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Four foods that could lead to a healthier sex life

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How certain foods can promote a healthier sex life

Some foods are sexy because they help the body improve blood flow and circulation. Some foods even stimulate hormone release that can have an effect on physical attraction. Here are four foods and an explanation of why they could help with a healthier sex life.

1. Watermelon: Juicy watermelon contains arginine that might be a sexual enhancer used short-term.

Researchers at Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station published findings in 2008 that the fruit relaxes blood vessels much like the drug Viagra, but without any side effects.

Watermelon contains lycopene in addition to other antioxidants that can help protect the prostate gland.

“The more we study watermelons, the more we realize just how amazing a fruit it is in providing natural enhancers to the human body,” said Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station in a press release.

Watermelon also contains selenium that can improve fertility for couples trying to conceive.

2. Celery: Munching on celery has subtle effects that can attract a partner. How you ask?

Celery contains androsterone and adrostenol that are steroid hormones. When we chew celery, the aroma produces a subtle scent that attracts the opposite sex.

The vegetable also contains Vitamin E, magnesium, niacin, potassium and zinc that are all necessary for optimal reproductive health.

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3. Fish: Omega 3 fatty acids in fish are heart healthy and unlike a high saturated fat meal won’t make you feel lazy.

Studies show one high fat meal can slow blood flow to the brain (and presumably other body parts). If you are dining out and anticipate talking long hours into the night, choose fish instead of a high saturated fat meal. Otherwise, you might not make it to that late night cup of coffee. Eating a high fat meal isn’t going to improve your sex-life at all and could have detrimental health effects later in life.

EPA and DHA in fish are also known to stimulate testosterone production.

4. Kiwi: Vitamin C in kiwi fruit can increase libido. It’s not just Kiwi that’s good for healthy sex. Other citrus fruits that contain vitamin C are also sexy foods. The vitamin increases blood flow and could help increase sex drive for women.

Vitamin C from citrus fruits has been shown to relax the arteries and dilate blood vessel to increase blood flow and lower blood pressure, making foods with vitamin C heart healthy.

Dr. John Mulhall, director of the Sexual Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian and associate professor of urology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University tells us "From an erection standpoint, anything that's good for your heart is good for your penis”, which was shared in a Forbes report that highlights foods for a better sex life.

We all know it is important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for optimal health. These four foods can help ensure a healthy sex-life. It is also important to eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables throughout the day for other health benefits.

University of Maryland Medical Center

Texas A&M University, July, 2008

"Selenium–vitamin E supplementation in infertile men: effects on semen parameters and pregnancy rate"
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/IJGM.S16275

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