11 Foods Guaranteed to Make You Better at Sex
You don’t need to be better at sex, because you’re definitely already quite accomplished, but there’s certainly always room for improvement. And since specific nutrients and foods help to keep your important body parts working full throttle, supplementing your diet with these 11 foods is a surefire way to excel in the sack.
StrawberriesThey dip these bad boys in chocolate for a reason. But beyond looking sexy and tasting great, Health.com says strawberries are high in antioxidants and are good for blood circulation. (FYI, blood circulation is kiiind of essential for stimulating certain... parts.) The high vitamin C content in strawberries, along with all their antioxidants, has also been linked to a higher sperm count in men.
Unsweetened teaTea contains an antioxidant known as catechin, which promotes all that aforementioned essential blood flow. Plus, catechin boosts memory, mood, and focus. Slugging back glasses of unsweetened tea will help you remember to focus during The Act.
GingerGinger is a top-notch defense against colds and flus, which keeps you sexy because snot is not. Now you can use those bedside tissues for something other than a runny nose. Like, sex stuff. Sneak some ginger into a bourbon cocktail or eat it as a side with your sushi. The latter is a total sushi restaurant faux pas, but you should make choices that are right for you.
AvocadosToast is certainly not the only thing that can benefit from superfood avocados. According to Health.com, the creamy green stuff has vitamin E, potassium, and vitamin B6, which promotes blood flow and reduces the risk of heart disease, which makes you much less likely to pull a Roger Sterling. And FYI, dudes with heart disease are double as likely to have ED, which, in case you didn’t know, IS NOT GREAT FOR SEX.
EggsHigh-protein, low-calorie eggs are super healthy, plus they boost stamina and endurance during high-intensity workouts. So sure they’ll help you on the treadmill, but between the sheets is where it really counts. Additionally, Registered dietician Amy Peck tells us, “Eggs contain all the necessary amino acids to keep your muscles strong and are known for their ability to keep you fuller longer so your energy doesn’t crash at a critical moment!”
Sweet potatoesA high level of potassium helps to fight high blood pressure, which cuts down on... you guessed it... circulation! Getting blood pumping to all the right places is important for all parties involved. "Be sure to eat the skin, which contains 5 grams of fiber to keep you regular (nothing like being constipated to crash your sex drive!) as well as vitamins C, E, folate, beta carotene and iron," says Peck. (And they happen to be an excellent hangover cure!).
AlmondsZinc, selenium, and vitamin E in almonds are important for sexual health and reproduction. Selenium has been known to help with infertility and zinc produces sexual hormones in men.
FigsFigs are major fertility boosters and help ladies release super-sexy pheromones. Plus, just look at them -- they look exactly like the body part they help!
Sesame seedsSesame seeds contain sky-high levels of zinc, which make them another great food for increasing the sperm count and testosterone in men (low testosterone is linked to low libido). Gives whole new meaning to the term, “open sesame"!! As in, sesame seeds will make men more open to participating in consensual sexual relations.
WatermelonWatermelon is mostly water, but the melon part is packed with sexy essentials. According to Science Daily, watermelon has ingredients that can give Viagra-like effects to blood vessels. The nutrient citrulline is also in watermelon, which the body converts to arginine. This amino acid helps relax blood vessels in the same way that Viagra does.
ClovesThis sex superfood has been used in Indian culture to boost female libido and treat ED in men. Don’t go munching on whole cloves though -- a chai tea latte will do just fine.
Meagan Drillinger is a freelance writer for Thrillist and is currently blending a ginger-avocado-almond smoothie. With a side of eggs. No reason. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @drillinjourneys.