I wrote an article entitled, “Two watermelons cannot be held under one arm” on June 15th. One paragraph in this article generated more buzz and emails than any other article I’ve written to date, with multiple questions driven from one topic. Mainly regarding arginine and citrulline, which are minerals found in watermelon. Let me refresh your memory.
Paraphrasing my article, I stated,”High in electrolytes and potassium, watermelon is also a good source of Vitamin B1 and B6 and also magnesium. Watermelon has the highest concentration of water – over 90%. Besides the source of water, it has a special cooling effect and is exceptionally high in citrulline, an essential amino acid that your body needs to make another amino acid, arginine, which is used in conjuction to remove ammonia from your body. The citrulline has an extra benefit which has just been discovered – it also has the power to do what Viagra does, by boosting nitric oxide through the arginine in the melon and thus the ability to relax certain blood vessels in the body.”
Yes. That is the paragraph that sent dozens of emails my way. And the majority of the questions were, “What do I add to my diet (besides watermelon) that will boost my sex drive and/or fertility?”
Ready? Let’s start from the basics. What you don’t know, is that in the remainder of this article, I will answer at least sixteen of the questions.
Foods high in arginine and citrulline will improve your sex life. It can contribute to prolonged arousal. Besides watermelon, which opened up this Pandora’s Box – raw almonds, walnuts, cod, halibut and Omega-3 eggs are among these foods. An added benefit to fish in your diet: the Omega 3 fatty aids, which can improve cardiovascular health, lower triglycerides and may increase dopamine production and reduce the risk for depression – all pluses for the libido.
“Old School” foods we’ve read about that increase libido as well? Prunes, ginseng, onions, garlic, carrots and artichokes, and the very famous oyster.
There are a plethora of other vitamins and minerals though, that will increase sexual drive. Here are the potent EIGHT:
First, Vitamin A which maintains the epithelial tissues which line all the external and internal surfaces of the body. Mainly the reproductive organs and vagina are the ones in question. (I still wonder if my kids read this.) Liver, eggs, cheese, butter and carrots are the best source for this property of Vitamin A.
Second, the B Vitamins. Deficiencies of B2 and B6 and folic acid have been linked with infertility. Chicken, fish, peanuts and bananas provide an abundance of B2 and B6. Spinach, oranges, cabbage and broccoli are your best bet to keep folic acid levels high and avoid deficiencies.
Third, and my favorite of the vitamins is Vitamin C. It may be helpful in boosting fertility in men. Just 1000 milligrams a day can decrease abnormalities. All fruits and vegetables, and especially now with the seasonal ones: strawberries, peaches, peppers and citrus fruit contain high concentrations of Vitamin C. These should be eaten in abundance. Abundance!
Fourth, Vitamin E from nuts, seeds and avocados regulate the production of cervical mucus. From a fertility standpoint, Vitamin E is an extremely important supplement, either from nutritious foods or from a vitamin enhanced supplement.
And one of the most powerful sexual enhancers, Zinc. Zinc is one of the key nutrients in enhancing libido and production of sperm. Low levels of zinc have been linked with poor libido in women and a low sperm count in men. Zinc is found in shellfish (yes, oysters), green vegetables, red meat and turkey. The reason oysters are an aphrodisiac is because of the high quantity of zinc.
Sixth is manganese. The female hormone oestrogen depends on manganese. Spinach, tea, pineapple and nuts are the best sources of manganese.
Another great source and stimulant, and a “top runner” at number seven (and my favorite) is dark chocolate. Studies have shown that those who consume at least one cube of chocolate daily reported greater desire and better overall sexual function than individuals who abstained. High flavonoid chocolate consumption has been linked to improved circulation. More chocolate equals better sex? Best bet on organic chocolate: Organic Species Dark Chocolate (with blueberries), in my humble opinion.
And finally, the antioxidents. They keep your cells healthy by mopping up free radicals – the molecules that wreak havoc on the body in a process called oxidation. These high antioxident foods include tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries, red peppers, blueberries, spinach, beets and red grapes.
Time to drop the watermelon, grab your car keys, and head to the store. And tonight? CHEERS to better… nutrition. <wink>