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5 Foods to Eat for Better Sex — and 3 You Should Really Avoid

Lifesum, a popular health tracking app based in Sweden, analyzed its user data to find out which foods were most popular to eat before and after sex (within two hours or less). Data came from Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Out of 2,563 foods that were tracked, chocolate was the most popular. The second most common foods were, in order:

  • tomatoes
  • bread
  • apples
  • potatoes
  • coffee
  • bananas
  • wine
  • cheese
  • strawberries

After sex, folks enjoyed the same foods. But not surprisingly, H2O replaced the wine.

Avoid cheese and bread On the more immediate side of things, cheese and bread don’t digest or absorb well in the body. They’re high in FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols). This means they could lead to high levels of gas or cramps — maybe even during your date!

Frida Harju, a nutritionist at Lifesum, says she wasn’t surprised by the findings. Both chocolate and tomatoes are convenient snacks and rich in feel-good hormones and vitamins.

But do these foods have merit?

“Chocolate is full of anandamide and phenylethylamine, two ingredients that cause the body to release the happy hormones known as endorphins,” Harju explains. She cautions, though, that due to chocolate containing methylxanthines, its energetic benefits are short lived.

As for tomatoes, she reasons, folks most likely logged it before and after sex because they’re so easy to eat at every meal.

Interestingly, 4 out of the 10 most tracked foods consumed before and after sex are known as aphrodisiacs (chocolate, potatoes, coffee, and bananas). But Harju also points out the fact that since these foods were consumed after sex, people most likely didn’t eat them with the intention of promoting sexual desire.

“We are often unaware of the effect food has on the body and mind,” Harju says. She advises to be attentive to how certain foods might affect your desire.

So what should we eat?

While the scientific correlation behind aphrodisiacs stimulating libido is weak, what we do know is that a healthy diet is associated with a lower risk of erectile dysfunction and female sexual dysfunction.

Elaina Lo, a chef and nutritional health coach at Your Food as Medicine, says there are a number of foods that can actually enhance your sex life. They can do so by keeping your heart healthy and pumping blood to the right places.

Lo recommends integrating these five foods to your daily routine to make you feel good and ready for the bedroom.

1. Ground flax seeds

This superfood is known for its rich antioxidant properties and for increasing blood flow to the sexual organs. Flax seeds keep you vibrant, as they contain lignans. These are estrogen-like chemicals that have antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer properties.

Flax seeds are also a good source of:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s can improve cardiovascular health, a plus for libido.
  • L-arginine. This amino acid can boost blood flow and keep sperm healthy.

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  • Sprinkle 2 teaspoons on your oatmeal breakfast bowl.
  • Add a spoonful to your green smoothie.
  • Mix with turkey meatballs or meatloaf.
  • Sprinkle into your salads.

2. Oysters

This delicate seafood is rich in zinc, a key mineral for sexual maturation. Zinc helps your body produce testosterone, a hormone linked with sexual desire. It also helps synthesize thyroid hormones, necessary for having energy.

Of course, you can’t expect immediate results just by eating six raw oysters. But oysters do contain the nutrients critical for sexual function.

  • Baste oysters with a red wine mignonette. Best to eat them raw.
  • Eat them bloody mary-style and get your dose of vitamin-rich tomatoes.

3. Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds, like oysters, arepacked with zinc. They’re also a great source of magnesium. They contain antioxidative, antihypertensive, and cardioprotective nutrients, all essential for optimal sexual health.

The omega-3 fatty acids in pumpkin seeds may help with gynecological and prostate health. Omega-3s are known to reduce inflammation in the body.

Pumpkin seeds are rich in:

  • iron, necessary for feeling energized
  • zinc, associated with boosting immunity
  • magnesium, essential for relaxation
  • Sprinkle a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds in your strawberry yogurt parfait.
  • Top your zucchini noodles with a healthy pumpkin seed pesto.
  • Make green pipian, a popular Mexican pumpkin seed sauce.

4. Pomegranate seeds

Pomegranate seeds are packed with polyphenols. Polyphenols are compounds associated with decreased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. They’re also thought to relax blood vessels and increase the delivery of blood to the brain and heart.

If polyphenols can help increase blood to these parts, why not to other parts below the waistline, too?

Pomegranate seeds are high in:

  • polyphenols, which can protect your immune system and uplift your mood
  • micronutrients, which provide the building blocks for making sex hormones
  • flavones, which are important for erectile health
  • vitamin C, which decreases stress and gives you stamina
  • Serve yourself some pomegranate juice over ice for a refreshing afternoon drink. A small study suggests pomegranate juice may improve erectile dysfunction.
  • Make your walnut spinach salad pop by tossing in a small handful of these sweet and sour jewels.
  • Add these tiny but powerful antioxidants to a homemade baba ghanoush.

5. Avocados

Let’s start with a fun fact: The word for “avocado” is derived from an Aztec word meaning “testicle.”

Fun facts aside, avocados are really good for the testicles, or at least what comes out of them. Versatile and nourishing, avocados are loaded with vitamin E. Vitamin E is a key antioxidant that widens blood vessels, potentially lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease. It may also reduce sperm DNA damage.

Avocados are also rich in:

  • vitamin B-6, which helps keep your nervous system in balance
  • potassium, which powers up your libido and energy
  • monounsaturated oleic acid, which supports circulation and makes your heart healthy
  • Vitamin E is very sensitive to heat and oxygen, so it’s best to eat your avocados raw.
  • Lather it on your sprouted toast.
  • Toss it in your kale salads.
  • Make a dip out of it.

It’s best to avoid deep-frying avocado, like in fried avocado tempura or avocado egg rolls. This is because heat diminishes their nutritional value.

Should you avoid charcuterie boards on dates?

To stay on cloud nine, maintain your after-sex glow, and avoid a slump, Lo recommends avoiding processed foods. “It is best to limit foods that are high in salt and sugar, and monitor fat intake to keep your blood flow and circulation going strong,” she tells Healthline.

A glass of romantic, mood-setting wine is a delicate dance. On one hand, it might get your heart pumping with antioxidants. But too much might make you sleepy. A study has also found that people were more likely to report sexual dysfunction and after-sex regret after alcohol use.

While many people, according to Lifesum’s results, opted for bread and cheese, it’s hard to say how these foods increase sexual libido, since they’re more known for causing cramps and gas.

Of course, the results are very dependent on individuals: A 2015 Time article reported that grilled cheese lovers have more sex, while a 2018 study found a correlation between a lower intake of diary and reduced erectile dysfunction.

Overall, research has shown that those who prefer a diet composed of nuts, fish with high omega-3 fatty acids, fruit, and leafy greens are more likely to feel more active, want to be erotically stimulated, and experience sexual pleasure. Enjoying a healthy sexual appetite involves many factors — especially being mindful about how you nurture yourself in and out of the kitchen.

“By starting your day with whole foods that are high in levels of nutrient key minerals, powerful antioxidants, and vitamins responsible for enhancing your body’s sex hormones, you are likely to feel more energized to initiate or accept your beau’s bid for sexual affection,” Lo says.

