Though we all know academic studies aren’t necessarily without flaws, there’s research that shows meat eaters have more sex than vegetarians. One in particular suggested 42 percent of regular meat eaters have sex once a week or more, compared to 16 percent of vegetarians.
Take it with a grain of salt, however, certain foods are certainly known to increase your libido, due to their nutritional value, and specifically to their role in helping increase blood flow and other things important for libido.
Here are 7 of them:
They’re rich in Vitamin B5 and B6. These vitamins are helpful for both balancing hormone levels and reducing stress, both of which are linked to a healthy sex drive.
Slurp back those oysters: They’re aphrodisiacs.
You’ve probably heard that one before, but if raw oysters aren’t your thing, other seafood like clams and scallops also have compounds in them that raise both testosterone and estrogen levels in the body.
Chicken contains high levels of carnitine, an amino acid that’s helpful in improving blood flow—a key to sexual arousal in both men and women.
It has fatty acids and Omega 3s, both useful for promoting a healthy heart and stopping plaque from building up in your arteries. This goes a long way in helping promote a healthy libido. Not only that, but Omega 3s are also known to increase dopamine levels in the brain, which is also linked to sexual arousal.
OK vegans, we’ll give you a couple…
Many nuts, like almonds, are high in zinc, which boosts blood flow in the body. Meanwhile, walnuts and sunflower seeds have arginine in them, which is known to help with erectile dysfunction and is actually used to treat ED. Walnuts are also known to improve sperm quality.
2. Red Wine
It might give you more than just liquid courage: Red wine has been shown to increase sexual desire in women specifically. And it has antioxidants known to improve blood vessel health.
A stimulant, coffee can help stimulate the brain to heighten arousal.
As a humorous anecdote, one rat study found coffee to heighten the sexual motivation in female rats…
And if you don’t believe any of the above foods will make a difference in your libido, there’s another proven way to increase sexual desire and function: Working out! You know, the whole exercise is linked to boosting endorphins and testosterone and mood, while reducing depression and stress, and generally just helping your body function the way it should thing? It’s true.
So yeah: Go to the gym. And eat the eggs and chicken and walnuts, and drink the guilt-free red wine. And then boom…