Dr. Perricone
Foods To Get You In The Mood

When you follow an anti-inflammatory diet, you will notice dramatic improvements in how you look and feel.  What you will also discover is the anti-inflammatory diet will work wonders for your sex life. In addition, because you quickly drop unwanted body fat, you will also feel more attractive—which always help when it comes to the libido.

Healthy fats are vital to hormone production, and a healthy sex life is all about the hormones. Here is a short list of some wonderful foods that will go a long way in enhancing your sex life as well as your overall sense of happiness.

  • Coldwater Fish (wild salmon, herring, trout, anchovies, sardines) – These fish are high in omega-3 fats which increase health and sexual stamina.  Omega-3’s are critical to the brain and nervous system.  They improve mood, increase well-being, fight depression, give glowing, radiant skin and improve memory and brain power.
  • Watermelon — Watermelon is rich in l-citrulline, an amino acid that helps improve blood flow. L-citrulline supports the body in optimizing blood flow through its conversion to L-arginine and then nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is involved in vasodilatation (dilation of the blood vessels).  Low levels are associated with mental and physical fatigue and sexual dysfunction.  Like Viagra, l-citrulline increases blood flow to the sexual organs, without negative side effects.  Some experts ask “is watermelon the new Viagra?”

  • Extra Dark Chocolate — Extra dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a chemical believed to produce the feeling of "being in love.”  A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who ate chocolate every day had a more active sex life.  Eating dark chocolate stimulates production of endorphins, resulting in pleasurable feelings and reduced stress. Serotonin, an important neurotransmitter, acts as an anti-depressant and increases feeling of well-being.
  • Asparagus — Asparagus is rich in folate, a B vitamin that increases the production of histamine.  Correct levels of histamine are important for a healthy sex drive in men and women.
  • Oysters — Oysters are rich in zinc, essential for testosterone production and the maintenance of healthy sperm.  Even though women have less testosterone than men, it plays a key part in the female libido as oysters boost dopamine, a hormone which results in increased libido.
  • Blueberries – When it comes to boosting dopamine levels, blueberries rule.  Blueberries allow the body a greater ability to release dopamine, an energizing, stimulatory neurotransmitter.  Blueberries protect from the loss of dopamine cells normally seen with aging. By increasing brain energy production and maintaining youthful brain function, dopamine exerts an extremely important anti-aging effect.  Dopamine decreases as we age, blueberries become even more important as we get older.
  • Pumpkin seeds — Like oysters, pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, and good for the male prostate gland.  Zinc is important to a woman’s sex drive are also a great libido booster.  Pumpkin seeds are rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids, precursors of prostaglandins—hormone-like substances important for sexual health.
  • Garlic —Garlic contains allicin, which increases blood flow to the sexual organs.  Some experts believe that garlic is a very powerful aphrodisiac—but it doesn’t work overnight.  Take capsules or eat daily for a month to reap benefits.
  • Avocado—Avocados are rich in folic acid for increased energy product and healthy fats to improve mood and sense of well-being.  
  • Peanuts—The amino acid L-Arginine, present in peanuts, improves male sexual function.  L-arginine is used to make nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels which may help with erectile dysfunction.