The Best (and Worst) Foods for Sex

on May 1, 2013

Best Foods for Sex

Foods like chocolate and oysters are legendary for boosting sex drive. But these so-called aphrodisiacs may in fact have the opposite effect, say Drs. Anna Maria and Brian Clement, co-directors of Hippocrates Health Institute and authors of 7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality. What are good foods for sex—and what foods might sabotage it? Here’s what the husband-wife team has to say.

Good: Sprouted Grains

High in B-complex vitamins, sprouted grains like wheat relax all systems in the body and are important to the production of hormones. “B vitamins work to strengthen and calm neurons, which work with hormones in the brain and the nervous system,” Anna Maria Clement says. “Of course, hormones play a key role in attraction, intimacy, intercourse and development of new eggs and sperm.”

Good: Leafy Greens

Chowing down daily on leafy greens, like kale, spinach and cabbage means you’ll get a big dose of calcium, which boosts cellular health, and vitamin A, which plays a vital role in the production of sex hormones. “When the cells are healthy, they heighten sensitivity for sexual pleasure,” Anna Maria Clement says. The Clements recommend blending up a green juice with the above ingredients if you have a romantic night ahead to heighten desire and sensitivity—who knew that’s all you needed?!

When Your Family is Complete

When you know your family is complete, you’re ready to consider permanent birth control. More and more women like you are making the decision to have the Essure procedure to prevent unplanned pregnancy so they can fully enjoy the lives they have built for themselves. They’re choosing lives without hormones or the hassle of other birth control methods and the confidence of knowing that they are protected from unplanned pregnancy forever.

Good: Nuts, Seeds and Beans

All of these foods contain essential fatty acids, fuel for the cells that are essential for desire, sensitivity and pleasure. “Eating raw foods gives you more energy and, in turn, makes you more sexually responsive,” Anna Maria Clement says. Produce aisle, here we come.

Bad: Chocolate

Think twice before you reach for your favorite treat—it can have a high fat and cholesterol content, which can clog your arteries. That’s not groundbreaking news, however, get this: “The first arteries that are usually affected are the penal and vaginal arteries since they are so small and quickly collect plaque,” Anna Maria Clement says. “Symptoms are difficulty achieving and maintaining arousal and orgasm.” Can’t ignore that sweet tooth? Try limiting your fix to a square or two of dark chocolate a day.

Bad: Oysters

While oysters are a good source of zinc, they’re not the best choice, nutrition-wise. “Oysters are scavengers that absorb all of the ocean’s toxins and parasites,” Anna Maria Clement says. “They wreak havoc with the hormones that directly impact performance and health.” But what if you douse them in hot sauce? No, that doesn’t help? Boo.

What is Essure?

Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. The Essure procedure involves placing soft, flexible inserts into your fallopian tubes. Over a period of about three months, tissue forms around the inserts. The build-up of tissue creates a barrier that keeps sperm from reaching the eggs and prevents contraception.

Bad: Soy

Just read your ingredient labels and you’ll start to see how many products contain soy, in addition to the usual suspects, like soy sauce, soymilk and edamame. “Soy is high in estrogen, which can lower male sex drive,” Anna Maria Clement says. “One revealing study from Denmark showed that baby boys who consumed [soy-based formula] as infants had reduced penal sizes by one inch.” Mental note: Clean out kitchen cabinets.