Forget superfoods only found deep in the Amazon or high in the Andes that you need a loan to buy. The most basic plant based foods have properties that are particularly beneficial to men. Some of these foods help male libido whereas others help with the common causes of sexual problems such as stress and tiredness.
Give these foods a go if you want to spice up your love life. All natural foods have healthy properties so it’s no surprise that a varied diet with plenty of plants has many health benefits. There’s limited evidence that a plant based diet alone can cure erectile dysfunction but lots of foods can help. If you have serious concerns such do consult a doctor.
1. Pumpkin Seeds
These green seeds contain a high amount of zinc – the mineral that is important for the male sex drive. A great plant based alternative to oysters.
Pumpkin seeds are also high in omega 3 which helps boost sexual desire. Women can also benefit from these sexy seeds as they lower the levels of testosterone in females to prevent a low sex drive.
Zinc also helps boost sperm levels and mobility that helps when trying to conceive.
It’s no better than any other leafy green for muscles, someone put the decimal point in the wrong place and thanks to Popeye the myth continues to be believed!
However what spinach does have is a high level of magnesium. This mineral is great at increasing the blood flow around the body, particularly for the penis. It acts in a similar way to viagra, not quite as potent but a good food to incorporate.
3. Hemp Seeds
Forget salmon for healthy fats – hemp seeds contain the same goodness. They contain the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. These are vital for healthy hormone production and eating foods high in these fatty acids boost libido and improves erectile function.
Hemp is great as it grows virtually anywhere and often needs no pesticides or fertilisers.
Chia seeds, walnuts and pecans contain the same healthy fats. Overnight chia pudding is a great easy healthy and filling breakfast.
Some believe that walnuts are good for the brain because of the resemblance, so it’s no surprise that bananas are good for men.
The high levels of potassium in bananas help produce male sex hormones. They also contain the enzyme bromelain that helps with testosterone production. Also a rich source of B vitamins that help fight stress and increase energy.
If you have organic bananas try making banana tea to absorb lots of the goodness.
It’s a common misconception that celery burns more calories than it contains and people often disregard this veggie as boring.
However, it helps with the production of pheromone androsterone that has been shown to be a natural aphrodisiac.
Celery also helps to relax the blood vessels giving a more intense climax.
This large red juicy fruit contains an amino acid that increases blood flow. This can help give longer and harder erections.
Foods high in antioxidants help to improve blood flow and can help with erectile dysfunction. One of the foods highest in antioxidants is cocoa. Enjoy dark 70% or more cacao chocolate or raw cacao nibs to boost your antioxidant levels.
Raw cacao is higher in antioxidants than normal cocoa. When you take into account the higher cost of cacao then cocoa is the better choice if you are on a budget as its still high in antioxidants. The difference between cocoa and cacao.
As men get older the levels of testosterone decrease, peaking at about age 24 for most men. Broccoli helps boost testosterone levels by ridding the body of excess oestrogen.
The same benefit can be had from all cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts, kale, bok choi and kohlrabi.
Similar to watermelons these increase the production of nitric oxide. This helps blood flow to treat erectile dysfunction.
This common staple not only contains minerals that help the sex drive it also is one of the most ethical foods due to mineralising soil as it grows and using a low amount of water.
Similar to pumpkin seeds lentils are high in zinc so increases testosterone and helps sperm health.