Sex is an important part of any healthy relationship but as men get older, it becomes a little more difficult to keep the libido stimulated. However, the healing power of food is indescribable. Everybody knows the phrase ‘you are what you eat’, but few realize its true power. By indulging in some of the following foods and herbs, you can kick your libido right back into gear for a healthy, happy sex life.
Ginseng has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to help with erectile dysfunction. Ginsenoside extracts, the main assisting component, will facilitate penile erection. Ginsenoside dilates the blood vessels, allowing better blood flow to the penis. Ginseng can be found just as a root and can be drank as tea or eaten. However, ginseng powder is much more concentrated and therefore more highly effective. It can be found in local herbal stores, health food shop, and Chinese herbal pharmacies. Ginseng also increases testosterone levels and improves strength, stamina, and stabilizes mood, all these that help with a healthy sex life!
Maca is an herb from Peru and although newly discovered in the Western world as an organic superfood alternative to Viagra, it has, in fact, been used to improve sex drive and fertility in Peru for over 2000 years. This herb revitalizes the entire body due to its high nutrient content, increasing energy levels automatically getting you in the mood for sex. Maca stimulates the production of testosterone, which leads to a further increase of energy levels, overall strength, and stamina. Some studies even show that it improves the quality of semen by increasing the sperm count, assisting with fertility in men. Maca is also a great solution for mild erectile dysfunction.
Many people have heard the old wives’ tale that oysters make you frisky, but it is actually true. Oysters contain two very unusual amino acids which cannot be easily found in other places on the planet. These amino acids have been found to trigger testosterone products by creating reactions within the hormones. However, cooking oysters reduces the quality of these amino acids, so for best results they should always be eaten raw. It is also best to eat oysters in the spring when they themselves are breeding, as that is when the highest concentration of these amino acids can be found in their blood.
While many may have heard the phrase ‘getting your oats’, they may not realize that it all ties in with libido. Oats are rich substance called L-arginine, which is another type of amino acid. Although the body should produce enough l-arginine itself, it doesn’t always do this very well. As many bodybuilders know, l-arginine increases testosterone production while also helping the creation of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator, therefore increasing the blood vessels, allowing more blood to flow to the extremities, including the penis.
While libido can decline in older men, and sometimes in younger men if you’ve been eating a poor diet, the healthier man knows that food is the music of love! By eating a diet containing higher levels of any of these foods, you will see an increase in your libido and your ability to perform.