Climaxing issues keeping you off sex? Hitting the so-called ‘Big O’ remains a dream for you? Well, a major reason for your poor sexual prowess can be what lies on your platter.
Nutritionist, Ishi Khosla explains, “Everything that can be summed up as good sex depends to a great extent on your body’s blood circulation, which is made or marred by the food that you consume. Food that facilitates the proper pumping of blood in the body adds to your sexual prowess.”
So, if you are still searching for the right ingredients to constitute a ‘sex-friendly’ platter, here’s the low down on foods that facilitate the Big O!
1. Go green
And you thought, Popeye, the sailor man gulped cans of cans of spinach just like that! Well, it won’t be wrong if we tag spinach as a natural Viagra. This green leafy vegetable is loaded with sexual benefits. “It is rich in Vitamin E, which is a major catalyst in the production of sex hormones in the body. It is also rich in manganese, which facilitates the production of the female hormone estrogen. A deficiency of magnesium also affects a woman’s fertility levels,” informs nutritionist Aishwarya Rajan. “Green leafy veggies are also loaded with zinc, which is known for its libido and sperm production qualities men,” holds dietician Charu Dua.
2. Seeds of fertility
Seeds like flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, chickpeas and sunflower seeds etc. are again friends of sexual hormones. “Consuming one tablespoon of flaxseed every day helps to increase the testosterone level in the body. These seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, a drop in which affects hormone levels leading to a plummeting sex drive. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in zinc which is a mineral needed to produce testosterone,” suggests Delhi-based nutritionist Sanjana Saikia.
3. S for Sea-food
If you have an aversion towards the aqua-species, you better start loving them as they guarantee a smooth sailing sex drive. Be it fish or oysters, they contain the wonder sex drug in them! “Fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which fires up your metabolism, keeping you fresh. It’s also found to boost the hormone dopamine that lights up the brain’s pleasure system. Besides, it even contains Vitamin B that is linked to fertility. Oysters known for their aphrodisiacal traits are the richest source of zinc which nourish the prostate gland and boosts testosterone production in men,” explains Aishwarya.
4. Go nutty
“All kinds of nuts provide one with energy that’s directly proportional to your stamina while having sex,” suggests Sanjana. So, feel free to consume your daily dose of nuts, including almonds, pistachios, walnuts, groundnuts etc. After all, stamina and energy are the driving force behind a satisfying sex life.
5. Fruity Pleasure
All fruits, especially those rich in vitamin C can be vital in sexual gratifications. “The body needs vitamin C to keep the sexual organs fine tuned. Tests reveal that consuming 500-1,000 milligrams of vitamin C in a day increases the number and quality of sperm produced,” holds nutritionist Aishwarya. Some fruits which fall in this category include citrus fruits, specially kiwi, blackcurrants and strawberries.
6. Spice it up!
The right kind of spices not only spice up your palette, but also your bedroom. “Chilli pepper, red chillies and ginger perk up blood circulation,” says Sanjana. So, dig into some spicy food when spicing up things between the sheets.
7. Dark chocolate
You’ve got another reason to fall in love with chocolates, specially the darker varirties. Studies reveal that women who eat chocolate daily lead more sexually satisfying sex lives. “Chocolate contains a chemical called phenethylamine that triggers feelings of relaxation, intoxication and pleasure. It releases mood-boosting, stress-reducing serotonin and stimulates physical contact desires and lowers inhibitions,” explains endocrinologist Dr Pankaj Aggarwal. So, shun those weighty issues for a while and don’t shy away from gorging upon a piece or two of dark chocolate daily.
Bananas are a great sex food. “Bananas are ideal to give you endurance in the bedroom as they are a rich source of vitamin B that converts carbohydrates into energy. It also helps your body to produce sex hormones such as testosterone, “suggests Aggarwal. Having a banana a few hours before getting into action can keep you pepped up!
9. Olive oil
Orgasm worries in women find an answer in olive oil, which triggers the production of the testosterone hormone. “A lack of this hormone can lead to lack of desire and sexual pleasure and an inability to achieve an orgasm. So, be liberal with monounsaturated fats like olive oil,” suggests Charu.
Though, you’ll have to take special care of your breathe before you get into some steamy action after having this wonder sex booster, but a “regular consumption of garlic in food can bring a marked difference in your sexual prowess,” suggests Sanjana.