The belief that certain foods can boost your sexual performance is far from new. Throughout history, many foods have been attributed the power to improve sex and combat erectile problems. Here is our run down of the best ones to try. Here are some examples from food critic Anna Ziuzina:

Chocolate

Chocolate contains the ‘feel-good chemicals’ phenylethylamine and serotonin. First found in South American rainforests, the cacao tree was sacred to Mayan civilizations. The Aztec ruler Montezuma is also alleged to have drunk 50 goblets of chocolate a day to increase his sexual stamina.

Honey

Rich in B vitamins, which contribute to the body’s production of testosterone. Honey becomes a drink called mead when fermented. People drank mead in medieval times to increase sexual longing. After their wedding, a couple would drink mead every day for a month in ancient Persia, known as the ‘honey month’ – the origin of today’s ‘honeymoon’.

Liquorice

Commonly used to boost libido back in ancient China, even modern day studies suggest that the smell of liquorice can stimulate sexual arousal.

Garlic

In old days, it used to be the case that Tibetan monks weren’t allowed to enter a monastery if they’d been eating garlic, because it is said to increase the circulation.

Asparagus

On their wedding night, grooms in 19th century France were given a three course meal of asparagus. Packed with vitamins and minerals, asparagus is thought to boost the body’s production of histamines, which are needed for both men and women to reach orgasm.

Do these foods really make a difference? 

Changing your diet can improve your sex life since it can prevent or even improve a problem like erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is primarily caused by the same process which leads to cardiovascular disease and heart problems. So if you want to improve your sex life, eat healthily. Foods which help your heart and cardiovascular health also promote a healthy sexual function.

 

So which foods should I eat?

Following a healthy diet will boost your overall health and it can help prevent sexual problems. Aiming to get your five fruit and veg a day is also a fantastic way of feeling and looking better, as does avoiding foods which contain a large amount of saturated fat, such as bacon, fast food as well as many ready-meals and cheeses. Instead of these items, choose foods which are rich in monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and omega 3 fatty acids. Following this advice will greatly improve your overall health and make you feel a lot better day to day, as well as help prevent your risk of sexual dysfunctions caused by an unhealthy diet.

For more information about what foods can spice up your love life, visit the Anna Ziuzina page here.