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In recent research on menopause, diet plays an essential role in women’s health, and particularly in libido levels during this stage.
As explained in a previous article on this topic titled How to deal with libido changes during menopause? around half of women notice that their sexual desire decreases during perimenopause and menopause. Their sexual life is also affected by physical, psychological and emotional causes. And why does food become so important here? Because a good diet addresses these three types of causes at the same time.
There is a lot of information about the foods that you should NOT eat because they worsen the general symptoms of perimenopause and menopause: excess salt, sugar, coffee, spicy foods, alcohol, ultra-processed products, excess red meat, etc.
We already know what foods to avoid, but... what foods can you - and should you - consume to continue enjoying a satisfying and fulfilling sexual life? Here you have five options, which in addition to being delicious, work miracles:
Avocado: Avocados are considered a natural aphrodisiac because they are very rich in phytonutrients. They are also high in unsaturated fat and low in saturated, making them good for your heart and arteries. As the heart beats faster blood flow to all the right places, like the genitals, increases. This could make it easier for women to feel more pleasure and “get in the mood”. Also consider that thyroid problems are common among menopausal women and this can reduce sexual desire, but the potassium in avocado helps regulate this key gland. For this reason, avocado is an excellent food to help awaken libido during menopause. Also, you can eat avocado in salads, in sauces, in sandwiches and even alone.
Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate contains a variety of compounds that can help increase libido, including phenylethylamine (FEA) (now better known as the “love neurotransmitter”), which is a chemical that can help increase feelings of pleasure and happiness. It also contains theobromine and increases serotonin, which can relieve stress and anxiety. Dark chocolate also contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can help improve blood flow and overall sexual function. That's why eating a piece of dark chocolate (with at least 70% cocoa) can help improve sexual function and desire in women during menopause.
Fish: Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for general health and well-being. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and support brain function, all of which can help increase libido during menopause. Additionally, fish is a great source of protein, which can help support muscle growth and repair.
Green Tea: The catechins found in green tea are believed to help improve blood flow and circulation, which can have a positive effect on sexual function. For example, a 2012 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that postmenopausal women who consumed green tea extract for four weeks experienced improvements in sexual desire, lubrication, and satisfaction compared to a placebo group. It also contains caffeine, which can help boost energy levels. Additionally, green tea contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can help reduce stress and anxiety, two emotional, psychological, and physical factors that have a negative impact on libido.
Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds are rich in a variety of nutrients, including zinc, magnesium, and phytoestrogens, which are believed to have beneficial effects on sexual function. Zinc, in particular, is an essential mineral that plays a key role in the production of testosterone, which is an important hormone for sexual desire and arousal in both men and women. Magnesium can help reduce stress and increase relaxation, two requirements for a more satisfying sexual encounter. It is easy to incorporate them into your diet by adding them to salads or as a snack.
It is quite likely that if you eat more of these five libido-boosting foods, and eat less of the "forbidden" foods, you can enjoy a fulfilling sex life for all the years ahead. As always, it's important to talk to your doctor before making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle, especially if you have any pre-existing health problems. Finally, we suggest our Knockout Passion Combo: four products working together to increase your sexual desire at this stage of life.