By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
Oysters and chocolate get their fair share of attention as aphrodisiacs. But for many people, being sexually stimulated isn’t the problem…it’s the ability to do something about it that becomes the challenge.
Today I want to tell you about a better, more reliable way to improve your sexual function…at any age. Improve your blood circulation.
Think about it…
When we are young our circulation tends to be strong, and our sex life mirrors that strength and virility. As we get older, we often experience decreased circulation, and our sex life mirrors that change as well.
This may not be the most romantic advice you’ll ever get…but it’s probably the most practical. Try adding some of the following foods and herbs to your daily diet and see if you notice a difference.
Or at least, have fun with the experiment…
Now, I’m going to warn you…this will look like one of the least sexy food lists you’ve ever seen. That’s because most of these foods are not considered “aphrodisiacs.” They don’t necessarily increase or even affect sexual desire. However, they all have positive effects on the physical functions that add up to improved sexual function.
That’s because blood flow to the genitals is one of the primary requirements for performance…in both men and women. Each of these foods improves circulation…and a few have other libido-enhancing qualities as well:
Garlic and onions: If you’ve been avoiding garlicky dishes on hot date nights, think again. Garlic is known to improve circulation. And onions, which are related to garlic, also promote relaxation.
Spicy in the kitchen makes it hot in the bedroom, too: Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a chemical compound that makes your heart race and your skin flush—sure signs that blood is flowing nicely. Curry and cumin are also warming herbs that are considered libido-enhancers by cultures around the world.
Not just comfort food anymore: It might be hard to think of a less sexy food than a bowl of warm oatmeal…but oats contain a variety of compounds that aid blood circulation and prevent cholesterol buildup.
Go nuts: While peanuts generally go with beer on game days instead of a hot date night, they are rich in arginine, an amino acid that dilates blood vessels and promotes better erections. Pumpkin seeds and pine nuts pack a lot of zinc, which is the secret ingredient behind the aphrodisiac effect of oysters as well. Zinc boosts testosterone production…and testosterone is the basic ingredient of your sex drive.
An apple a day: Eve was no fool when she purportedly passed the apple off to Adam. Apples can reduce cholesterol and improve blood flow. Plus, they contain phenylalanine, an amino acid that increases the production of endorphins, the same brain chemicals that fuel sexual arousal.
And while improved blood circulation to the genitals is a positive for both men and women, there are some specific qualities of certain foods that will appeal more to men or women.
Take celery, for example. This fibrous vegetable contains small amounts of a hormone called androsterone, a pheromone released by men’s sweat glands that attracts females. And while the cucumber is sometimes considered sexy for its suggestive shape…it is the scent of cucumber that drives women wild – by, once again, increasing blood flow to the genitals.
Of course, improved circulation doesn’t just help you in the bedroom. It is also a critical factor in heart health, preventing strokes, high blood pressure and vascular disease…to name a few. So if you’re motivated by improved sexual function to keep your blood circulating at its best…you’ll reap the benefits in all areas of your life.
And for a little extra circulatory umph…
For generations, quebracho blanco was used to improve sex drive among both men and women in South America. It is made from the bark of an evergreen tree native to the forests of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil – and is so effective as a traditional medicine that it is used as a prescription drug for sexual dysfunction in some countries.
Once again, the primary function of this traditional herb is to increase bloodflow throughout the body – which does wonders for an erection. In addition, it can increase libido and shorten the recovery time required between ejaculations.
If you have high blood pressure, you should avoid taking quebracho blanco. And if your sex drive is normal, or can be helped with diet and exercise changes, there’s no need to use this herb. But if you feel you need an additional push, discuss the possibility of using quebracho blanco with your natural health physician to see if you’re a candidate.
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J Urol. 2002 Jul;168(1):160-3. An extract from the bark of Aspidosperma quebracho blanco binds to human penile alpha-adrenoceptors. Sperling H, LorenzA, Krege S, Arndt R, Michel MC.
Natural Aphrodisiacs, special report by Dr. David J. Blyweiss
Foods That Help the Male Libido, www.livestrong.com