Low sex drive? Forget Viagra, these foods will put you in the mood

Oats, beetroot and pistachios are just some of the things that will help rev up your sex drive


If you're looking for a little boost that doesn't come in a little blue pill, these libido-enhancing foods may help to rev-up your sex drive.

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As well as helping to lower levels of bad cholesterol, which is particularly important as you get older, oats are good for boosting a man's testosterone levels. Oysters, which are rich in zinc, will have a similar effect - though we don't recommend eating a bowl of them for breakfast!

Beetroot is packed with nitrates that help to boost blood flow, and have a Viagra-like effect on the body. Try grating beetroot and adding to salads or buy them boiled and ready to eat.

Spinach is high in magnesium, a mineral that decreases inflammation in blood vessels and increases blood flow to the nether regions. Eaten raw, spinach contains co-enzyme Q10, which improves sperm mobility according to a study in the journal of Fertility and Sterility - good news if you're trying for a baby.

Make sure to add tomatoes to your diet. As well as helping to lower the risk of prostate cancer, tomatoes contain nutrients that can help to boost your testosterone levels. Studies suggest that the garden vegetable could also improve the shape of a man's sperm.

Pistachios (along with peanuts and walnuts) contain L-arginine, which boosts the body's production of nitric oxide, a chemical that relaxes and dilates blood vessels, providing a better and more consistent flow of blood to the penis, thereby helping to achieve and maintain an erection.

Watermelon contains a host of libido-boosting phytonutrients, including lycopene and the amino acid citrulline, which helps to relax blood vessels and improve blood flow, which in turn improves arousal and performance.