There are no two ways about it. A crappy diet not only wreck adds to a potbelly — it also leads to miserable sex life. The smallest and tiniest of blood vessels and nerves are found in your penis. Junk food like pizza and burger clogs them with fat and cholesterol.
Restricted blood flow means a longer time in an erection. It further risks your heart health too.
Healthy food is like fuel for misters to keep it up — Just like you maintain your car.
Here are some foods that you should add to your everyday grocery list to give your sex life an energy boost:
- Legumes, whole grains, and olive oil
These are three core ingredients of a Mediterranean diet. Italian researchers conducted a study on 35 men who were diagnosed with ED and metabolic syndrome. Amongst other criterion, aspects like heart issue were assessed in the test. These men were told to load up their plates with whole grains, olive oil, and legumes. On the other hand, about thirty of them followed an unmonitored diet. They all had metabolic syndrome. After almost two years, the same study revealed that nearly 33.3% of these men were able to perform sexual functions normally. They also got a respite from other issues like their inflammation levels went down.
- Spinach, peppers and peach
Rich in Vitamin C, these foods are a must-have for healthy sperm, as per a study from the University of Texas Medical Branch. They conducted a study of 75 men who were heavy smokers with poor semen quality. As per the research, the men were categorised into three groups. Within a month, results revealed that the group consuming more of Vitamin C had a higher sperm count. There was a drastic improvement in how their sperm swam faster. Their sperms were also able to survive for a longer duration.
According to research by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, coffee can boost sex life. This study was conducted on 3,700 men. These men were made to drink about 2-3 cups of coffee a day —between 170 to 375 milligrams that helped fight ED or erectile dysfunction issues. The arteries in the penis are able to relax with regular consumption of coffee. This, in turn, helps increase blood flow to the organ.
- Eggs and dairy
Eggs and dairy products, especially fortified milk, are essential to improve your sex life. They are loaded with Vitamin D. A research was conducted on men who had about 3,332 IU of vitamin D or a placebo for a year, every day. The study revealed that the testosterone levels significantly increased — thanks to the overload of Vitamin D. This hormone is the power-station feeling your sex drive.
- Pistachios, almonds, and walnuts
Nuts help to get a significant improvement in their erectile function. In women, it enhances the ability to orgasm. On the whole, along with sexual urges and satisfaction, one can experience a general feeling of cheerfulness too. It also boosts higher HDL, which is referred to as a form of cholesterol that is beneficial for the body. On the other hand, it also reduces LDL or more harmful cholesterol. Pistachios, in particular, contain a high amount of amino acid. This increases nitric oxide content in the human body too.
So, the next time you go grocery shopping, don’t forget these essentials to boost your sex drive!
Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP