You’re revved up and ready to go, but her engine is stalled. Offer her some pumpkin seeds, or suggest that she add them to her salads throughout the week. The seeds are packed with zinc, which is believed to increase female sex drive. They’ll also keep your spirits up: According to research from Wayne State University, young men who restricted zinc intake for 20 weeks experienced a drop in testosterone, which causes libido to sink as well.
If you’re having a little trouble keeping things up down south, this superfood could be just the pick-me-up you need. Pomegranates contain big doses of antioxidants that prevent free radicals from restricting circulation. More blood flow means more time spent between the sheets.
Yes: They look weird, smell funny, and get no respect at Aunt Florence's Thanksgiving spread. But as much as you love to hate Brussels sprouts, these little green veggies could give you a boost in the bedroom. They contain a compound called indole-3-carbinol, which reduces estrogen and spikes libido in men. A bonus: “Current research is showing promise in the area of prevention and lowering cancer risk with increased consumption of cruciferous vegetables and therefore Indole-3-carbinol,” says Adiana Castro, R.D.
Just, you know, don't eat them right before hitting the sack.
This nutritional powerhouse, a key source of clean, complex carbs, should already have a permanent spot in your diet year-round. Sweet potatoes may aid in weight loss, boost muscle building, and prevent erectile dysfunction. The Thanksgiving staple is loaded with potassium, which helps reduce blood pressure, according to a study from Loyola University. One benefit of lower blood pressure is reduced risk of erectile dysfunction.
It’s apple-picking season, which means this classic fruit is at its peak. Chowing down on one a day can help keep your equipment functioning. Apples contain a compound called quercetin, which may be effective in preventing and treating prostate cancer, according to a study from the Mayo Clinic.
These tart little fruits are full of Vitamin B. "This vitamin—aka thiamin—improves the body’s ability to control stress, which is especially important for one’s sex drive," says Castro. "When you're stressed out, sexual desire usually decreases." Mix cranberries into your oatmeal or sprinkle them on top of your salad for some added flavor.