Janet Brito is an AASECT-certified sex therapist who also has a license in clinical psychology and social work. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Minnesota Medical School, one of only a few university programs in the world dedicated to sexuality training. Currently, she’s based in Hawaii and is the founder of the Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health. Brito has been featured on many outlets, including The Huffington Post, Thrive, and Healthline. Reach out to her through her website or on Twitter.

Everyone has their own version of a ritual before it becomes their time to shine, however, are you maximizing your full potential before sex?

Aphrodisiacs are things that stimulate sexual desire or arouse excitement within the body. Different kinds of foods or drinks can jump-start this libido, and really spice things up in the bedroom. Aka it’s time to listen up and try eating these before sex.

Nuts

Kirby Barth

Nuts contain large amounts of zinc, which is one of the key factors to a healthy libido. According to SELF, nuts also contain omega-3, which can cause a sexual response due to an increase in dopamine production.

Strawberries

Kate Donald

This one should be obvious. Strawberries have been used in a seductive manner for years now, bonus if they are covered in chocolate. The stunning red color, mixed with the sweet flavor of the berry, how could they not be absolutely tantalizing? Plus, back in the ancient Roman days, strawberries were known as a symbol of Venus.

Coffee

Hailey Ennis

Most of us drink coffee in the morning to help put a little extra pep in our step. So, why not give it a shot before sex? Coffee helps to wake you up, get the blood flowing and increases stamina; all pretty useful, if not essential.

Avocados

Katie Luchette

I guess there was a good reason for the avocado craze. According to PBS, “the Aztecs explained that name, ahucatl (meaning testicle), came not only from their physical appearance, but also from their ability to incite sexual passion.” The avocado helped many boost their immune system and their libido.

Seafood

Jocelyn Hsu

Seafood, oysters more specifically, is a great choice, again, because of our good friend, zinc. In addition to the zinc, hand feeding oysters or sushi could be all you need to spice it up in the bedroom.

Beets

Kate Zizmor

Maybe Dwight Schrute had it right all along. Beets contain tryptophan and betaine, which contribute to positive feelings. They also contain boron, which is a substance that helps to increase sex hormones in the body.

Dark chocolate

Amanda Shulman

Chocolate has always been a fan favorite for the indication of sex. However, science has delved into the wonders behind what makes chocolate so powerful. Two essential parts were found phenethylamine and tryptophan. Apparently, these two components help us to fall in love and create serotonin in our brain.

Pomegranates

Parisa Soraya

In 2011, it was discovered that by drinking pomegranate juice it lowered cortisol levels, thus increasing testosterone in men and women. Additionally, according to PBS, Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love planted the first pomegranate tree, and due to “their many seeds, pomegranates are often associated with fertility and abundance.”

Next time the mood strikes, impress your partner by stepping up your game and trying something new. What have you got to lose?

Alcohol “…provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance” said Shakespeare, but was he right? It is common belief that alcohol helps us lose our inhibitions and can also act as an aphrodisiac (sometimes!). But it’s not often thought of as a performance enhancer in the bedroom. I refer you to “brewers droop”, the age-old nickname for temporary erectile dysfunction induced by alcohol.

The notion of too much alcohol as a passion killer is backed up by anecdotal and scientific evidence, but this doesn’t seem to dampen the media fascination with it as a libido enhancer. Is there any truth behind the notion that a couple of pints can really make you a better lover or is this just another “sexy” science story?

There is a significant body of research that suggests alcohol is associated with heightened sexual response (increased arousal and enhanced orgasm) and loosening of sexual inhibitions. Historically, alcohol also has a long association with romance and sex in terms of advertising. On the other hand, alcohol is linked with an increase in risky sexual behaviours, which can result in unwanted pregnancy and sexual transmitted diseases. Given these opposing effects, why do media articles tend to focus on the positive association between alcohol and sex, and what do the research studies behind the media stories tell us?

A recent story in the Independent reported on the claims made by a new book called the “The Married Sex Solution”. Sex expert Dr Kat Van Kirk believes that drinking beer can lead to four distinct improvements in the sexual experience for males: (1) delayed ejaculation, (2) enhanced libido and more intense erections, (3) increased sexual stamina and (4) that beer can help “your overall health” and thus make you less “sluggish in sex”. Interestingly, the only point to reference a peer reviewed research article is the third – that “alcohol improves sexual stamina”.

A study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology reports on a meta-analysis of 13 studies looking at cardiovascular risk and beer consumption. The findings suggest a J-shaped curve, suggesting a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease in those who drink 55g of beer a day or less. It is important to note that this study did not actually measure sexual stamina, instead reduced cardiovascular risk was taken as a proxy. Also, it is not fully clear what “grams of alcohol” means here. If the measure reflects pure ethanol, 55g of beer is equivalent to approximately 7 units or 3 and a half pints of fairly weak beer per day. This seems like a lot of alcohol to be consumed each day!

An article in The Telegraph reported on a 2009 study conducted by the Western Australia’s Keogh Institute for Medical Research. This study examined the impact of alcohol use on male erectile dysfunction. The Telegraph article did not provide a link to a peer reviewed article, but I found a study on this published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. It collected information from 1,580 men on erectile function, alcohol, and tobacco use. The Telegraph reported that the men who drank a moderate amount of alcohol reported 30% fewer erectile problems than non-drinkers. The article interprets this finding as a “favourable association” between moderate drinkers and erectile function.

The authors of the research paper indicate that none of the reported associations between drinking status and erectile function were “statistically significant” until cardiovascular disease and smoking status were controlled for in analyses. It is also important to remember that the study used self-report measures of alcohol consumption and erectile dysfunction, meaning any associations observed are dependent on the ability and willingness of participants to accurately report their alcohol use and erectile problems

A third study reported in The Independent this year looked at whether alcohol can boost women’s sex drives. The study showed that following moderate alcohol consumption, levels of testosterone increased in women, but not men. This might be evidence of alcohol increasing the libido of women via a temporary surge in the male sex hormone. Despite being reported in The Independent this year, the research in question appears to come from a study published in Nature by Alko (a large Finnish alcohol retailer) in 1994.

The research itself is a one-page report on an experimental study where men and women were given either an alcoholic beverage or a non-alcoholic juice, and hormone levels were measured (although it is not clear how). When controlling for contraceptive use and menstrual cycle (which affects hormone levels) alcohol increased testosterone compared with the placebo in women, but not men.

There are a number of methodological questions that cannot be answered from the information in this short report – did the participants know if they were receiving an alcoholic or placebo beverage? In what conditions were participants tested? However, for me the biggest question is why would the media report on a study conducted over 20 years ago, which is a considerable amount of time in the fast moving world of scientific research?

