Newsflash: Vegans actually have higher sex drives, and research shows that they may be better in bed. Plant-based diets can help to unclog arteries from the fatty deposits caused by meat and dairy — increased blood flow will inevitably help with sexual activity, affecting men especially.
Plant-based foods are heavy in zinc and vitamins B, which can increase libido — bananas, chickpeas and, avocados, in particular, are good for this. Going vegan can also increase serotonin levels, which can both boost sex drive and increase happiness. Serotonin levels are also linked with oxytocin levels, the “love hormone” that creates stronger feelings of intimacy and affection.
At least one study shows that the body odor of men who gave up red meat for two weeks was more attractive to women than the body odor of red-meat eating men.
And while we don’t have science to prove it, anecdotally we know that vegan bodily fluids also taste better. Another great reason to eat a whole-food plant-based diet! Some studies also show that plant-based diets can help with erectile dysfunction.
Some plant based aphrodisiacs that are known to increase sex drive include:
1 – Avocados: These nutrient-packed fruits “boast [a] famous feminine shape and are high in omega-3 fatty acids and potassium, as well as vitamin B6, which is known to increase male hormone production.”
2 – Pistachios: When it comes to the effects of pistachios on sexual health, a small study found that these tasty, healthy fat-filled nuts “may also help reduce symptoms of erectile dysfunction,” by increasing the flow of blood to sexual organs.
3 – Strawberries: When it comes to its actual aphrodisiac effects, look to the vitamin C. This vitamin not only boosts the immune system and helps stave off common colds, but it’s known to “keep blood flowing to all regions of the body.” Strawberries also contain “ingredients important to sex hormone production” and aid in your overall health.
4 – Saffron: Along with being a natural aphrodisiac, saffron is “often used as an alternative remedy to help treat depression, reduce stress and enhance mood.” In various studies, saffron has been found to improve erectile dysfunction in men and boost arousal and lubrication in women.
5 – Chocolate: chocolate is full of compounds including anandaminde, a psychoactive feel-good chemical, and phenylethylamine, a chemical that releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain and produces feelings of excitement and happiness.