Recent studies show there’s a strong correlation between what we eat and our overall sex health. A healthy libido is directly linked to great physical and emotional health. It’s, therefore, no surprise that the different colors of vegetables and fruits you eat play a pivotal role in boosting the body’s sex life. Be it the red colors of fruits like tomatoes, green in spinach, or orange color of carrots.
Avocado fruit has for many years now been linked to improved libido in both men and women. It gets its name from the Aztec word āhuacatl which means “testicle”. The Aztecs used the fruit as both food and an aphrodisiac.
Avocados are such versatile fruits. They are rich in nutrients that help promote good blood circulation by preventing artery damage. Men with heart disease are twice as likely to have erectile dysfunction. A research found that consuming avocados regularly could help lessen risk factors for erectile dysfunction.
Avocados with both bright-yellow and green colors of fruits are rich in monounsaturated fats that aid in lowering cholesterol. They are also rich in zinc, vitamins E and B6, and folic acid. Folic acid boosts sexual stamina and vigor whereas vitamin B6 acts as a hormone regulator. Vitamin E helps improve sperm quality and zinc boosts testosterone levels. In women, vitamin B6 lessens premenstrual symptoms and can put them in the mood for lovemaking.
Carrots get their beautiful color from Beta carotene that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A helps prevent infertility in men by improving sperm count and motility. This vitamin has also been linked with achieving and maintaining strong erections.
Some studies have linked low levels of vitamin A in men to prostate cancer. Other experts suggest that men with a low risk of getting prostate cancer are those who consumed plenty of vitamin A in their youth. Carrots contain a good amount of vitamin E and potassium. A diet rich in potassium and vitamin E can help fight the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
Carrots are also rich in vitamin C, a great antioxidant that boosts stamina and improves blood flow in the sexual organs. Carotenoids present in carrots are great immune boosters and are what gives flowers their color.
Many red foods contain phytochemicals that help combat free radicals in the body. Tomatoes — or what the Puritans called "apple of love"— are rich in lycopene, a phytochemical that is twice as effective as beta-carotene.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that relaxes blood vessels and improves blood circulation. Research suggests that it may also lower the risk of prostate cancer. Lycopene is responsible for the red colors of fruits and vegetables. Phytochemicals can also be found in dark color fruits such as black and blueberries.
In sexual health matters, this phytochemical is essential in boosting the male libido. It also helps prevent prostate problems and the damage caused by the oxidation of sperm. Lycopene is a potent aphrodisiac. Studies show that regular consumption of tomato juice can help increase male fertility by improving sperm motility.
Spinach is a sexual wonder food. It’s linked with increased sexual drive in both men and women. In women, spinach helps produce histamine which helps them achieve quicker and more intense orgasms. According to Dr. Mary Rosser, a director of general obstetrics and gynecology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, “These vegetables are also rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C beta-carotene, and polyphenols that increase circulation and may make the vaginal wall healthier and more lubricated.”
Like most foods with green colors of fruits and vegetables, spinach is great for the circulatory system. It’s packed with niacin that is good for boosting blood flow. Spinach is rich in zinc which boosts male sexual stamina and vigor. Recent studies point to lower levels of testosterone and erectile dysfunction in men with zinc deficiency.
66% of the daily folic acid requirement can be found in cooked spinach. Folic acid aids in the production of spermatozoa in men. Magnesium, a mineral present in plants with dark green colors of vegetables, is responsible for stimulating blood flow to the male organs for stronger erections.
Fruits with orange colors and fruits like lemon and lime are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, which prevent heart disease by improving blood circulation and countering inflammation. They also help in improving the health of the mucous membrane and connective tissue.
Oranges and other foods with orange colors of vegetables provide a significant boost to the sex drive of both men and women. They contain folic acid, and hesperidin – a phytonutrient – that promotes blood flow to the sexual organs.
These colorful fruits are rich in flavonoids known to alleviate erectile dysfunction, a common sexual problem facing up to 30 million adult males in the U.S. Research has linked the intake of fruits rich in flavonoids to a 14% reduction in the risk of ED.
Colorful fruits and vegetables not only add color to your diet but also to your libido. Sexual health and vigor goes beyond diet and requires an overall healthy lifestyle. In addition to colorful fruits and vegetables, exercise and a regular sleep cycle also contribute to sexual health and vitality.