Interestingly, the publication of the article in The Independent coincided with a press release for a new vodka by a company called Alko-plus. (It is not clear whether this company is affiliated with Alko). In the press release, the vodka is specifically aimed at women, with claims made regarding the capability of alcohol to increase female libido: “Hey Gals: Put New Meaning Into Your July 4th Fireworks; Alko-Plus Creates ‘Lust Vodka’ that it says Increases Female Sexual Desire”.

Reviewing these articles and the corresponding research studies has made me think about the issues involved in studying sex and alcohol and in reporting and interpreting research findings. There are many complex individual differences in the psychological and physiological factors that influence the response to both sex and alcohol. The association between sex and alcohol is dependent upon alcohol dosage, alcohol expectancy, and measurement of alcohol and sexual behaviour.

In terms of dose, there may be an optimal amount of alcohol to induce these positive effects on sexual arousal or performance. Once past that threshold the effects may be more negative. This notion is supported by the biphasic nature of alcohol, with stimulant effects as blood alcohol concentration increases, but depressant effects as it decreases again.

Alcohol expectancy can also impact sexual behaviour during intoxication. Simply believing that drinking alcohol increases sexual arousal may lead to actual arousal during intoxication. Expectancies about alcohol consumption are a key element of research examining the effects of alcohol on any behaviour. It is important that research determines the impact of both the direct pharmacological effects and expectation.

Finally, the way alcohol use is measured can impact on the association with sexual behaviour. The administration of alcohol in an experimental study versus self-report of alcohol use by drinkers is likely to yield different study findings. Furthermore, it is very difficult to directly measure sexual behaviour. Most studies have to rely on self-report of sexual arousal and performance or use proxy measures such as cardiovascular and physiological function.

Accurate representation of research evidence on alcohol and sex may not yield a “sexy” headline. However, clear and honest reporting of research findings and at least a link to the original published study should allow the reader to make up their own mind when faced with the scientific evidence.

In this case alcohol’s ability to increase prowess in the bedroom does not appear to be as straightforward as presented in the media. The link between sex and alcohol is a complex one and best interpreted when a clear and balanced picture is available, rather than a “sexed-up” story.

Dr Sally Adams is a lecturer in health psychology at the University of Bath. Her research examines the cognitive and behavioural mechanisms underlying alcohol and tobacco use. Find her on Twitter @SallyScientist

This is what Red Bull does to your body after just one can – and the effects last up to 12 days

Red Bull is a popular energy drink. And whether you have it on its own, or mixed with alcohol, it’s not thought to be very good for you.

Yet cans of the sugary liquid are consumed readily by people every day. Most of us need a wake up in the morning, and during the afternoon slump. They can be useful – if you’re on a long drive, for example.

But what actually happens to us when we drink a can of energy drink, whatever the brand?

Online gift website Personalise has compiled some data that shows the effects the energy drink has on our bodies.

It produced this handy infographic that details them – and it’s safe to say the impact is extraordinary, and arguably a little worrying.

Energy drinks have a big effect on our bodies (Image: www.personalise.co.uk)

Here’s the Personalise step-by-step guide to what energy drinks do, according to research

1. During the first ten minutes of drinking an energy drink, the caffeine starts to be absorbed into your bloodstream, and your body responds by increasing your heart rate and blood pressure.

2. At some point during the first 15-45 minutes, depending how fast you drink it, the levels of caffeine will peak, you’ll feel alert and find your concentration is improved. This is due to caffeine being a stimulant drug. This is when it’s recommended to drink one if you are driving and feel you need to be more alert.

3. 30-50 minutes after you finish your drink and your body has now fully absorbed the caffeine, your liver will often then react by absorbing more sugar. It’s during this time that your body has also absorbed most of the sugar initially in the drink as well.

Red bull is one of the most popular energy drinks on the market (Image: Birmingham Mail)

4. An hour in and you’ll likely be getting the dreaded ‘sugar crash’ – this is often a mix of the sugar levels in your bloodstream dropping as well as the effects of the caffeine dying down.

5. Roughly five to six hours is the half-life of caffeine. This means that it takes this many hours for your body to reduce the caffeine content in your bloodstream by 50 per cent. For women who take an oral contraceptive, this time is doubled.

6. For most people, after 12 hours of finishing the energy drink, all the caffeine will have been removed from your bloodstream, but the exact speed or time will vary from person-to-person.

7. For regular drinkers, you’ll find that between 12 and 24 hours is the time for when you’ll start to feel withdrawal symptoms – i.e. the urge for some caffeine. Other effects of this include headaches, irritability and constipation.

8. Studies have shown that up to 12 days is the point in which your body will become tolerant of your daily caffeine dosage. One study found that of those who took a caffeine pill, and others who had a placebo, displayed identical moods, alert levels and energy after 18 days. Simply, people who had the high dosage of caffeine had got used to the caffeine fix.

It’s easy to get addicted to energy drinks (Image: Getty)

So, should we really be consuming energy drinks?

A lot of us need caffeine to feel as though we’re able to function. Studies have suggested there are both benefits and negative points in consuming the drug.

The recommended dosage of caffeine per day is 400mg, and Red Bull’s 80mg is well within that. But that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily good for us.

Nutritionist Ella Allred told the Daily Star: “Energy drinks are a bad way to get caffeine. Many people drink energy drinks every day to help them survive busy week.

“However, relying on those drinks, push our bodies to the limit. We still need to sleep and eat properly, but if we won’t do it on time and ignore our needs, most likely we will crash later on.”

And Gavin Partington, British Soft Drinks Association Director General, added: “Energy drinks deliver a caffeine or glucose-based energy boost and are enjoyed by millions worldwide.

“In fact, this year the European Food Safety Authority reaffirmed the safety of energy drinks and their ingredients.”

You’re probably best off having a coffee or a brew then.

It’s possible that caffeine could help a man’s erections, but more research is needed.

Caffeine is a stimulant found in foods and beverages. Coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks are common sources.

Past research has found that caffeine may have some health benefits, but its role in erections has been unclear.

In April 2015, researchers from the United States and Greece investigated the relationship between caffeine and erectile dysfunction (ED). They analyzed data from over 3,700 men.

They discovered that men who consumed between 170-375 mg of caffeine each day had lower rates of ED. (This amount is the equivalent of 2-3 cups of coffee.)

It’s possible that caffeine helps relax arteries and smooth muscle tissue in the penis, allowing more blood to flow in when a man is aroused. Good blood flow is essential for a firm erection.

Overweight and obese men, along with those with high blood pressure, also had lower rates of ED when they consumed more caffeine. However, higher caffeine intake did not seem to affect ED rates in men with diabetes.

This does not mean that consuming more caffeine will improve a man’s erections. ED is a complex condition that can have both physical and psychological roots. Diabetes, heart disease, depression, and anxiety can all be linked to ED.

However, future research may explore the connection between ED and erections further.

In the meantime, men who are having trouble with erections should see their doctor. ED can be a sign of more serious medical conditions, so it is always best to have a complete checkup. A doctor can also suggest different treatment options.

