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Sex Drive

A diet that's healthy for your heart—chock full of whole grains, lean protein, fatty fish, and fruits and vegetables— will ensure you're at your best in the bedroom. To give your sex drive even more oomph, feed your body these libido-boosting foods.


These briny, delicious creatures from the sea are packed with zinc, a mineral that boosts sperm count and testosterone levels and is vital to prostate function. Men require 11 milligrams of zinc per day—that's as much as in one and a half wild Eastern oysters or three farmed Eastern oysters. (You can also get half a day's needed zinc from about four ounces of lean beef.)


This dieter's staple contains a variation of the hormone androsterone, which causes men to release pheromones in their sweat.

Tofu and Flaxseeds

Soy products and flaxseeds contain relatively high levels of phytoestrogens, which are plant nutrients that have an estrogen-like effect on the body. Phytoestrogens can boost women's sex drive, though women with a history of breast cancer should not consume large amounts of the plant hormone.

Fatty Fish

You know how you keep hearing about the omega-3 fatty acids in fish like, trout, mackerel, salmon and sardines? Turns out those fats are great for your nervous system and help with circulation—which means greater sensitivity and a better sexual response.


Again, circulation is key for arousal—in men as well as in women. Both sexes need ample blood flow to the genitals in order to set off fireworks. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds have high amount of arginine, which improves physical performance by relaxing blood vessels.

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