It might be a well-worn saying, but there’s nowhere that first impressions count more than in the bedroom (or wherever you and your significant other decide to get your freak on). Because you’re worth it, here’s the science bit: did you know that a good diet can upgrade your sexual performance from small flop to big hit?
Yes: the chemicals found in products anyone can buy at the local supermarket can seriously help you out in the sack. Bite into these eight foods beforehand, and you can guarantee you’ll be the main course your partner orders again and again.
If you want your private parts to stand to attention like they’re ready to bust out of the barracks, the L-Citrulline found in watermelon could be your best recruit. An amino acid, when eaten it is converted by the body into L-Arginine – which in turn leads to the production of nitric oxide, a compound that increases blood flow to the penis. The result: an erection that’ll make your main squeeze impatient to get the party started.
L-Arginine is also found in several other foods, such as nuts like pistachios and walnuts. Peel them apart to find the treasure hidden inside, and you and your companion will be guaranteed an unforgettable night.
In order to increase blood flow to all the erogenous zones, it’s a good idea to combat free radicals – which restrict the body’s production of nitric oxide – by incorporating a regular dose of antioxidants into your diet. A major ally in this battle are the anthocyanins found in blackberries. These fruit are known to have the highest concentration of these antioxidants, but if you can’t get your hands on any, blueberries, raspberries and pomegranates are all great alternatives.
Ginger can improve blood flow thanks to the salicylates it contains. Salicylates block vitamin K in your body, naturally thinning your blood. So get yourself some of this fresh super-root, chop it finely and add it to your curries, stir-fries or even as an ingredient to flavour a jug of iced-water.
Another way to promote movement of the red stuff to your nether regions is to feast on a good supply of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, spinach, tuna, linseed oil, chia seeds and walnuts should therefore be well stocked in your kitchen – especially before a night of fun and frolics.
Feast on a good cut of beef regularly and your taste buds won’t be the only ones experiencing a big burst of pleasure. Not only does it contain our best-friend L-Arginine, but also a high concentration of iron and zinc, which stimulate the production of male sex hormone testosterone – the undisputed king of PEDs in the sexual athletics arena.
Dark chocolate can be a blessing not only for your mood, but also for your sex life. It is a good source of the flavonol epicatechin, another compound that aids the production of nitric oxide in the body, increasing blood flow and circulation.
It sounds obvious when you say it, but how many of us realise that when we fail to give our bodies enough fluids, our blood gets thicker. If this coincides with any nocturnal activities, you might have trouble. To avoid such awkwardness, stay hydrated and drink around two litres of water a day.