20 Foods That Increase Your Sexual Stamina and Sex Drive

There are certain things you definitely don’t want to last very long—like dentist appointments, visits with the in-laws, and hangovers. Something that would never top that list? Sex. When you hit the sheets with your significant other or a new flame, the last thing you want is to finish too soon.

Although no one wants to be a minuteman, research shows that you don’t have to go all night to please your partner either. A Journal of Sexual Medicine study reports that the average time couples spend bumpin’ and grindin’ ranges from three to 13 minutes. Other research reveals that most women want “sexy time” to last between 15 and 25 minutes—not for hours like some people might think. Regardless, nothing bad can come from going at it a bit longer!

Luckily for you, Eat This, Not That! is here with some simple foods to add to your diet that’ll help boost your lovemaking endurance. Scroll down, learn what they are, and start filling up your plate! With any luck, you won’t have to fight off the grand finale by thinking about baseball or your fantasy league ever again. Next up: Tone your abs and your bedroom performance with these best proteins for your penis.

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Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the richest natural sources of L-citrulline, a non-essential amino acid that your body converts to L-arginine in your body. And it’s the L-arginine that can help make your erection harder. Like that little blue pill, L-arginine stimulates the production of nitric oxide, which increases blood flow to the penis, strengthening erections.

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Chili Peppers

Your mind is telling you no, but your body’s telling you yes? Get your mentality on the same page as your body by adding some serrano peppers to a stir fry, jalapenos to guacamole, or cayenne pepper to your eggs. Why all the pepper? Each fruit contains a significant amount of capsaicin, the compound that makes Tabasco sauce hot, releases chemicals that increase heart rate, mirrors signs of arousal, and releases feel-good endorphins, according to NPR. The bottom line? Munching on these spicy foods won’t only boost your metabolism, they will get you in the mood for the evening’s festivities and increase your duration in the sack, too. To rev your calorie-burning furnace some more, don’t miss these best ways to boost your metabolism.

RELATED: Learn how to fire up your metabolism and lose weight the smart way.

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Apples

An apple a day doesn’t just keep the doctor away; it may also help to extend your sexual stamina. It’s all thanks to apples’ high levels of quercetin, an antioxidant flavonoid that has been found to play a role in improving endurance. And since your body goes through many of the same physical changes during sex as it does during exercise—elevated heart rate, increased metabolism, burned calories, and muscle contractions—you can equate endurance with extending your time in bed. According to nutritionist Sarah-Jane Bedwell, RD, LDN, author of Schedule Me Skinny: Plan to Lose Weight and Keep It Off in Just 30 Minutes a Week, quercetin “can help to create new mitochondria in the body’s cells and increase one’s oxidative capacity, which signifies the maximum amount of oxygen your muscles can use.” That’s not all. Quercetin can also help prevent the release of cortisone, which causes muscle breakdown, meaning you’ll be able to go at it longer without experiencing premature fatigue.

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Ginger

If you like your food like you like your lovers—sweet and spicy—you’re in luck. Ginger is another food that can improve your sex life by aiding blood flow and improving artery health. According to a study in the International Journal of Cardiology, consuming a mere teaspoon of the stuff a few times a week is all you need to reap the heart-healthy benefits. So, go ahead and place that second order of sushi this week—just don’t leave the ginger on your plate.

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Wild Salmon

Trying to heat things up after your dinner date? Be sure to order the wild salmon. The fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which aid nitric oxide production, according to a study in the journal Food & Function, helping you stay hard. Plus, additional research has found that cutting back calories and sticking to a Mediterranean-style diet rich in produce, fish, whole grains, and healthy fats (like omega-3s) can improve erectile function in men with metabolic syndrome, according to an International Journal of Impotence Research study. The same group of researchers found that similar results for improved sexual function in women when following a Mediterranean diet.

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Bananas

Fitting, right? This sexual innuendo may be able to help you go go go! That’s because this tropical fruit is full of simple carbs to provide you with energy and potassium to help you keep going. The muscle-relaxing mineral prevents cramps and muscle spasms that may impede your sexy time. Plus, the American Heart Association says that potassium can help lower blood pressure, which can boost sexual performance by ensuring proper blood flow to certain parts of the body, including the genitals.

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Oats

If you want to go long enough to help your date reach the big-O (hint: you should), reach for some oatmeal. One cup of the popular breakfast cereal contains 688 milligrams of L-arginine, an amino acid commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction. Plus, whole grains like oatmeal also help lower cholesterol levels, as shown by an American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine review. Having high cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, a condition that clogs and narrows arteries, impairing blood flow. This could eventually lead to heart problems, but you’ll likely notice issues below the belt first. The arteries surrounding the genital area are narrower than coronary blood vessels, so they’re more susceptible to clots. Simply put: the better your cholesterol levels are, the better your erection will be, too. So, start your day with these overnight oats recipes.

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Garlic

According to historians, ancient Egyptians used garlic to boost their stamina. A Journal of Nutrition study confirmed that consuming garlic extract can help stop the formation of new fatty deposits, called plaque, inside arterial walls. Yes, that includes the arteries leading to your penis, too. Keep your heart healthy and your erections strong by adding some garlic to your weekly dishes. But bear in mind that garlic won’t make your breath smell particularly seductive—so keep it out of your date-night diet.

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To ensure you can last as long as your partner desires when the time comes, add some nuts to your diet. Pistachios, peanuts, and walnuts all contain the amino acid L-arginine, which is one of the building blocks of nitric oxide—a naturally occurring gas that helps guys maintain their erections. These nuts are also high in magnesium, which boosts energy and endurance. To top it all off, the healthy fats in nuts help reduce cholesterol levels, according to a Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases study. The less cholesterol you have in your system, the easier it is for blood to circulate throughout your body and down to your penis, which can help you maintain a firmer erection longer. Mix them into your yogurt, throw some on top of your salad, or toss some into a baggie to munch on at work.

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Quinoa

Looking to make sex a marathon and not a sprint? Swapping out your dinner roll for a side of quinoa may do the trick if you’re looking to last—and last fast. Not only is quinoa one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein, but it’s also one of the top high-fiber foods. Because it takes your body a longer time to digest fiber, eating these nutrient-dense foods provides your body with more long-lasting energy levels so you can go the distance.

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Tuna Fish

For a quick energy boost, look no further than vitamin B12. The micronutrient is connected to optimal mental function and high energy because it helps maintain the health of your nerves, brain, and red blood cells. According to a Harvard study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, typical vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms include a trio of ailments that spell out bad news for the bedroom: fatigue, low libido (including erectile dysfunction), and weakness. Luckily, one of the top five sources of the micronutrient is one you’re likely already eating: canned tuna. Pop open a can and top off a slice of whole grain bread or your salad with this cheap fish that ranks on our list of best proteins for weight loss.

