With hectic lifestyles, our diets often go for a toss. And though you try your bit to opt for healthy foods, your taste buds probably push you in the wrong direction — so the humble avocado toast gets replaced by a cheesy burger. But do you know your diet impacts and determines your libido levels?

Based on the studies, we can select foods that contain essential vitamins and components, and which help boost and enhance sexual function and sexual experience.

So the next time you have a romantic evening in mind, make sure some of these foods are included in the meal (and your every day’s too)


This fruit is rich in unsaturated fat and contains very little saturated fat, which makes it just right for your heart and arteries. A stronger heartbeat ensures more flow to the right places and, in turn, boosts your libido. Research shows that men with heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction as compared to men who don’t.


Rich in zinc, Oysters, give a perfect boost for your libido. Plus, it’s easy to cook and doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket.


These leaves contain minerals and antioxidants that are essential for overall sexual wellness. These restrict the absorption of many different kinds of environmental contaminants, which are known for potentially decreasing libido. Pile up your salads and pizza with these.


Studies reveal that since ancient times almonds help increase passion and to aid in infertility. No wonder that Bollywood flicks always have a wholesome glass of almond milk on wedding nights. Additionally, the almonds also have trace minerals like Zinc, Vitamin C, and many other nutrients that help in increasing your libido levels.


Figs, both fresh and dried versions, are loaded with soluble and non-soluble fiber. Figs are suitable for the heart and provide a variety of benefits. Increased level of fiber in the fig is also known to aid digestion — so a flatter stomach’s on the line too.

Oranges/ Lemons

Citrus fruits like oranges and lemon are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid. All of these improve the reproductive health of men and boost sexual functions.


Strawberries are a rich source of folic acid, which is known to boost overall sexual performance. Women are advised to have more strawberries because it helps to decrease congenital disabilities. Of course, the lusciousness of red associated with strawberries also evokes sexual attraction.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are loaded with potassium, which in turn helps to combat hypertension — which is a direct cause of erectile dysfunction.


This juicy, low-calorie food is packed with lycopene and beta carotene that helps relax blood vessels and increase libido


The vibrant green broccoli is packed with vitamin C, which aids in blood circulation to various organs across the body. It helps increase libido.


Cloves are a great mouth freshener and is just what you need when things start turning a little hot. In India, cloves have been used for centuries to treat male sexual dysfunction.


Try and include some of these fruits in your everyday diet; they are sure to improve your sex life!

Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP

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