Making love is something everyone looks forward to, and couples want to do it feeling relaxed, but not everyone is able to enjoy sexual desire to the peak because a condition such as impotence sets in. There are, however, foods that can help people get into the romantic mood. Let us explore.
Communicate openely about your desires with your partner.
Avocado: Avocado on toast in the morning is refreshing and tasty, and what a way to get into the romantic mood first thing in the morning! It is a powerful aphrodisiac contributed by the high vitamin E content. It is good for the glossy skin as well.
Banana: Banana on cereal or a bowl of banana and milk is tasty, and the fruit is delicious by itself, and yes it is a good aphrodisiac. It has the enzyme bromelain that helps in production of testosterone; and you need not to worry about acquiring energy, the vitamin B and potassium level in banana helps in maintaining good energy.
Pine nuts: A handful of pine nuts are tasty and for those who are in the mood there is nothing like it, it has good amount of zinc which is known to promote healthy libido. You can carry some pine nuts with you in office, or just have it whenever you like.
Honey: There is a saying called honeymoon and it is apt, honey does promote the desire for sex, contributed by the boron that provides energy and also regulates levels of testosterone and estrogen. Honey is easily available and can be had on cereal and toast. What is even more amazing is there is not much effort in spreading honey on bread or having it plain.
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Fenugreek: Fenugreek is popular in South Asian dishes and it was used in ayurvedic medicine to boost libido. It helps in production of testosterone and estrogen and based on a scientific experiment a small group of men who were given 600mg of fenugreek extract for a period of six weeks showed increased orgasm and sexual arousal.
Saffron: Saffron is a delicacy in south-west Asian cuisine and this spice is a remedy to treat mood disorder, stress and depression. A study has revealed that men who consumed 30 mg saffron for four weeks had better erectile function compared to placebo experiments.
Red ginseng: Red ginseng is widely used to treat sexual function and improve libido in women and men, and it has shown tremendous potential in treating erectile dysfunction in men.
The herb is also highly beneficial in improving sexual arousal in menopausal women. It is important to check with a doctor on how much to consume, because red ginseng can result in constipation and headaches.
Pistachio nuts: Pistachio nuts can reduce erectile dysfunction symptoms and a study has shown that men who ate 100g of pistachios in a day for a period of three weeks had better flow to penis and hence better erections. Pistachio nuts have high amount of healthy fats, fibre and protein and it is also good for weight control and cardiovascular health.
Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate increases the dopamine level that promotes feeling of happiness that triggers sexual desire. It is rich in serotonin, amphetamine and phenylethylamine all known to increase feeling of sexual desire. Dark chocolate also has anadamide that increases production of dopamine creating a feel good factor.
Asparagus: Asparagus has high vitamin E content that increases blood flow to genitals, and it is a tasty vegetable to feel refreshed. It is loaded with potassium that helps in production of estrogen and progesterone.
Oysters: A popular delicacy around the globe is oysters, it has high zinc content that helps in production of semen and regulates sexual hormones. So if you are in the mood for sea food and want to enjoy being a couple than oysters is a good idea.
Salmon: High in omega-3 fatty acid content, salmon is tasty and also extremely good for skin and hair, and for those who are into romance, salmon is a good choice. The omega-3 fatty acids helps in increasing levels of dopamine that spikes arousal and it also maintains healthy hormone function.
Open and split a bottle of red wine with your partner.
Red wine: On the thought of indulging in romance, an image that strikes is red wine, it is loaded with antioxidants that boosts libido. It is important to not over consume, and have it in moderate amount which is one drink a day for women and two for men. Also seek advice from doctor on how much to drink.
The juicy red fruit is a new sexual star.
Watermelon: Watermelon has citrulline, this is a plant nutrient that is good for immune system and heart health. It increases nitric oxide that enhances circulation by opening up blood vessels, and it sparks the need to get into a romantic mood.
Cherry: The juiciness of a cherry is great to feel good and energetic, and it is a good aphrodisiac food as it has potassium, vitamin E, A and C that help in the synthesis of sexual hormones. Cherry on cereal or cherry juice is a fantastic way to start the day.
Almond: Any time you feel fatigued, grab a few almonds, it has healthy amount of omega-3 fatty acids required for testosterone production. Almonds are good for overall sexual and reproductive health; it helps in maintaining healthy libido, fertility and reproductive function.
A healthy reproductive system is vital to make love and deliver a healthy baby, and there are aphrodisiac foods that can make the process of having sex enjoyable.
It is important to consult a doctor if there is a problem with fertility and the medication that can be taken. Also talk to the doctor about your eating habits and lifestyle.
A healthy diet along with exercise will lead to a healthy reproductive system.
It is essential for the couple to have a good understanding between each other, and there should not be any kind of blame game.
A strong co-ordination with both families is also needed, and it is imperative to visit a trusted medical practitioner.
It is important for the couple and families to not feel too stressed as there is a lot of help available in today’s times.
By Shivani Naghnoor