Basics Print 10 Best Foods for Your Sex Life By Shereen Lehman, MS Updated July 17, 2019 Product Disclosure Medically reviewed by a board-certified physician More in Basics Hot Topics Food Safety Eating nutritious foods with lots of nutrients and antioxidants can help you feel (and look) more vibrant by keeping your skin and hair healthy. And eating a healthy diet helps keep your body strong and fit. Start with the basics—eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources, low-fat dairy, whole grains and beneficial fats. And it doesn't hurt to know how many calories you need every day. Then nibble on these ten sexy superfoods, which are extra high in nutrients needed for sexual health. 1 Dark Chocoloate Stepan Popov/Getty Images You may believe that eating chocolate improves your mood. Research isn't clear on that, but dark chocolate may have a little superpower. The phytochemicals in dark chocolate could possibly improve blood flow to all the parts of your body, including the brain and the sex organs, which is an important component of arousal. Tip: Enjoy one ounce of dark chocolate (not Dutch-processed) every night. 2 Oysters Dapan Photography / Moment / Getty Images Legendary aphrodisiacs, oysters live up to their sexy reputation. They're rich in zinc, a mineral that's important for male sexual health, testosterone levels and sperm production. Zinc is also important for healthy hair and for your senses of taste and smell. Tip: Enjoy raw or cooked oysters as an appetizer. If you don't like oysters, you can get your zinc from beef, pork or lamb. 10 Aphrodisiacs That Are Healthy Foods 3 Citrus Fruits Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman Citrus fruits contain lots of vitamin C. Eating an orange gives you all the vitamin C your body needs for a day, plus it helps to increase absorption of iron from vegetables and legumes that your body needs for energy. Vitamin C also helps keep your skin beautiful by keeping the connective tissue under the skin strong, slowing down the formation of wrinkles. Tip: Eat an orange every day as a healthy snack or drink orange juice with meals. And perhaps hand-feed a few slices to your significant other? 4 Yogurt Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman Dairy products are rich in vitamin A, which is essential for beautiful skin, and calcium for strong bones and healthy hair. Plus people who consume dairy products every day seem to have less difficulty maintaining a healthy weight. Yogurt has all the benefits of milk plus friendly bacteria to help keep your digestive system working optimally. Tip: Enjoy some plain Greek yogurt mixed with fresh blueberries, chopped nuts, and a little honey for additional vitamins, protein, and antioxidants. 5 Berries Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman The beautiful pigments that give berries their color also contain phytochemicals that work as antioxidants to protect your skin, which may help you age more gracefully. Blueberries and cranberry juice may also help prevent bladder infections. Berries are also low in calories and rich in vitamin C and potassium. Tip: Make a fruit smoothie with a banana, plain yogurt, frozen blueberries, sliced strawberries, and a splash of cranberry juice. Or dip a few fresh strawberries in dark chocolate for a romantic treat. 6 Salmon Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman Salmon contains essential fats and protein that are essential for healthy skin and hair. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc protect your skin from getting dry by keeping moisture in the skin cells. The beneficial fats in salmon may also be good for muscle and nerve function. Tip: Date night? Head out for salmon sashimi at a romantic sushi restaurant or grill a salmon steak at home. Not into salmon? Tuna is an excellent choice, as well. 17 Foods That Are Good for Your Skin 7 Black Beans Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman Legumes contain protein, iron, and zinc. Black beans are a good source of biotin, a B vitamin that's important for healthy skin and hair. They're also rich in fiber, which can help you stay slim and keep your digestive system functioning properly. Tip: Serve black beans as a side dish with dinner. 8 Walnuts Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman Walnuts contain polyunsaturated fats, and they're also rich in alpha-linolenic acid, the plant version of omega-3 fatty acids. They're also an excellent source of protein and eating just a few walnuts helps to keep you feeling satisfied between meals. Some research studies have suggested that the phytochemicals in walnuts help keep prostates healthy in older men. Tip: Eat a handful of walnuts with a fresh piece of fruit for an afternoon snack. 9 Tomatoes Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and a phytochemical called lycopene, a relative of vitamin A that helps promote prostate health. Lycopene is thought to protect skin from sun damage and getting adequate amounts of lycopene may keep your skin smooth and supple. Tip: Eat fresh raw tomatoes or make tomato bisque and serve it with a green salad and crusty whole-grain bread. 10 Water Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman Although water isn't technically a nutrient, it's essential for your health—your body is basically made of water. Not only is water good for your optimal function of every organ system, but it's also essential for smooth, healthy skin. Tip: Drink water with a slice of lemon or lime instead of sugary soft drinks. 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