We’ve all heard of the aphrodisiac powers of oysters and chocolate. Old wives’ tales? Well not exactly. The keys to enhancing romantic and sexual performance in men and women include improving your blood circulation, your ability to experience pleasure, and your drive. You may be surprised to learn that five nutrients found in a variety of foods have been scientifically proven to give you a better sex life. And, just so you know, these include the nutrients found in oysters and dark chocolate.
What are these elixirs of passion? Let’s start with those that improve your circulation: nitrates and arginine.
#1: Nitrates: Sounds like a bad chemical that might be put in processed foods, but nitrates in natural foods are incredible for your health. Your body uses them to make nitric oxide, the master compound that regulates the function of your arteries. If you increase nitric oxide levels, your arteries will dilate, your blood vessel function will improve, and along with it, you will enhance your athletic, sexual, and blood vessel performance. When men consume foods with “good nitrates” they have better romantic performance. When women eat these foods, they feel more aroused and receptive.
Foods that are rich in nitrates include:
Not surprising then, that Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and rapture, recommended beets as an aphrodisiac.
#2: Arginine: Arginine is another compound the body uses to make nitric oxide. Clinical studies have shown than arginine improves romantic and sexual function. Increase arginine, and you will increase blood flow for men and women.
Foods that are rich in arginine include:
Next, are foods that increase your ability to feel physical pleasure. The brain requires a chemical compound called dopamine for romantic desire and fulfillment. Endorphins are other compounds that increase relaxation and the sense of fulfillment. Endorphins allow us to feel relaxed, calm, and satisfied.
#3: Tyrosine: To make dopamine, you require a couple nutrients. The most important is an amino acid called tyrosine.
Foods that are rich in tyrosine include:
#4: Endorphin precursors: A variety of foods including salmon, vanilla, and bananas have been reported to increase endorphin production, but by far the top rated is:
#5: Zinc: Foods that enhance adrenal function stimulate sex drive and libido. To have drive, you need good adrenal function, and in particular you need zinc. Food rich in zinc include:
What undermines romantic performance? Well that would be too much alcohol. You need hydration, so enjoy sparkling water and iced green tea, but keep your alcohol intake moderate. Since you won’t be drinking much, you might as well splurge and buy a special bottle of red wine or champagne. Just stick to one to two servings per person, clearly not more than one serving per hour.
Now that you know the top foods for romantic function and pleasure, you should be able to guess my recommended menu for Valentine’s Day or your anniversary.
Recipes for a Loving Day
Appetizers: (Good choices include)
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