Danielle Dresden, Medical News Today – Women and men have looked for ways to improve their sex lives for eons, such as trying to find the best foods for sex.
Science suggests that following a heart-healthy diet can improve certain aspects of sexual health.
Researchers studying the Mediterranean Diet, similar to the American Heart Association’s diet, found that people with metabolic syndrome who followed the diet had fewer problems with erectile dysfunction.
Also, many of the foods featured in a heart-healthy diet, such as avocados, asparagus, nuts, seafood, and fruit, have associations with better sex in both traditional medicine and scientific research.
For example, in Nahuatl — the language once used by the Aztecs — the term for avocados was the same as the term for testicles.
Also, researchers found that people who ate avocados had a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a risk factor for ED.
Men with metabolic syndrome are almost twice as likely as men without it to experience ED, so adding healthful fats, such as those in avocados, to a varied diet may help.
Foods to boost libido
Foods that can help people improve their libido are commonly called aphrodisiacs.
Oysters are among the best-known aphrodisiacs. Their effects may be due to their zinc content; oysters have more zinc than any other food per serving.
Other foods high in zinc include:
- red meat
- pine nuts
Foods to help maintain an erection
ED affects up to 30 million men in the United States.
In one study, researchers linked a higher fruit intake to a reduction in the risk of ED. The flavonoid content of many fruits may be responsible for this improvement.
Foods rich in flavonoids include:
- citrus fruits
- hot peppers
- cocoa products
- red wine
- tea (green, white, and black)