What to eat to help with loss of libido

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Foods to fuel your passion
Hot Flush
believe in the power of food to help you along this bumpy menopausal road. 

  • Phytoestrogenic plant compounds that mimic the effect of oestrogen may help. Eat more: Linseed, edamame beans, tofu, tempeh and soy milk contain 
  • Zinc-rich oysters, kidney beans, lean red meat and liver. Zinc plays a part in producing sex drive boosting testosterone.   
  • Magnesium - Kale, rocket, Swiss chard, almonds and seeds are good sources of magnesium, which works alongside zinc to increase sex drive.
  • Protein and amino acids Eat more: oily fish, eggs, nuts, dairy products, beetroot and bananas. Are natural dopamine-boosting foods to help lift levels in your brain, treat your flagging libido and help increase blood flow to your sexual organs. Find it in our old favourite SMASH - salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and halibut. Snack on pumpkin, chia and sesame seeds, walnuts and, well, just about all nuts.
  • Chillies help release feel good endorphins, speed up your metabolism and increase blood flow to the parts that matter!
  • Dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa) may help increase levels of the pleasure chemical dopamine in the brain, lifting your mood, helping you to relax and improving your body’s reaction to stimulation. 
  • Pomegranate: linked with the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, it may lower cortisol levels and increase testosterone. Sprinkle seeds onto cereal, salads, mix with a fruit salad or drink juice daily.
  • Saffron:  Savvy, wealthy Romans sprinkled saffron on their marriage beds as it contains picrocrocin, a chemical that helps your body become more sensitive to touch.
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Laura Llewellyn