There are basically two types of cravings in human beings, one for food and another for sex.
But it is interesting to note that both of them have a biological connection and without so much of thinking you could say that the energy you need for sex is acquired from food.
Humans have been trying to study the science of craving for a long, and now we might have an answer that will explain the relationship between food and sex.
And it’s no strange fact that some food entices you for sex, while some foods will make you sleepy.
Now with a little bit of science, researchers have identified a bunch of foods that will make you stimulated for having sex1.
In this article, we will explore 10 foods to boost your sexual stamina and libido.
Winding this up lets straight away move into the crux of this article.
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The relation between food and sex
Undoubtedly, food provides with all necessary nutrients and energy required for your sexual metabolism to work properly.
But certain foods are very rich in some of the nutrients crucial for sexual metabolism and consuming them a little more than the usual might give an extra kick.
Another exciting discovery was the science of craving, according to which for both appetite and sexual desire, the signaling is modulated by norepinephrine and phenylethylamine.
This is the reason why you don’t get that tingling feeling of love when you’re starved, or why you might forget a meal during intense action.
Also, when you eat food, you employ your sense of taste, smell, touch & sight; interestingly though you use all these senses while engaging with your partner sexually.
10 foods to boost your sexual stamina and libido
Below mentioned is a list of 10 foods that can help you boost your sexual libido and stamina to rock hard on the bed6.
‘If red is good, then good is apple’; might sound crazy but the apple truly is a great fruit for your overall well being, especially sexual stamina.
‘Quercetin’ is a powerful antioxidant, and apple is a powerhouse of this compound.
It can delay or prevent the release of cortisol which is a muscle degrading hormone produced when physically exerted.
Apple can enhance endurance since the quercetin can stimulate the production of new mitochondria which is technically the powerhouse of a cell.
This fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid, which has a lot of metabolic functions in our body, starting from the brain.
In a study published in the ‘International Journal of Impotence Research (IJIR),’ it was observed that people who prefer the omega-3 rich Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of erectile dysfunction.
Another study in the same journal found that women who use salmon regularly had boosted libido and more positive approach towards sex.
Omega-3 fatty acid helps in the production of nitric oxide (NO), which is a vasodilator for improving blood flow in various body parts.
Oatmeal is the all-time favorite for many due to their humble nutritional status devoid of unwanted nutrients.
They are one of the best sources for acquiring L-arginine, which is an amino acid necessary for opening up the blood vessels.
In a study published in ‘American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine,’ the researchers have studied cholesterol-lowering properties of the oatmeal.
Thus improving cholesterol levels will ensure proper blood flow into your penis, and that means you’ll have a stronger erection.
4. Chilli pepper
This one might be a straight ‘no’ in your mind, but science has a better argument here to change your mind.
Chilli pepper, without a doubt, is not pleasant to eat in its raw form, but in the first place what is in it that makes them so special?
‘Capsaicin’ is the active compound in peppers that creates a burning sensation when you eat them.
But this compound once inside your body would increase the heart rate and leads to release of ‘endorphins’ which will make you relaxed and happy.
And it is this same compound that can sexually arouse you as well.
So when you are sexual stimulated your metabolism speeds up and precisely that’s what mimicked here by capsaicin, thus giving you a jumpstart.
This is one fruit that you find very easily in the nearest supermarket and thanks to its nutritional richness, melons are famous around the planet.
L-citrulline is an amino acid that is overloaded in watermelon, which later gets converted to L-arginine in the body for the production of nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is a vasodilator which helps the blood vessels to relax and expand more to accommodate more blood flow.
This will ensure that the blood flow towards the penis is enhanced to give the user a rock-hard and stable erection.
Do you need a marathon in the bedroom?
Then drop all others and fetch some quinoa form your grocery store.
This grain has all the amino acids you need, and it is a powerhouse of protein that can help you build endurance that you need in your bed.
Quinoa is not just a protein bank but has high fiber content as well, which means your body will take longer to digest it and thus spending more time in the gut provide long-lasting energy.
If you ask, what’s next to an apple there is only one answer, and it’s a pomegranate.
They are equally good as an apple and has very high nutritional value, especially rich in antioxidants which can boost the blood flow.
In a study published in ‘the International Journal of Impotence Research (IJIR),’ the role of pomegranate in improving the erectile dysfunction sheds light to the importance of this fruit.
Children will love it until they’ve grown-up and all thanks to Popeye for being the ambassador of this green veggie.
But before you could side-line it as a childhood joke, spinach has to be reconsidered because of their penis enhancement properties.
Spinach has very high arginine content which later gets converted to nitric oxide in the body.
And spinach can help you recover faster so that adding this thing in your daily diet will help you boost your mental and physical strength throughout the day.
Stress management during sex is an important topic because millions are walking out of bed unsatisfied just due to ‘stress.’
Stress or anxiety related to sex, family problems, relationship issues, job, or any other things could tumble your libido, resulting in a failed bed game.
Avocado is rich in Vitamin B, which can help the proper functioning of brain cells and regulate the stress hormones.
Another critical component in the avocados is the monosaturated fat, which is essential because of their uniform double bond in chemical structure, which in simple terms means they are healthy for the blood vessels.
Bananas are one of the most common and easy to access fruit in the world, but that accessibility is not the only factor that makes bananas so special.
It is the potassium content in them which is a muscle-relaxing mineral that is very much needed for metabolic applications.
If you have banana daily, then muscle spasms and cramps during action can be avoided.
According to ‘American Heart Association’, having a lot of potassium in the body can regulate the blood pressure to optimum levels, and this means blood flows properly into your body parts, especially into the penis which will give you a stronger erection.
So after reading this article, you might have learned a few facts that could help you boost your sexual performance and stamina without much effort.
Firstly, just some of the common foods inside our refrigerator on a daily basis can help you improve sexual stamina.
Fruits, veggies, cereals, meat or seafood rich in minerals like zinc, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin B, L-arginine, etc. can improve your libido.
It’s always good to be little health conscious when choosing your food, and the result, although a bit delayed, comes in flying colors reflecting on your sex life.
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