Sex is good for health and blood pressure, but how to get in the mood?

It’s all good and well to read endless studies on how sex is good for your blood pressure and overall health, but busy schedules and long, stressful work days often make “being in the mood” a luxury.

Julie Upton, MS, RD, and co-founder of Appetite for Health says there are certain foods that might just put “some sizzle back into your sex life” and set the mood.

Upton draws on the following words of wisdom of Jennifer R. Berman, to emphasize her point: “There’s a growing body of evidence that some of the vitamins and components in foods can enhance sexual function and sexual experience.” Berman is an MD and the director of the Berman Women’s Wellness Center, in Beverly Hills, California.

Upton’s list includes foods whose ingredients “have been major players in aphrodisiac history and lore, and also have modern-day science to back up their claims.” They are avocados, almonds, strawberries, seafood, arugula, figs, and citrus.

Scientifically, avocados are an aphrodisiac, because they are rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat, making them good for the heart and arteries.

Almonds have long been purported to increase passion, act as a sexual stimulant, and aid with fertility. Like asparagus, another “sexy foods,” almonds are rich in nutrients and several trace minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction, such as zinc, selenium, and vitamin E.

Strawberries are an excellent source of folic acid, a B vitamin that helps ward off birth defects in women and, according to a University of California, Berkley study, may be tied to high sperm counts.

Oysters are not only one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, says Upton, but are also “one of the best sources of libido-boosting zinc.” Other libido-boosting seafood includes oily fish, such as wild salmon and herring, which are essential for a healthy heart.

Research shows that the trace minerals and antioxidants packed into dark, leafy greens like arugula help block absorption of some of the environmental pollutants thought to negatively impact our libido.

Figs are an excellent aphrodisiac, because they contain soluble and insoluble fibers, which are important for heart health. They are also high in fiber and filling, not fattening.

Any citrus fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid — all “essential for men’s reproductive health.” She suggests salads containing citrus, like pink grapefruit or mandarin oranges, or a dressing made with lemon and lime.


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