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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Seven Foods to Power Your Libido

Stay strong with these vittles for virility.

By Amy Levin-Epstein, Best Life

Healthy blood flow is the key to a strong erection, so it's natural that what prevents diabetes and stroke will also prevent erectile dysfunction. You know the drill: Fill up on fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains ... and lay off the stuff that clogs your arteries. Beyond these basics, the foods below will help keep you going strong.

1. Pomegranate juice

A study in The Journal of Urology found that pomegranate juice slashed the risk of ED in rabbits. See the bartender at the Playboy Mansion for cocktail recipes.

2. Shrimp salad

Shrimp is full of zinc, and leafy green vegetables are full of folate. Together, they can boost sperm levels. Put another one on the barbie, and turn the heat up—way up.

3. Oatmeal

Oats produce a chemical that releases testosterone into the blood supply, increasing sex drive and orgasm strength. Mix in some honey (see number six on this list) for an added boost.

4. Spinach

Spinach is a potent source of magnesium, which helps dilate blood vessels, according to Japanese researchers. That means you can count on smooth blood flow and strong erections.

5. Citrus fruits

Men who consume at least 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C a day improve their sperm counts and motility. Vitamin C also keeps sperm from clumping, so they have a better chance of reaching their destination.

6. Honey

Honey's B vitamins aid the production of testosterone, and its boron content helps the body use estrogen, which is a key factor in proper blood flow and arousal. Sweet.

7. Blueberries

The soluble fiber in blueberries ushers cholesterol through your digestive tract before it chokes your arteries. The berries also contain compounds that improve circulation for a natural Viagra-like effect.