Love Potions

August 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Every man gets a little nervous when he’s with a new partner, and that nervousness can, well, you know. A plateful of eggs in the morning can help because they’re high in B vitamins, nutrients that help reduce anxiety—and get depleted during high-stress times. The B vitamins have also been shown to help keep libido high.
It turns out real men should eat quiche. The eggs and milk make it high in protein, which helps control SHBG—a substance that makes it harder for your body to use testosterone and arginine. Arginine is an amino acid that improves the flow of blood to the penis and may improve sexual stamina for both men and women. Go ahead and add some asparagus and potatoes to the quiche: They contain magnesium and potassium, minerals that help prevent an ill-timed charley horse from putting a damper on your fun.
Fuel for Love // Seared liver with crispy ham (© Tony Robins/ Fresh Food Images/Photolibrary)
It doesn’t sound sexy, but ounce for ounce, there are few better sources of fertility-boosting vitamin A than liver. Studies show that men who get plenty of A each day have higher sperm counts and perform better sexually than men who don’t. Liver is also an excellent source of zinc. Your body expels 5 milligrams of zinc—a third of your daily requirement—every time you ejaculate, so a single amorous weekend could leave your body’s zinc reserves on empty.
Fuel for Love // Cinnamon (© Andy Stewart/Fresh Food Images/Photolibrary)

Researchers at Chicago’s Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation noted an increased number of erections in men who sniffed the spice.

Fuel for Love // Orange slice and juice (© Tetra Images/Jupiterimages)
Orange juice
If you don’t have enough beneficial HDL cholesterol scouring your arteries, even low amounts of harmful LDL can form blockages that could reduce your ability to have erections. The higher the HDL, the better. Once you get more than 60 milligrams per deciliter of blood, it can help protect your heart as well. One of the best ways to boost HDL is to drink at least three glasses of OJ a week—along with running or fast-walking at least 7 miles a week and dropping at least 10 pounds if you’re overweight.

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