There are certain things you definitely don’t want to last very long like dentist appointments, visits with the in-laws, and hangovers. But something that would never top that list is sex. When you hit the sheets with your partner or a new flame, the last thing you want is to finish too soon.
Although no one wants to be a minuteman, research shows that you don’t have to go all night to please your partner either. There are some simple foods that can help you achieve that and are all natural. Below are seven foods that boost lovemaking endurance.
An apple a day doesn’t just keep the doctor away; it may also help to extend your sexual stamina. It’s all thanks to apples’ high levels of quercetin, an antioxidant flavonoid that has been found to play a role in improving endurance. And since your body goes through many of the same physical changes during sex as it does during exercise—elevated heart rate, increased metabolism, burned calories, and muscle contractions—you can equate endurance with extending your time in bed.
Watermelon is one of the richest natural sources of L-citrulline, an amino acid that can help make your erection harder. That’s because L-citrulline converts to L-arginine once it’s in the body. Like that little blue pill, L-arginine stimulates the production of nitric oxide, which increases blood flow to the penis, strengthening erections.
Ginger is another food that can improve your sex life by aiding blood flow and improving artery health. According to a study in the International Journal of Cardiology, consuming a mere teaspoon of the stuff a few times a week is all you need to reap the heart-healthy benefits. So, go ahead and place that second order of sushi this week—just don’t leave the ginger on your plate.
This sexual innuendo may be able to help you go go go! That’s because this tropical fruit is full of simple carbs to provide you with energy and potassium to help you keep going. The muscle-relaxing mineral prevents cramps and muscle spasms that may impede your sexy time.
Your anxiety about getting between-the-sheets could be elevating levels of stress which plummet libido and could get in the way of a longer sex session. A lack of B-vitamins nutrients that keep nerves and brain cells healthy could also be exaggerating your stress even further. Feast on some guac. Not only are avocados rich in stress-relieving B vitamins, but they’re also a source of mono-saturated fat, which has been shown to aid blood flow to the entire body including the penis.
The popular breakfast cereal is a good source of l-arginine, an amino acid commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction. Plus, whole grains like oatmeal also help lower cholesterol levels. Having high cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, a condition that clogs and narrows arteries, impairing blood flow. This could eventually lead to heart problems, but you will likely notice issues below the belt first. The arteries surrounding the genital area are narrower than coronary blood vessels, so they’re more susceptible to clots. Note that the better your cholesterol levels, the better your erection will be too.
Experts estimate that stress and performance anxiety account for up to 20 percent of all erection problems. Rather than letting you and your partner down because you’re down in the dumps, consider eating foods that can counteract stress—like dark chocolate.
Culled from Eat This, Not That!