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Pomegranate Juice

Some scholarly minds believe it wasn’t an apple, but a pomegranate with which Eve tempted Adam in the Garden of Eden—and it wouldn’t shock us if that were the case. A recent study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research discovered that pomegranate juice, rich in antioxidants that support blood flow, can help improve erectile dysfunction. Though this study was funded by POM Wonderful, animal studies have also shown that the elixir improves long-term erectile response, so it’s definitely worth a shot–literally. Knock a shot back or water your juice down a bit: One cup of tart POM Wonderful packs 31 grams of sugar.

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You know nitrates help will blood flow to your nether regions, but it also helps increase overall blood flow—which is also good for your mind. In a recent Physiology & Behavior study, adult participants were given a dose of beet juice and then performed a selection of cognitive tasks. The researchers discovered that the beet juice measurably improved blood flow to their brains and improved cognitive performance. The secret power of these roots? Nitrates, which are found in beets and converted into nitrite in the body.

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Spinach

After taking a closer look at the science, it makes so much sense that Olive stuck with Popeye for all those years. The dude was a jacked, badass sailor who was obsessed with eating spinach, a veggie that helps fuel erections. The secret to its penis-enhancing power lies in its high arginine content. When this amino acid hits your system, it converts to nitric oxide, which helps initiate and maintain erections. Need another reason to add some green to your plate? Nitric oxide may also help speed muscle growth and recovery time, according to a Molecular Biology of the Cell study. So not only will you perform better in bed, you’ll look hotter doing it, too. Now that’s a win-win!

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Avocado

Your anxiety about getting between-the-sheets could be elevating levels of stress—which plummet libido and could get in the way of a longer sex session. That’s not all. A lack of B-vitamins—nutrients that keep nerves and brain cells healthy—could also be exaggerating your stress even further, says a Nutrition Journal study. The solution? Feast on some guac. Not only are avocados rich in stress-relieving B vitamins, but they’re also a source of monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to aid blood flow to the entire body—including the penis—by a Journal of Hypertension study.

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Asparagus

Ever heard the adage that running is 90 percent mental and only 10 percent physical? Well, the same can be said for sex. To make sure your brain is mentally in the game, cultivate a keen sense of focus by loading up on folate. This B vitamin helps maintain levels of oxygen in our blood and produces healthy cells. It’s known to aid in focus, energy, and alertness. Asparagus is one of the best sources of folate in our diets—just 6 spears provides you with a third of your recommended daily intake.

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Grass-Fed Beef

Now you have another excuse to order the steak. When it comes to boosting—and maintaining—your libido, niacin (Vitamin B3) is especially helpful. A Journal of Sexual Medicine study found that men suffering from impotence who took a niacin supplement reported a significant improvement in their bedroom performance than men who took a placebo. Just 3 ounces of beef will serve up 30 percent of your daily recommended intake.

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Chia Seeds

This is for all you long distance relationship folks out there. If you’re looking to go all day, simply sprinkle these seeds into your yogurt or smoothies and you’ll feed yourself the energy you need to fuel your lustful day. Thanks to their prime ratio of protein, healthy fats, and fiber, chia seeds give you stable energy since they won’t cause spikes and drops in blood sugar or insulin levels, which would otherwise cause for a distracting rumbling tummy while your romping around in bed.

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Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are nutritional superstars and the killer wingman. You can thank their sources of zinc and magnesium: two essential minerals shown to boost testosterone levels, especially when combined, found an International Journal of Endocrinology study. The magnesium, specifically, decreases inflammation in blood vessels, which then increases blood flow and, subsequently, arousal. The seeds are also a rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids that have been shown to boost prostaglandins—hormone-like substances that play a key role in libido. You’ll find you’ll be able to keep your sexual stamina up if you’re not trying to fake it.

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Dark Chocolate

Experts estimate that stress and performance anxiety account for up to 20 percent of all erection problems. Rather than letting you and your partner down because you’re down in the dumps, consider eating foods that can counteract stress—like dark chocolate. According to researchers, cacao increases levels of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin. In one 30-day trial, participants who consumed a daily chocolate drink reported feeling calmer than subjects who didn’t sip the beverage. (A Journal of Sex Medicine study also found that sexual desire and sexual pleasure increased in women after eating dark chocolate.) So next time you’re on a date, skip the calorie-laden ice cream sundae (as well as the #1 worst menu option at every popular restaurant) and nosh on some dark chocolate and a plate of fresh fruit back at your place.

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Eat these foods to give your sex drive a boost

If you want to give your sex-life a boost, just alter your diet.

We all know what we eat plays a huge role in how our body works.

But it can also give our libido a much-needed lift.

A recent study claimed that 42 percent of daily meat-eaters had sex once a week or more, compared with only 16 percent of vegetarians.

Harley Street nutritionist ­Rhiannon Lambert says: “Certain foods have been linked to increasing our sex drive, due to their nutritional value and their role in aiding blood flow.

“Foods containing certain vitamins, minerals and amino acids can help to improve sexual desire.

“The best thing we can do to improve our physical and mental health is to eat a well-balanced diet that contains a variety of nutrients. But some also deliver a bedroom boost.”

Here, Rhiannon dishes on some of the top foods to get you in the mood.

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Chili

If you want things to heat up in the bedroom, add some chili to your meals. The fiery pod contains ­capsaicin, which produces heat and boosts endorphins – the ­feelgood ­hormone which raises testosterone levels.

Garlic

It may not be the first thing you reach for when you want to have sex.

But garlic contains a natural anticoagulant – meaning it thins the blood, allowing it to reach sexual organs more easily and helping arousal and orgasm.

Apples

Just like red wine, some fruits, such as apples, are richly packed with the antioxidant quercetin.

This can help to ease ­symptoms of interstitial cystitis, which can cause lowered sexual desire in women.

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Eggs

Eggs for breakfast, however you have them, can up your chances of a sexier day ahead.

They pack essential nutrients and are rich in vitamins B5 and B6. Research has found this can balance hormone levels and lessen stress – two things which are believed to play a big role in keeping up a healthy libido.

Seafood

Probably the best-known ­aphrodisiac. Oysters, clams and scallops contain compounds which raise testosterone and oestrogen levels, so boosting ­sexual desire.

Famed lover Casanova ate 50 oysters a day for sexual stamina.

Meat

Chicken and beef contain amino acids carnitine and arginine, which improve blood flow. In both men and women, this is key for sexual response.
It not only helps to get the blood flowing to the right ­places, it also helps to maintain desire for longer.

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Salmon

Best known for its essential fatty acids, omega-3s, these wonder fats help to maintain a healthy heart and to prevent plaque build-up in our arteries, meaning blood can flow smoothly. This in turn keeps your sex drive thriving.

Omega-3s can also raise dopamine levels in the brain which trigger arousal.

Nuts

Almonds and cashews are rich in zinc, which can boost blood flow to sexual organs, helping us feel aroused and experience greater sexual pleasure.

Walnuts, ­peanuts and sunflower seeds also contain arginine, used to treat erectile dysfunction. It can relax muscles around blood vessels in the penis, allowing increased blood flow.

Red wine

You cannot go drinking bottles of the stuff every night, but research published in the ­Journal of Sexual Medicine found one or two glasses increased sexual desire in women.

