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What to eat to heat up your sex life

It's no myth - there are five nutrients in particular that have been scientifically proven to enhance your sex life.

The keys to revving up romance and sexual performance include improving your blood circulation, your ability to experience pleasure and your drive, says American Heart Association Fellow, Board certified physician, nutritionist, longevity researcher, and award-winning educator Steven Masley, MD, CNS, author of THE 30-DAY HEART TUNE-UP: A Breakthrough Medical Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Hachette Book Group; Feb. 2014).

Whether on Valentine's Day or any night you want to turn up the heat, Dr. Masley says the top 5 ingredients to enhance the romance include:

#1: Nitrates: No, not the chemical in luncheon meats and hot dogs (those are nitrites). Your body uses them to make nitric oxide, the master compound that regulates the function of your arteries. If you increase nitric oxide levels, your arteries will dilate, your blood vessel function will improve, and along with it, you will enhance your athletic, sexual, and blood vessel performance. When men consume foods with “good nitrates” they have better romantic performance. When women eat these foods, they feel more aroused and receptive. Foods that are rich in nitrates include:

・ Beets

・ Cooked spinach (You need at least one cup of cooked spinach to make a difference. Raw spinach is mostly water. It takes 7.5 cups of raw spinach to equal 1 cup of cooked spinach)

Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and rapture, recommended beets as an aphrodisiac, by the way.

#2: Arginine: another compound the body uses to make nitric oxide. Clinical studies have shown than arginine improves romantic and sexual function. Increase arginine, and you will increase blood flow for men and women.

Foods that are rich in arginine include:

・ Oysters

・ All shellfish (shrimp, lobster, crab)

・ Turkey breast

#3: Tyrosine: To make dopamine, you require a couple nutrients and the most important is an amino acid called tyrosine.

Foods that are rich in tyrosine include:

・ Shrimp

・ Lobster

・ Caviar

・ Turkey breast

・ Soy protein

#4: Endorphin precursors: a variety of foods including salmon, vanilla, and bananas have been reported to increase endorphin production, but by far the top rated is:

・ Dark chocolate. We are not talking milk chocolate; the chocolate has to have at least 70% cocoa mass to qualify.

#5: Zinc: foods that enhance adrenal function stimulate sex drive and libido. To have drive, you need good adrenal function, and in particular you need zinc.

Food rich in zinc include:

・ Oysters

・ Dark chocolate