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40+ FOODS FOR GREAT SEX: APHRODISIACS, STAY WET (WOMEN) AND PERFORM WELL (MEN)

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I’ve had people ask me questions about foods that are great for sex and foods that should be eaten before sex if you want to last longer. Truth is, when considering foods that will be great for sex, there are so many things to look at because so many things come to play for an individual to have a great time. We are talking about sex hormones, stamina, nutrients, minerals, and hydration. 

With regards to hydration, all you need to do is drink a lot of water daily since water is very essential for your health, vaginal lubrication, and sexual function. 

Sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone are very important for great sex. Estrogen is responsible for vaginal lubrication, hence low levels causes vaginal dryness. Testosterone is responsible for sexual desire and it is present in both men (high amounts) and women (relatively low amounts). A reduction in testosterone levels can affect an individual’s libido greatly and make them have little or no interest in sex. 

Nutrients and minerals necessary for great sexual function include zinc, magnesium, potassium, isoflavone, l-arginine, vitamins and several others. Zinc is necessary for estrogen and testosterone level regulation. Additionally, zinc and magnesium deficiency causes vaginal dryness. Isoflavone mimics estrogen function in lubricating the vagina and l-arginine improves female sexual desire and satisfaction. L-arginine is also great for erectile function, so it gives men harder and longer erections. 

In this post, I will introduce you to foods that improve sexual function so that the next time you go shopping for groceries, you can fill your cart with more of such foods. 

FOODS FOR VAGINAL LUBRICATION (WETTER VAGINA) 

Always remember that the vagina needs to be wet for sex to be pleasurable for a woman. These foods increase estrogen levels or contain minerals necessary for vaginal lubrication:

  • Kidney beans 
  • Soy foods
  • Nuts (walnuts, almonds, and peanuts)
  • Flax seeds 
  • Sesame seeds
  • Garlic
  • Dried fruits (like apricots, prunes, and dates)
  • Wholegrain bread
  • Bell peppers 

FOODS FOR TO BOOST YOUR SEX DRIVE

These foods should increase your desire for sex and boost your libido.  

Notable libido-boosters/aphrodisiacs for both men and women:

  • Maca 

Maca is available in capsules, liquid extracts, or powder. Combining the root with sea moss has been known to work great at increasing libido and stamina. It helps with arousal and makes you last longer (erections). Try it! 

  • Ginseng 

Ginseng is a reputed aphrodisiac and is used to treat sexual dysfunction (problems with sexual response, desire, and inability to get orgasms). 

  • Fenugreek

This works great to increase sexual desire and arousal in both men and women. 

  • Ginkgo 

This is a natural aphrodisiac for both men and women. You can consume it often for a boost in sexual function.

These work as great aphrodisiacs because they contain high amounts of zinc:

  • Oysters 
  • Crabs 
  • Truffles
  • Lobsters
  • Red meat (steak, beef, pork)
  • Pine nuts 
  • Fortified cereals
  • Pumpkin seeds 
  • Yogurt 

Cashews

These increase testosterone levels for higher libido in both men and women:

  • Pomegranates 
  • Red grapes 
  • Spinach
  • Hemp seeds 
  • Avocados
  • Figs

FOODS THAT MAKE MEN LAST LONGER (GET AND MAINTAIN AN ERECTION)

Nutrients like flavonoids reduce a man’s risks of having erectile dysfunction. It’s easier to maintain erections for a much longer time when they are ingested in large quantities. 

These foods are rich in flavonoids (take them often):

  • Berries 
  • Citrus fruits 
  • Grapes 
  • Apples 
  • Hot pepper 
  • Cocoa products 
  • Red wine 
  • Green, white and black tea

MEN: FOODS THAT CAN BE EATEN BEFORE SEX IF YOU WANT TO LAST LONGER 

  • Watermelons
  • Banana
  • Tiger nuts 
  • Bitter kola 
  • Coconut water
  • Banana, honey, and groundnut smoothie

OTHER FOODS FOR IMPROVED SEXUAL FUNCTION

  • Chocolate: a mood booster and can put you in the right mood for sex 
  • Salmon: contains omega-3 fats that increase blood circulation to the sex organs for improved sexual function
  • Asparagus: contains histamines that can give you stronger orgasms 
  • Sweet Basil: for an increase in sexual desire 
  • Celery: improves erectile function for men to get harder erections and last longer 
  • Strawberry: for a boost in libido
  • Saffron: increases sex drive and boosts stamina

ALCOHOL 

Some people have a thing for drunken sex because it makes them want to do the craziest things. Alcohol also increases your desire for sex, but it is safe to note that, drinking too much can go against your sexual performance and ability to have a great time. It can leave you dehydrated and make the sex rather unpleasant. Take note of that.

In general terms, the key to a great sex life is a healthy diet and lifestyle. Drink a lot of water and eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, and more of the foods mentioned in this article. 

What do you think about this article? Do you know other foods that are great for sex? Do you have experiences to share with regards to the foods mentioned in this article and how great they are for sex? Let me know in the comments or send me a live chat by tapping on the red and white circle on your screen and I will get back to you in no time. 

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MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE, WRITER, SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EXPERT

Ami Shikah is a sex educator and mental health advocate. She is passionate about sex education and is working towards making her website/blog a place where people come to for knowledge and information that will help them make healthy decisions about sex and sexuality. Mental health isn't treated with much importance in her part of the world (Ghana, Africa) and as someone who has had to deal with depression and suicidal thoughts, she hopes to share her experiences with the world and help other people like her. She has in-depth knowledge about sex, sexual health, sexuality, vaginal health, pregnancy and abortion and is working to share it all with the world. She has also made it possible for people to ask questions and get answers to them anytime.

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