels, and personal preference.
It is natural for people to experience ups and downs in their interest in sex. Many alternative healthcare practitioners claim diet can help.
Medically reviewed by Natalie Olsen, R.D., L.D., ACSM EP-C