Foods that help improve libido (i.e. sex drive) are known as aphrodisiacs – named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. A certain nut contains the key mineral that may get your juices flowing.
Medical News Today note how the mineral zinc can help “regulate levels of testosterone” – the male sex hormone.
The pine nut, for example, contains high levels of zinc, which could boost your libido.
Harvard Medical School confirmed that testosterone is responsible for a person’s sex drive – in both sexes.
“As men age, testosterone levels drop very gradually, about one percent to two percent each year,” stated Harvard Medical School.
Symptoms of testosterone deficiency in adult men include low libido and impotence (the inability to achieve an erection).
For women, low testosterone levels may lead to decreased libido, poor concentration or depression.
Dietician Maggie Michalczyk said: “Pine nuts contain about 6.5 grams of zinc per three-ounce serving.
For their five-month experiment, the researchers restricted access to dietary zinc intake.
The researchers found that dietary zinc restriction in healthy, young men was associated with a significant decrease in serum testosterone after 20 weeks.
In addition, nine elderly men (on average, 64 years of age – plus or minus nine years), were found to be deficient in zinc at the beginning of the trial.
These men, in particular, were supplemented daily with 459 μmol/d of zinc for six months.
Relate – the relationship people charity – highlights the important of your lifestyle in increasing sexual arousal.
This includes keeping physically fit by exercising, staying hydrated (by drinking two litres of water daily) and managing stress.
Other noteworthy factors include getting enough sleep, and cutting down or not smoking at all.
To keep things more interesting in the bedroom, the charity also adds that “having fun” could be the way forward.