Foods that Can Help Boost your Sex Life

By Dr Tom Brett

There are certain foods that can naturally help to spark your sexual appetite. We all have times when we feel the need to spice up our sex life, so you might want to try a number of ways to get back on track.

There’s certainly a link between the types of food you eat and sex, with studies showing that specific foods or nutrients can have a positive influence in the bedroom.

Although there is no hard evidence that any foods are aphrodisiacs and lead to sexual arousal, there are various foods that act on the body in ways that lead to better sexual health, such as increasing blood circulation.

Here’s a look at some foods that you might want to include in your diet if you’re looking to try and give your sex life a makeover:


Strawberries have a head start on some other foods because a lot of people like them anyway as a feel-good food. However, the fact that they are also rich in antioxidants means that they will benefit your heart and arteries and improve your circulation, which is an important part of good sexual functioning.

In addition, strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which has been linked to a higher sperm count in men. Try dipping your strawberries in dark chocolate, which contains methylxanthines, for a potential extra boost to your libido as well as a delicious romantic treat.


Avocados are rich in vitamin E and can help prevent heart disease as well as promoting better blood flow, which can help your sexual performance. Improving your blood flow can also help prevent erectile dysfunction, which can be a real downer in the bedroom.


Vitamin E, selenium and zinc are considered to be important for both sexual health and reproduction, and almonds contain all three.

Selenium can help protect your eggs and sperm from damage, thereby reducing the chances of infertility, while zinc has been known to boost levels of testosterone in men. Vitamin E improves circulation, which lowers the chance of developing erectile dysfunction.


Its pungent aroma makes it a rather unpopular choice before a night of passion, but garlic is actually thought by some people to be quite a powerful aphrodisiac. It can also improve blood circulation and potentially improve your sexual performance by increasing blood flow to the sexual organs.

Ones to avoid

It might be wise to avoid too many steaks, and bear in mind that a meat-laden diet is often associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – three major causes of erectile dysfunction.

You might also want to consider your alcohol intake as well. Popular though it is as a social lubricant, too much alcohol will dampen sexual desire and decrease your levels of arousal.

A combination of factors

If you are having trouble in the bedroom, food may not be the only solution.

Men suffering from erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence), can often take a number of steps to resolve the problem.

Conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and obesity can all be causes of erectile dysfunction (ED), and they can all be improved through healthy diet and exercise. Government guidelines recommend that adults aged 19-64 aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

Prescription medicines such as Viagra and Cialis can be used to treat ED. They work by relaxing the blood vessels that supply the penis, thereby allowing more blood to flow there during sexual arousal. While Viagra is the most famous ED medicine, Cialis lasts much longer (36 hours compared to Viagra’s 4-6 hours), and many men therefore prefer it as it requires less planning.

So, choose your foods wisely and enjoy some regular exercise, and hopefully a good, healthy meal won’t be the only thing on the menu during a romantic evening.

Dr Tom Brett trained St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in London and graduated in 1992, a year later he immigrated to Australia where he began post-graduate General Practitioner training. In 1998 he gained fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and later, in 2000, was awarded a certificate in Sexual Health and HIV prescribing. In 2007 he returned to live and work in London and is now Medical Director for the Lloydspharmacy Online Doctor service.

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