Red wine contains quercetin, an antioxidant that can boost physical performance by improving the health of blood ­vessels.

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Dark chocolate

Not only does it taste great, chocolate with a high cocoa content – typically above 70 percent – contains a lot of phenylethylamine, which can release similar endorphins to those sparked by sex.

Research found this can increase sexual attraction, while other studies found chocs create “happy” brain activity similar to kissing.

13 Best Foods for Your Penis, According to Science

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When it comes to consuming things to improve your penis health, you shouldn’t discredit drinks. A 2015 study from the University of Texas found that men who drink two to three cups of java a day—or 85 to 170 milligrams of caffeine from other beverages—are 42 percent less likely to have erectile dysfunction than those who consume up to seven milligrams of the stimulant daily. What’s more, those who throw back four to seven cups are 39 percent less likely to have the condition than their decaffeinated counterparts. The trend holds true among overweight, obese, and hypertensive men, but not for those with diabetes, a condition that often causes the issue.

So, how exactly does drinking coffee keep things going strong? The scientists say that the stimulant triggers a series of reactions in the body that ultimately increase blood flow to the penis.

Tomatoes

Double down on the marinara to protect your manhood. According to a 2014 study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, men who eat more than 10 servings of tomatoes each week have an 18 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer. That’s thanks to lycopene, an antioxidant which fights off toxins that can cause DNA and cell damage.

If you’re looking to conceive, then you might want to consider stocking up on tomatoes. Another 2019 study also found that the garden vegetable could improve sperm morphology (shape).

Chocolate is one food that will satisfy your cravings and boost your penis health at the same time. Cacao increases levels of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin. With more serotonin in the brain, your stress levels are lower, your libido is higher, and you’re much more likely to reach orgasm. And that’s not all: Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that cocoa also increases blood flow and relaxes blood vessels, sending blood to all the right regions.

Hot Sauce

Hot sauce is one of the best condiments when it comes to your penis health. A 2015 study published in Physiology & Behavior found that men who have a taste for spicy foods tend to have higher testosterone levels than those who can’t handle the heat. Of the 114 male participants surveyed, researchers saw a clear correlation between frequent hot sauce usage and higher testosterone levels. The study authors suggest that this may be due in part to capsaicin, the fiery compound in chili pepper that other studies have also associated with increased testosterone levels.

Green Tea

Green tea is rich in compounds called catechins that have been shown to blast away belly fat and speed the liver’s capacity for turning fat into energy. But that’s not all: Catechins also boost desire by promoting blood flow between your legs.

According to Bjork, catechins “cause blood vessel cells to release nitric oxide, which increases the size of the blood vessels, leading to improved blood flow.” Blood flow to the genitals equals sexual excitement, so sipping the stuff will, well, make you want to get it on. Bjork suggests drinking four cups a day to feel the full effects.

Cherries

Nature’s candy can be a cherry bomb for your sex life. Cherries are rich in anthocyanins, plant chemicals that clean your arteries of plaque and keep blood flowing freely. Make them a regular snack: One cup clocks in at fewer than 100 calories and has B vitamins, cancer-fighting flavonoids, and three grams of fiber.

Salmon

It’s no secret that oily cold-water fish like wild salmon, sardines, and tuna are overflowing with omega-3 fatty acids, but here’s something you may not know: The nutrient not only benefits your heart, but also raises dopamine levels in the brain.

This spike in dopamine improves circulation and blood flow, triggering arousal. What’s more, “dopamine will make you feel more relaxed and connected to your partner, which makes sex more fun,” says psychotherapist and sex expert Tammy Nelson. When it comes to your penis health, eating fish is a no-brainer!

Wine

If you’re looking for a way to simultaneously boost your libido and calm those pre-date jitters, pour yourself a glass of red wine. According to a 2012 study printed in Nutrition Journal, vino could elevate your testosterone levels.

In lab tests, researchers found that quercetin, a compound in wine, blocks an enzyme that causes the body to excrete testosterone, thereby increasing the amount circulating in the blood. Wine’s rich antioxidant profile also triggers nitric oxide production, which relaxes artery walls. This increases blood flow down south, creating feelings of sexual excitement.

Carrots

A 2013 study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility analyzed the effect of various fruit and vegetables on sperm quality. It discovered that carrots had the best all-around results on sperm count and motility—a term used to describe the ability of sperm to swim towards an egg. Men who ate the most carrots saw improved sperm performance by 6.5 to 8 percent. The Harvard researchers behind the study attribute the boost to carotenoids, powerful antioxidative compounds in carrots that help the body make vitamin A.

Next time you want to help your date reach the big O, opt for some oatmeal. The popular breakfast cereal is a good source of l-arginine, an amino acid commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction.

Potatoes

Potatoes—whether they’re of the white or the sweet variety—are a great source of potassium. This nutrient boosts circulation, which keeps blood flowing where it needs to go and enhances your bedroom pleasure. (It also counteracts salt-related bloating, so you’ll have a hotter bod, too.)

Pomegranate

One study presented at a 2012 conference held by the Society for Endocrinology found that pomegranate juice, which is rich in antioxidants that support blood flow, can also help improve testosterone levels and boost mood. Specifically, when subjects consumed pomegranate juice for just two weeks, they saw a 24 percent increase in salivary testosterone.

What Caffeine Can (and Can’t) Do for Your Sex Life

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I read somewhere that caffeine can dampen sex drive. True?

Worry not, java lovers! This is mostly a myth. You may have seen online that coffee messes with blood sugar levels, which stresses your adrenal glands and is said to tamp down hormones related to sex drive. Nope: While caffeine can raise blood sugar slightly in people with type 2 diabetes, it doesn’t have this effect on healthy adults. So it’s highly unlikely that caffeine will decrease your libido. In fact, one study performed on female rats found that caffeine increased sexual motivation.

RELATED: 13 Reasons to Have More Sex

Still, everyone reacts to a caffeine buzz differently, so there is a chance coffee could hurt your drive. For some, caffeine exacerbates anxiety, which can dampen the mood if you can’t focus because you’re worrying about other things. On the other hand, caffeine is a stimulant, so it may give you more energy to have sex! If you suspect java is blocking your pleasure, try cutting back to see if that revs things up.

RELATED: Best and Worst Foods for Sex

Health’s medical editor, Roshini Rajapaska, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.

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Caffeine has the power to stimulate some pharmacological effects to the genital parts – the key sex areas. It makes the genital parts’ arteries to relax and then allow free and uninterrupted blood flow.

On the other hand, nitric Oxide offers crucial function before sex. It smoothens the arterial lining and keeps it slippery. In that way, platelets and white blood cells won’t patch in the lining. Patching causes artery blocking and damaging inflammation – conditions that prevent blood from flowing to the genital parts. Moreover, it also keeps the smooth muscle cells of the arteries hence preventing spasm and keeps the arteries open for smooth blood flow.

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The research also suggested that men (over 20 years) who drink two to three cups in a day are less prone to erectile dysfunction (ED).

