I'm well aware of the fact that over 60% of the visitors to this website are women! But ladies, don't stop reading…
…because even though my friend Jordan Harbinger from “The Art of Charm” penned the article below primarily for guys, you can verifiably guarantee a good bit of future physical pleasure if you print or bookmark this article and send it over to the main man in your life.
And of course, you are also going to learn a thrilling new fact about sweet potatoes.
Take it away, Jordan!
The 10 Best Foods and Supplements For Your Sex Life
What if I told you that there were foods that would help you meet women or make the woman in your live physically happier?
It’s a fact.
From the latest findings in neuroscience and sociobiology to nutrition and even physics, there is a scientific basis that underpins attraction and aspiration to become a better man.
Lately I've been doing some research into which foods and supplements are going to help out your sex life, whether it’s out at a bar or club or in the bedroom, and I’m now proud to share this information with you.
Let’s start out with a personal favorite of mine, strawberries. I eat pounds and pounds of these every week because they’re delicious, but the good news is that they’re also good for your sex life. Yes, yes, fructose can potentially make you gain weight, but just time these bad boys after your workout and you'll be good to go.
The reason strawberries are going to give you better sex is because strawberries help out with good circulation. If you really want to boost the libidinous properties of strawberries, you can of course try dipping them in dark chocolate, which contains methylxanthines – and these components make your body extra sensitive – every part.
Finally, for guys who are looking for more out of sex than just a roll in the hay, strawberries are loaded with Vitamin C, which can increase your sperm count.
2. Korean Red Panax Ginseng
Here’s one that’s pretty specific, even though I don't think Ben Greenfield has actually talked about ginseng too much before. You don’t just want any ginseng. You want a good, high quality Korean red panax ginseng. This is going to increase your testosterone production and reduce prolactin.
Testosterone doesn’t just increase your sex drive. It also has you feeling more motivated and confident, both of which are great for going out, meeting women and carrying yourself in a manner that’s going to increase your success rate with them.
For men with performance issues, it’s well documented that a ginseng supplement is going to help you out. One study showed that 60 percent of men taking 900 milligrams thrice daily for eight weeks had stronger and longer erections.
No matter why you want the boost you’re going to get, there’s no question that this is a good one to add to your daily drive-enhancing supplement list. You don't have to take it every day. Just like many supplements, you can just pop 1000-2000mg of this 30-60 minutes prior to sex.
This is another go-to snack food for me. I like them raw, roasted, salted, unsalted, whatever. I can just eat tons of these – even though I think Ben would probably make me soak or sprout them or something like that. So what are the benefits for your sex life?
Zinc, first and foremost. Men’s Health called zinc “the ultimate sex mineral.” It’s great for your short-term sexual well-being as well as your long-term drive. One of the big reasons is that it aids in production of testosterone. In fact, a big chunk of men experiencing low testosterone levels are in fact suffering from lowered levels of zinc. So grab a handful of almonds.
Another reason to eat almonds: selenium. This is another one that’s going to increase your sperm production. So if you’re a guy looking to start a family, make sure you start snacking on almonds and strawberries.
4. Fish Oil
Depression can cause erectile dysfunction. More frequently, however, we meet men here at The Art of Charm who say they have trouble going out because they’re too bummed. There are a lot of ways to deal with depression, including exercise, sunshine and Vitamin D supplements.
But one of the most common reasons for depression that’s easily fixable is a dearth of Omega-3. Getting yourself a healthy daily dose of fish oil can mean all the difference between another Friday night sitting on the couch and the best Friday night of your life.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Ah – the moment you've been waiting for. I generally go out of my way to avoid eating too many starchy forms of carbs, but the one place where I make exceptions is with sweet potatoes. Not only are they less starchy than regular potatoes, but they’re also great for combatting high blood pressure.
What’s blood pressure go to do with sexual health? Well, high blood pressure is one of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction. The reason sweet potatoes lower your blood pressure is because they’re loaded with potassium. This helps your kidneys eliminate excess levels of sodium, which in turn lowers your blood pressure.
So go indulge in some sweet potatoes in moderation (and those tasty items in the photo above are sweet potato wedges with thyme goat cheese)
6. Vitamin E
Vitamin E has actually been called the “sex vitamin.” One reason is that it helps to produce male sex hormones, namely testosterone. As stated above, testosterone is for things other than just getting your drive up. It also makes you more confident and outgoing, which makes it perfect for guys who are having trouble with both.
You can grab Vitamin E from supplements or get it from foods like almonds (another great reason to eat them), spinach, sunflower seeds, avocados, olive oil and broccoli. So chow down on that big E before you head out hang out with your woman or head out to the club and you're guaranteed to get a boost.
7. Sesame Seeds
You can have some tahini. You can toast them. You can sprinkle them on salad. You can even make cool raw sesame seed bars that are basically a healthy alternative to rice krispie treats. However you choose to eat them, just make sure that you’re eating sesame seeds.
Sesame seeds are another great way to get yourself some zinc. Zinc is the reason that your dad and granddad used to eat oysters. But really, who wants to eat oysters? Sesame seeds are way better and you can pound them down a lot easier.
If you’re looking for a way to snack and make it count toward your sexual and romantic food budget, sesame seeds are a great way to make it happen.
I know, I know. I’m being really hard on you, making you eat all these strawberries and sesame seeds. It’s about to get worse: I’m about to recommend that you start chowing down on watermelon for its phytonutrients.
Phytonutrients like lycopene, citrulline and beta carotene are great for the male drive. This is because they relax the blood vessels in a manner similar to that most famous of male drive enhancer, Viagra. Watermelon is also loaded with water, so you can bump up your hydration at the same time.
And no, watermelon is not a big sugar worry. It has a super low “glycemic load”.
9. Skin Foods
It’s a proven fact that women are attracted to men with good skin.
So how do you get good skin with your food ? Sweet potatoes, which we already talked about, are not only good for blood pressure, but also great for your skin. Squash is good for the skin and gives you a boost of the Vitamin E I mentioned earlier. Apricots, carrots and other fruits and veggies that are chock full of beta carotene will give you that youthful glow. Lycopene, found in grapefruit and tomatoes, also help you to have healthy skin.
Getting the right food for your skin is a wonderful way to get women noticing you when you head out for the night. Of course many of us know Ben Greenfield dirty little anti-aging secret – he smears olive oil on his face before he heads out for a big night on the town. And trust me – he glows with youth.
10. A Good Multivitamin
You’re never going to have a good romantic and sex life if your body isn’t firing on all cylinders. You’re going to need a multivitamin to make that happen, and of course, Ben wrote a rather epic post on multivitamins just last week. Just don't skimp when it comes to your multivitamin – as Ben says, go for something good, preferably made out of real absorbable ingredients, and not just chemicals that give you expensive pee.
So what are you waiting for? Go grab some almonds and strawberries, chug some fish oil, mow down on a sweet potato, smear a bunch of olive oil on your face, and then get your girl!
Jordan Harbinger is a Wall Street lawyer turned Social Dynamics expert and coach. He is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a dating and relationships coaching company. If you're interested in The Art of Charm residential programs, apply for a strategy call with a coach. You can also interact with Jordan on Facebook or Twitter.
And that's it! I'm sure you'll love how you feel after you begin incorporating these tips from Jordan, and look for Jordan to appear as a podcast guest on the BenGreenfieldFitness podcast very, very soon! Finally, leave your questions, comments or feedback about these 10 best foods and supplements below.