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5 foods that lower your libido

  • Published at 10:33 am May 2nd, 2013
5 foods that lower your libido

Some foods that you eat regularly could be affecting your levels of sexual desire. Here’s what to avoid if you’re planning a steamy evening, suggested Dr Fuad Shaheed.

Liquorice

This sugary plant is often used to make candies as well as some herbal teas and other beverages. The liquorice plant contains phytoestrogens and has been shown to affect the endocrine system. Consumption of liquorice has been linked to lower levels oftestosterone, a hormone present in both men and women that strengthens sexual desire.

Soy

Soy beans are very rich in a number of nutrients including protein and vitamins A and B. They can be found in various forms: soy milk, tofu, tempeh, natto, miso, shoyu and tamari, as well as in many processed foods. Eaten in excessive quantity, soy can also lower testosterone levels.

Mint

Mint is one of the most well-known medicinal plants. It benefits the digestive system and has antiseptic, tonic and stimulating properties. But it can also have repercussions for the libido. Brush your teeth rather than eating a breath mint!

Quinine

Quinine, used as a flavouring agent in tonic water and some other beverages, is naturally derived from the bark of the cinchona tree and has been used for centuries for its anti-malarial properties. Unfortunately, it has also been linked to sexual function, so think twice before overdoing the gin and tonics.

Corn Flakes

If you’re planning breakfast in bed, avoid corn flakes. Developed by Seventh-Day Adventists including Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the breakfast cereal was intended as part of a bland diet that would lower people’s sex drives. Try adding one of these natural aphrodisiacs to your morning meal instead.