A report published on PLOS ONE journal showed that men who consumed around 85-170 milligrams of caffeine were 42% less prone to Erectile Dysfunction. Those who ingested between 171-303 milligrams were 39% less prone to ED.

From the dailycupo.com research, it’s clear that men and women guzzle two-three cups of coffee daily and before sex thrills your partner when it comes to performance in bed.

The best type of coffee before bed

Espresso is the best type that brings you and your partner in the right moods that will raise goosebumps during sex. Reasons why Espresso is the best?

Increase women libido

Studies have found that Espresso makes women hornier. It puts them in those moods they yearn for sex. Here is how. It creates an uninterrupted flow of blood to her genitals. Therefore, science is not left behind to support the belief that women who consume coffee often increase their sex drive.

Important to know, Libido is the first and significant step to a healthy sex life. Admittedly, no one likes a sluggish, a vaguely-aroused partner- no one.

Reduces Erection Dysfunction in men

Nothing bores like a man who takes a woman to bed and can’t satisfy him. That can lead to break up or cheating. Now, here is a coffee that can increase blood flow to key sex areas.

Researches have found that people who guzzle a cup of Espresso before bed are less likely to this condition.

You may be saying soft drinks, and other fizzy drinks have caffeine too. Yes, they have. But that caffeine won’t count since those drinks are packed with thousands if not millions of chemical- sugar included. Espresso has natural caffeine that will kick your butt during sex.

Better athletes

If you accept to have sex, you are an athlete. Let me explain.
Just like any athletic game, sex requires endurance. You will need stamina, strength, and flexibility for you to perform excellently- really weird sex. So you have the idea that we are athletes in sex life.

And research shows that athletes guzzle a cup of coffee before their workouts, especially the ones that need endurance such as cycling and distance running. Remember sex needs endurance.

The sweet smell

Nothing drives a person to the right moods when you are relaxing in that nice coach than that sweet espresso aroma. Before a sweet, sweet love, a moment in bed, the espresso will trigger your feelings.

Reduces stress

Stress has been linked to reduced sex performance. Truly, stressed people can bore you.

The delicious coffee aroma reduces stress.

Makes you happy

Can you imagine having sex with a sad person? How does it look like? Awful.

Studies have shown that coffee drinkers are happier compared to non-drinkers. In contrast, sodas and other sweetened drinks act like depressants due to the added crap.

Coffee stimulates your happy glands. That’s why sex with a happy person is superior.

Boosts brain performance

Intelligent people are superb lovers. We all agree that dullards are boring.

Science has proven coffee to health brain enhancer. Espresso gives your mind a wake-up jolt and turns on your brain.

The bottom line

Espresso is a healthy drink that will not only boost your sex life but also offers you with many health benefits. Pick up a cup of espresso today before having sex, and you will appreciate the fact that it is a great drink.

Does sugar help libido?

Sugar can only temporarily help libido.

In fact, it’s not advisable to consume sugar as a stimulant for sex.

Research has proven that sugar is one of the causes of erectile dysfunction.

Sugar also affects testosterone levels in men and alters testosterone metabolism in women, which indirectly affects libido for both genders.

It would be best to cut down on sugar intake or switch to artificial sweeteners, not only for your sex drive, but also for your general health.

But, it might be hard to do (ahem!).

What’s your go-to energy drink for improved sexual performance?

Energy drinks and testosterone

Testosterone is produced by both males and females (of course a higher percentage in males) and it plays an important role in sex drive.

For males, it also helps with bone density, muscles, red blood cells and sperm production.

Consuming energy drinks can increase your testosterone levels due to the caffeine content.

Read on to find out how it affects your fertility, which is something else to consider.

Energy drinks and stamina

Studies show that 20-30 minutes of sexual activity is equivalent to a 3-mile run – but probably a lot more enjoyable!

As with training for a half-marathon, you should “train” and prepare for sexual activities too.

Stamina is important for ensuring a good night of sex with your partner. Not just during the act, but also how long it takes you to bounce back and get going again a second or third time.

In fact, post-intercourse energy decline can be a factor that results in less sexual activity in the future.

Therefore, it’s logical to seek help from stimulants like energy drinks to help boost your stamina and libido to ensure you always bring your A-game in the bedroom.

Do energy drinks improve sex duration?

Energy drinks may help to improve your overall athletic stamina, but there are a couple of important things to keep in mind:

  • If you drink an energy drink that contains sugar it may cause a sugar crash, reducing your stamina and impacting your sexual experiences
  • There is no evidence to support energy drinks helping males to last longer before ejaculating. This is a separate issue to the question of overall stamina

Overall, energy drinks are unlikely to have much of an impact on sexual duration.

Does Red Bull help you in bed?

Yes, Red Bull energy drink can potentially help you in bed.

Red Bull contains 80mg of caffeine, which is an ideal amount in my opinion that could increase your stamina and libido without giving you any side-effects.

However, Red Bull does contain a high amount of sugar, 27g along with 110 calories.

This could mean an impending sugar crash later on. It’s also generally unhealthy and might contribute to erectile dysfunction if the rest of your diet is also excessively high in sugar too.

You might want to opt for Red Bull Total Zero instead, or other energy drinks that have less sugar and calories.

Check out my post about whether it’s safe to drink Red Bull every day if you’re a regular drinker to understand what it means for your health.

Check the price of Red Bull Total Zero on Amazon.

Can we drink Red Bull before sex?

Yes, you can drink Red Bull before sex.

This may or may not improve your sexual experience, so you should probably try it and decide for yourself if it results in any improvements for you.

Some things to potentially be aware of:

  • The sugar content may cause a sugar crash at the moment you least want one
  • A belly full of fizzy energy drink may not be ideal before any cardio, including sex
  • If you’re sensitive to caffeine 80mg might cause you to feel some effects of too much caffeine – definitely not ideal before getting down to business with your partner

Monster Energy and libido

Monster Energy Drink is another energy drink that is available almost everywhere.

Monster Energy contains 179mg of caffeine, 54g of sugar and 190 calories. That’s a very high amount of everything!

If you’re able to tolerate caffeine well, the caffeine amount shouldn’t bother you. Sure, it’s not one of the strongest energy drinks, but that’s still about twice as much caffeine as I like to consume at once.

The sugar content however, should bother you, as excess sugar consumption doesn’t bode well for your sex drive.

I think that Monster Energy might be more of a hindrance than a help in the bedroom. But, try it for yourself and see how it affects your sexual performance and stamina.

If you’re wondering what the difference is between Monster and Red Bull, check out my other article where I cover all of the differences in a lot of detail.

Check the price of Monster energy on Amazon.

Does 5 hour energy help you sexually?

Whether 5 hour energy can help you sexually will vary from person to person.

5 hour energy is a concentrated shot of caffeine and other ingredients that supposedly provides instant energy.

5 hour energy doesn’t explicitly state how much caffeine it contains on its website, but according to a source, it has 215mg of caffeine per 2 fl. oz bottle.

