Natural Foods for Sexual Dysfunction

What is sexual dysfunction?

Sexual dysfunction refers to any sex-related problem from impotence to lack of libido. It can be distressing for men and women who would like to enjoy a healthy sex life. Some of the symptoms are:

Erectile dysfunction

Men can suffer from erectile dysfunction whereby they can’t gain or maintain an erection. ED can be caused by either physical or psychological factors. Physical causes include conditions such as diabetes, a drop in testosterone and high blood pressure, while psychological causes can include performance anxiety or stress. Impotence is a stressful and upsetting situation that tends to turn it into a cause and effect cycle. Men worry about getting an erection, so therefore it doesn’t happen.

Low Libido

Men and women can suffer from a lack of sex. Physical causes can include: obesity, diabetes,drug abuse, a head injury and prescription medication used for prostate problems. Psychological causes for both men and women can include: depression, stress, tiredness, childhood issues, and relationship problems.

Is It Common and Who Gets It?

Yes, sexual dysfunction is common in men and women. It’s thought 1 in 5 men will suffer from erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. According to experts,half of all women will experience problems with sex, such as female sexual dysfunction, as they get older and can cause health issues like, dry vagina through to painful intercourse and emotional problems.

What Foods Can Help?

A healthy diet goes a long way to improving your bodily health, but there are some foods which are thought to contain minerals, vitamins and oils that can boost a libido.

Many have been recommended for thousands for years. Our ancestors understood the benefits before modern man discovered trace amount of zinc and magnesium in certain foods.

Here are some foods that may help boost your libido and improve your sex life.


It’s a cliché but oysters have a high amount of zinc, which is important for the production of testosterone. Research, from Barry University in Miami, found that oysters containing two amino acids, increased sex hormones in rats.

There’s also a large dose of vitamin B12 for good blood flow and healthy blood, not to mention the fact the oysters look sexual and boost the psychological sex drive.


Spinach is full of magnesium. This decreases inflammation in blood vessels, which some experts believe increases the blood flow. Good blood flow is essential for men and women to become aroused.

Dark chocolate

When we eat chocolate our levels of serotonin and dopamine increase and stress levels decrease. This can lead to more sex simply because we feel relaxed and happy. Cocoa may also increase blood flow and relax blood vessels, so reach for dark chocolate rather than the milk version because this has more cocoa included.


Hot peppers stimulate the metabolism and endorphins in much the same way as exercise. When blood pumps efficiently around the body we feel energised and alive – this can lead to an interest in sex.

Green tea

Green tea is excellent for health all round, but it can boost your sex life because of the catechin compounds which break down belly fat and help the liver turn fat into energy. They also kill body-damaging free radicals and aid blood cell vessels to release nitric oxide, which improves blood flow. Try switching to green tea on every other hot cuppa you enjoy.


Pesto is made from ground pine nuts and pine nuts are full of sperm-healthy zinc. Team oysters with pesto for a double dose of zinc and testosterone production.


It’s thought that eating just one teaspoon of ginger a few times a week has heart benefits. Sweet and spicy ginger boosts blood flow so drink it in tea, sprinkle a little on your fish or nibble it raw. The taste of ginger may also calm nerves and nausea making it potentially making it useful for psychological sex worries.


One of the best sources of potassium bananas may help counterbalance the effects of salt. Too much salt is harmful to our health, increasing blood pressure and damaging kidneys. Potatoes have the same effect. Some studies have linked a lack of potassium with depression which is a psychological libido killer.

Fatty Fish

Fatty fish is great source of essential oils. It’s good for your heart and may also raise dopamine levels. Happy hormones make it more likely you’ll enjoy sex, or more likely you’ll want it in the first place.

Red Wine

Enjoying a glass of red wine can boost sexual desire. It’s rich in antioxidants from grapes, which boosts nitric oxide torelax arteries as well. Wine can also reduce nerves or worries. Just be careful not to go overboard because too much has the opposite effect.

A Healthy Lifestyle

Having all round good health is the best way to boost your libido. That includes mental health as well as the physical. Cut out fatty, sugary and salty foods that harm your body and replace them with more fruit, bran and vegetables plus the above mentioned foods to boost your sex drive.

Source: Natural News