Most of the aphrodisiac properties ascribed to certain foods are just myths, but there’s truth in some of it. Oysters may actually be good for your sex life because they’re a source of a particular key mineral, for example. And the fat in salmon has benefits beyond just heart health. Here are four nutrients found in foods that are related to sexual health–put them all together to plan a libido-boosting meal for Valentine’s Day.
In addition to its potential benefits in fighting colds, zinc is key to sexual health for men. The mineral is related to sperm production, and a study published in Fertility and Sterility found that intake of micronutrients like zinc correlated to better sperm quality in older men. Oysters are the best known food source of this mineral–perhaps that’s why they’re considered to have aphrodisiac qualities?
Among its many other health benefits, vitamin E is important for the health of your arteries–and healthy arteries help to ensure adequate blood flow, including to a few key areas of interest in the bedroom. Try sprinkling wheat germ into smoothies and on top of salads to boost your intake of this vitamin, or consider a supplement.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These essential fatty acids are important for many aspects of good health, heart health among them. According to Harvard, getting adequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet protects against heart disease and possibly stroke. Men with heart issues are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, which is one more reason to think with your heart instead of with other body parts. Fatty fish like salmon are a great source, but supplements can be helpful if you don’t have enough omega-rich foods in your diet.
Here’s a reason to eat some chocolate-dipped strawberries–they’re a source of folic acid, among other nutrients and antioxidants. A study out of UC Berkeley found that this B vitamin could be related to increased sperm counts and healthier sperm. And if you’re planning on pregnancy in the new future, add a folic acid supplement to your daily routine–it’s important for preventing spinal birth defects.
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