I don’t know about you, but that amount of caffeine is pretty high, and this shot might not be the safest thing to consume before a night of passion. The high dosage of caffeine might cause you some side effects which can include raised blood pressure and palpitations.

I suggest you give it a try and see if it works for your libido or not.

Check the current price of 5 hour energy on Amazon.

Other drinks that can help with libido

• Aloe vera juice – it can potentially help with testosterone, and increases your sexual energy and libido. Other than that, it’s also good for general health.

• Watermelon juice – watermelons contain L-citrulline, a type of amino acid helps with blood flow and erections.

• Milk – this “basic” drink that might be in your fridge right now, is packed with nutrients but can give your sex drive a boost.

• Water – many overlook the fact that drinking water can help your sex drive tremendously. Being well hydrated can prevent vaginal dryness and poor blood circulation, all of which affect libido.

Do you need an energy drink to help you in bed?

Does coffee make you hornier?

Yes, apparently coffee can make you hornier, and increase your libido.

This is especially true for females, and just one cup a week can make all the difference for sexual desire.

Coffee also helps to reduce stress, which of course means better performance between the sheets due to less worries on your mind.

Can coffee kill sperm?

Yes, coffee can potentially kill sperm.

This is especially important if you’re trying to conceive.

The caffeine content in coffee, among other factors, can hurt your fertility.

Caffeine can actually destroy some healthy sperm cells.

Therefore, if you’re trying to get pregnant, consider staying away from coffee or higher doses of caffeine until you’ve completed your mission.

Energy drinks and fertility

There’s no conclusive evidence that energy drinks can reduce fertility in either men or women, but they could potentially affect sperm count in males.

This is due to the high caffeine and sugar content in many energy drinks.

Caffeine is directly proportionate to testosterone levels, but this doesn’t mean that the more caffeine you drink the better your sperm quality is, although it can help with your libido.

Too much caffeine can affect your sperm quality, by damaging the genetics and reducing pregnancy rates. The same goes with too much sugar – it can also negatively affect sperm productivity.

Therefore, it’s wise to choose an energy drink that contains a sensible amount of caffeine and has little or no sugar. Your bedroom partner will thank you for it.

If you’re planning to start a family in the near future, you should probably consult a doctor on this topic.

Do energy drinks help erectile dysfunction?

Yes, energy drinks can help with erectile dysfunction, but only as a temporary solution.

It’s possible that the caffeine from energy drinks can help with erectile dysfunction, as caffeine can stimulate the nerves to relax arteries which may result in better blood flow in the penis and a firmer erection.

However, it’s best to consult a doctor on the topic of energy drinks if ED is an issue for you.

Best energy drinks for libido

Celsius Energy Drink

Sugar: 0g

Calories: 10

Caffeine: 200-300mg

This is a good option for you if you want the high caffeine kick, as the caffeine ranges from 200 to 300mg per 12 fl.oz can, depending on which one you choose.

300mg of caffeine per can places Celsius amongst the world’s strongest energy drinks.

You’ll want to consider whether that much caffeine is right for you and think about it’s impact on your libido. Personally, I usually prefer less caffeine, but see if you think it’s right for you.

Check the latest Celsius energy drink prices on Amazon here.

Advocare Spark Energy Drink

Sugar: 0g

Calories: 15

Caffeine: 120mg

This is a mix-it-yourself energy drink powder that comes in a sachet. In a way, it’s easy for you to carry around and mix as and when you need it. Just don’t mix it with alcohol.

Advocare Spark’s caffeine content is considerably less than Celsius, which should be a better fit for you if you’re not big on caffeine.

Check the price of Advocare Spark on Amazon.

Guru Energy Drink

Sugar: 21g

Calories: 80

Caffeine: 100mg

Despite an ideal amount of caffeine, an amount that will likely help with your libido without any side effects, the sugar and calories in a can of Guru hold me back from recommending it more highly.

Too much sugar isn’t good for your sexual performances, or your general health and wellbeing.

Guru Energy Drink markets itself as “organic”, with natural ingredients like green tea extract, panax ginseng root extract, and echinacea flower.

So take what you want from this, but I think there’s a better option out there…

Check the price of Guru energy drink on Amazon.

REIZE Energy Drink (10 out of 10)

REIZE is home delivered for your convenience.

Sugar: 0g

Calories: 11

Caffeine: 50mg

REIZE is another powder-based energy drink, but in my opinion, it’s the best on the market.

I am definitely attracted to the ingredients, and the moderate amount of caffeine, 50mg, gives me confidence that I can have a fantastic night of pleasure without worrying about side effects or sugar crashes.

The caffeine works in combination with ginseng, taurine and B group vitamins to give you a perfect energy boost. Of particular relevance to sex drive, ginseng has a long history of use as an aphrodisiac in Asia.

Best of all, REIZE only costs about $1 per drink, including shipping right to your door. That’s amazing value for money and will certainly help to reduce financial stress, and you know how important it is to not be stressed in the bedroom, right guys?

Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that it’s a better partner in bed.

Last Updated on November 16, 2019

MONDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) — U.S. college students who drink caffeinated energy drinks mixed with alcohol are more likely to have casual sex, which is often risky sex, a new study finds.

Drinks such as Red Bull and vodka, and Jagerbombs (energy drinks combined with a shot of Jagermeister), rank among the best-selling mixed drinks in bars and clubs serving college-age adults, according to background information in the report.

The study, published online in the Journal of Caffeine Research, included about 650 students at a large public university. Their ages ranged from 18 to 40, but more than 60 percent of them were younger than 21.

The University at Buffalo researchers found that more than 29 percent of the sexually active participants said they had consumed alcohol mixed with energy drinks in the previous month.

During their most recent sexual encounter, about 45 percent of the participants had a casual partner, 25 percent were drunk, and 44 percent said they did not use a condom. Those who reported drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks were more likely to have casual sex and/or to be drunk during their most recent sexual encounter.

However, students who drank alcohol mixed with energy drinks were no less likely than nondrinkers to have used a condom during their most recent sexual encounter.

The findings suggest that alcohol/energy drink mixes may play a role in the “hook-up culture” that exists on many college campuses, according to study author Kathleen E. Miller, a senior research scientist at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions, in Buffalo, N.Y.

She noted that having casual sex or sex while intoxicated can lead to problems such as unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual assault and depression. Previous research has linked energy drinks with dangerous behaviors such as impaired driving, binge drinking and fighting.

“Mixing energy drinks with alcohol can lead to unintentional overdrinking, because the caffeine makes it harder to assess your own level of intoxication,” Miller said in a university news release.

She noted that energy drinks mixed with alcohol “have stronger priming effects than alcohol alone. In other words, they increase the craving for another drink, so that you end up drinking more overall.”

The research doesn’t prove that drinking energy drinks with alcohol causes drunkenness and promiscuity, Miller said. But she hopes the findings lead to safety legislation or educational campaigns.

— Robert Preidt

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