Diet and Nutrition Q&A by Betty Kovacs
If the recipe for a better sex drive was found in food, grocery shopping would take on a whole new meaning! This is a great question that has some compelling and some controversial answers.
Before deciding which to foods to try, you will need to figure out if there is an underlying cause for lack of sex drive. And the best person to help you with this would be your doctor. The compelling answers are based on research and often revolve around uncontrolled medical conditions. Fortunately, your diet is a key factor in controlling many of these conditions. Here are some examples:
In addition to all of these, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance have also been shown to have an effect. Again, the dietary intervention for these would be to eat a diet high in vegetables, fruit, lean meats, low-fat dairy, and whole grains.
The controversial answers revolve around so-called aphrodisiacs. Aphrodisiacs are thought to be substances that can enhance sexual desire. While aphrodisiacs are not based on any scientific evidence, there are many people who do believe that they work. The most common dietary ones are oysters, chocolate, bananas, avocado, nuts, ginger, and olives. The food supplement DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) has been used as an aphrodisiac. This supplement can have side effects, and its use should be approved by the doctor. Remember that there is no evidence to back any of these foods or supplements, and you do need to limit how much you eat, so do not go overboard or you can end up with the medical conditions listed above and have a whole new set of problems.
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