21 superfoods for better sex

Turn up the heat between the sheets with these foods proven to boost libido.
© 2014 Weider Publications // © 2014 Weider Publications

Milk

"Mother nature's prescription for a healthy sex life is high-fat animal foods, such as whole milk, cream and butter," says Kaayla T. Daniel, nutritionist and author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food. We require plenty of fats, but the natural, saturated kind (not the trans fats in margarine and grease) if we're going to produce sex hormones.

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Oysters

"You know what they say about oysters..." men have uttered to dates as they order the well-known aphrodisiac. The seafood has earned a spot on our list because it's high in zinc, which helps produce sperm and increases libido. Try ‘em cooked or raw.

2 of 22 Oysters on a platter (mathieu boivin/Getty Images)

Asparagus

The health nuts are on to something. As if veggies couldn't get any better for you, Genie James, author of In the Mood Again, recommends natural hormone-balancing foods to help boost your sex drive. In the book, James devotes an entire chapter to "sexy-healthy eating" to keep your sex life hot and sizzling. Start with asparagus!

3 of 22 Bowl of asparagus (Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Liver

It may be hard to find someone who enjoys eating liver, but it can make you a better lover, so why not try it? The reason: Liver is loaded with zinc, which is necessary to maintain optimum levels of testosterone. Inadequate zinc levels prevent the pituitary gland from releasing hormones that stimulate testosterone production, James explains. "Zinc also inhibits the aromatase enzyme that converts testosterone into excess estrogen."

4 of 22 Liver dinner (beyhan yazar/Getty Images)

Red wine

After surveying 800 women between the ages of 18 and 50, researchers at the University of Florence found that women who drank two glasses of red wine a day had a higher libido than those who preferred other alcoholic drinks or were teetotalers. Drinking pinot noir, cabernet and other reds not only helps decrease inhibitions, but makes one more sexually active.

5 of 22 Glass of red wine (bilderlounge/Getty Images)

Eggs

We knew we loved the incredible, edible egg for a reason! Not only are eggs the biggest symbol for fertility, they're also high in B5 and B6, which help balance hormone levels and fight stress.

6 of 22 Fried egg in pan (Ray Kippig/Getty Images)

Caviar

Duh, caviar are eggs too! They have the same B5 and B6 vitamins that chicken eggs have, which balance hormone levels.

7 of 22 Caviar on ice on display (Holger Leue/Getty Images)

Bananas

Bananas are loaded with potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and the bromeliad enzyme—ingredients that enhance the male libido.

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8 of 22 Banana in a bowl (tycoon751/Getty Images)

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are not only a healthier alternative to French fries, they're also a good "sex" food. It's simple—your body transforms the beta-carotene found in the vegetable into vitamin A, which keeps your vagina and uterus in good shape, plus helps produce sex hormones.

9 of 22 Baked sweet potatoes (Jack Puccio/Getty Images)

Coffee

Who knew that the thing most of us have to drink every morning would be the very thing that can enhance sexual arousal. Caffeine can put you in the mood. We might think twice next time we drink it during our morning meeting.

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