How to spice up your lovelife!

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Flagging sexual desire can be a problem in your lovelife, so you may want to boost your diet with some special foods and complementary food supplements. The aphrodisiacal properties of these foods and ingredients have been touted for years and might be the key to enhancing your sex life.

You can also protect your sexual desire and keep your libido in prime form, by walking, jogging — do some kind of aerobic exercise — daily. Maybe it doesn’t sound sexy, but a half hour or more walk every day keeps the blood flowing and it goes without saying that a healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables and lean protein is the best starting place.

Salmon is the poster child for heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s improve circulation, blood flow and reduce artery plague.

Oysters & Zinc
There may be some validity to these old mythical molluscs as recent research from the American Chemical Society shows that oysters, clams, and scallops contain compounds that raise testosterone and oestrogen levels which boost sexual drive. Oysters are also an excellent source of zinc, which aids blood flow to the genitals in both genders. Cashews and almonds are also great natural source of zinc.

There are many types of Ginseng. Siberian ginseng, which is occasionally used as an aphrodisiac, and red Korean or Asian ginseng, which is used in Chinese traditional medicine and has slightly more research behind it. There are no natural food sources of ginseng so a high quality supplement is recommended. Ginseng works by helping the body make more nitric oxide, which dilates the vessels and improves the flow of blood and may help improve male erections

L- Arginine & Pycnogenol
Arginine is an amino acid and Pycnogenol is a pine bark extract. Some studies show that taking L-arginine and pycnogenol together boosts nitric oxide production which helps protect blood vessels and boosts production of nitric oxide. Advisory to seek GP’s permission to take these as they can interact with POM medication. Nuts and seeds are also a great natural source of arginine.

Black Cohosh
Black cohosh has oestrogen-like properties and has been attributed to increasing blood flow to the pelvis, which can help increase arousal. There is also currently studies ongoing at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on black cohosh as a treatment for menopausal symptoms.
Ginkgo leaf extract has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to help treat fatigue and sexual dysfunction. Some studies show that gingko enhances circulation and blood flow.

Maca is a Peruvian vegetable root rich in plant sterols and a good source of iron, magnesium, selenium, and calcium. Research studies show some benefit and may help men and women’s lovelife with low libido. It is advised to seek advice before taking these dietary food supplements.

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