Best and Worst foods for Sex

Best and Worst foods for Sex

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There is no denying the importance of sex in human life. Deficit in sexual performance and contentment can wreck havoc in anyone’s life. There are several factors that can boost up human libido and lead to its reduction too. This is applicable for both genders. Apart from state of mind and timing of sex, what you include in your diet can also play a pivotal role in your sexual prowess. It makes sense to eat libido enhancing foods and beverages in your meals and avoid those that hinder sexual performance.

Foods That Can Boost Your Sexual Prowess

Almonds and Nuts

Almonds are replete with important fatty acids. These aid human brain to process information and remain stimulated. The fatty acids also play a pivotal role in producing male hormones that are essential for libido. Other nuts can be also beneficial for this reason.


Associated with sensual delight, Avocados also have important fatty acids that enable your heart and brain to work optimally. These fruits also contain lots of folic acid, which metabolizes proteins, resulting in the release of energy. Its vitamin B6 helps enhance male hormone production.


Figs are rich in amino acids and these play a role in shooting up the libido. These can also aid enhance sexual stamina to an extent.


Known as the classic aphrodisiac that has been used by several races from time immemorial, Oysters are ideal for giving a boost to your sex drive. They are rich in zinc, which increases production of sperm. They also have a hormone named dopamine, which is pivotal for libido enhancement.


Eggs are cheap, readily available and can be cooked in many ways. However, they are also ideal to give your sexual life a boost. The vitamins B5 and B6 help you cope with stress and balance hormone levels. You should preferably have eggs in boiled form to gain maximum benefits in bed.


Bananas have an enzyme called bromelain, which is used to treat cases of impotence. Additionally, it helps get a strong arousal. Bananas also have elevated levels of B vitamins and potassium. These nutrients help you stay energized for long.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate not only appeases your taste buds, but it also has a sensual feel which helps in getting arousal. It contains a compound –phenylethylamine that increases sexual feelings in both genders.

Fatty Fish

When you think of fatty fish like salmon and sardines, the first thought that comes to your mind is a healthy heart. However, the same DHA and EPA existing in these fish variants can enhance dopamine levels in human brain. The omega-3s fatty acids can also aid you in feeling energetic.

Foods That Can Adversely Impact Your Sex Life

Energy Drinks and Coffee

Caffeine rich drinks including coffee may give you an instant energy boost, but having them regularly can be detrimental for libido. Researches indicate sugar laced drinks can suppress testosterone levels for some time.

Soy Based Drinks and Foods

Soy based foods are nutritious and vegans love them like anything. However, including soy milk or foods in your diet can lower your libido. The same can be said about tofu. Eating excess soy can lower sperm count too.

Excess Alcohol

Having beer or vodka once in a while is not going to ruin your health. However, if you become habituated to having liquor everyday that can surely lower your sex drive. Too much alcohol can affect erection and may also lead to premature ejaculation.

Excess Dairy Foods

There is no denying the nutritional advantage of dairy foods like yoghurt and cheese. However, you may ruin your sexual life by eating them in abundance. The lactic acid present in foods like ice cream and sour cream will take a toll on libido.

Sugar Laden Snacks

Any high fat food can be bad for your sexual drive. Sugary candies, pastries and snacks are to be avoided if you want to have a healthy and enjoyable sex life.

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad