Ask for seconds: Foods that promote male sexual health — guest post by Alexandria Webb
Posted Sep 01 2012 8:07pm
What we consume and how much we consume impacts just about every aspect of our lives. That saying “you are what you eat” is not far from the truth. This includes male sexual health which can be improved by certain foods. As a man, which foods get your body and brain bedroom ready? Well, here are just a few:
Oily Fish – Fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring are packed with omega 3. Omega 3 increases blood flow throughout the body – including the genitals. According to Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright, it also helps raise dopamine levels in the brain which trigger arousal.
Shellfish – Shellfish, including oysters, clams, scallops, and lobster, are great fuel for the brain and body. You probably thought oysters being the “food of love” was just a saying; however, they’re rich in zinc which is a key nutrient in the production of testosterone and healthy sperm.
Pistachios – Pistachios are full of micro-nutrients that can help improve a man’s sexual health including fighting erectile dysfunction. This may be partially due to the fact that pistachios are relatively high in arginine (an amino acid) which appears to boost the effects of nitric oxide which maintains flexible arteries and enhances circulation.
Spinach – Spinach is a great source of magnesium which aids in the dilation of blood vessels allowing better circulation to all parts of the body. In addition, it’s rich in antioxidants.
Tea – Tea, especially green tea, contains catechin, an antioxidant that promotes blood flow. Catechin also enhances memory, mood, and focus which are sure to make for a better experience in the bedroom.
Fruit – Fruits rich in vitamin C such as grapefruit, oranges, and peaches are great for male sexual health. Research from the University of Texas Medical Branch shows that men who consume a minimum of 200 milligrams of vitamin C a day improve their sperm count and motility.
Seeds and Nuts – Seeds and nuts contain monounsaturated fats. You’re probably recoiling in horror because fats are bad right? Well your body needs monounsaturated fats to create cholesterol and your sex hormones need cholesterol to function properly. In addition, some nuts and seeds, contain important antioxidants.
Oatmeal – Oatmeal is a great way to naturally boost testosterone. In addition, Oats contain an amino acid known as L-arginine which (by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide) helps reduce blood vessel stiffness; in fact, this amino acid has been used to treat erectile dysfunction.
Sex is an important aspect of a healthy relationship. However, it is only one aspect of a healthy relationship. Eating the foods in this article won’t just improve the health of your bedroom activities; they will improve the health of both your body and mind which are pretty important whether you’re in a sexual relationship or not.
Article contributed by Alex Webb on behalf of . Alex is interested in the various health benefits of both foods and physical activity. Follow her on Twitter @alexandriakwebb.