I’m going to let you in on a little secret: your ‘mood’ and desire to be intimate can be just as much about the food on your plate as it is about the person standing in front of you.
In the realm of sexual health, nutrition plays a vital role in sexual well-being, from influencing hormone levels, blood flow, and neurotransmitter activity… Here are the best foods to get you in the mood next time you need a boost.
This micronutrient is essential for testosterone production and sperm health, predominantly for males, but it’s also critical for females. It regulates female germ cell growth, fertility, and pregnancy. Eat zinc-rich foods like pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, beef, chicken, cacao, oats, and mushrooms.
Dark Chocolate & Cacao
Not only is this the food of the gods, but it’s also a potent aphrodisiac rich in antioxidants and phenylethylamine, boosting feelings of pleasure. Eat dark chocolate or use ceremonial cacao.
Is this not the most versatile fruit/vegetable? Rich in Vitamin E, potassium, and monounsaturated fats, it helps improve blood flow and promote cardiovascular health—essential for sexual arousal and performance.
This juicy fruit isn’t just refreshing—it may also have Viagra-like effects on blood vessels, thanks to its high content of citrulline, an amino acid that converts to arginine in the body. Arginine helps relax blood vessels, promoting increased blood flow to the genitals and enhancing sexual arousal.
Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and silverbeet are rich in folate, a B vitamin that supports the production of neurotransmitters involved in sexual arousal and pleasure. Incorporate plenty of leafy greens into your meals to promote optimal sexual function and satisfaction, as well as a healthy dose of overall nutrition.
Spicy foods like chilli peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that can stimulate nerve endings and increase blood flow, leading to heightened sensitivity and arousal. Add a dash of spice to your meals with chilli peppers, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce. Check out our fermented hot sauce for some inspiration.
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds are nutrient powerhouses packed with essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that support sexual health. Almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, and pumpkin seeds are particularly beneficial for libido and erectile function due to their high content of zinc, vitamin E, and arginine.