10 Foods for a Better Sex Life



The mighty oyster is one sexy mollusk.
The mighty oyster is one sexy mollusk.
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When talking about libido-boosting foods, it's hard not to mention oysters, the flagship aphrodisiac. While part of oysters' reputation can be attributed to the placebo effect, the mollusk -- especially in raw form -- is one of the best sources for minerals you need to stay in peak form in bed. Oysters are powerful mineral supplements: 1 ounce of raw Atlantic oysters contains 10 percent of your daily value of iron and 91 percent of the B12 your body needs [source: NutritionData]. Moreover, they contain 170 percent of your daily value for zinc -- some of the highest zinc content of any natural food. Oysters are also a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin D, manganese, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

While women are certain to benefit from a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, the zinc in oysters deserves a special mention for men. Aside from being good for sore throats, zinc has been linked to the regulation of testosterone levels in men and is a key nutrient in sexual health. It's the most important trace mineral for male sexual performance, especially vital for regulating testosterone levels and producing sperm. Every time a man ejaculates, about 5 milligrams of zinc are lost, so zinc deficiencies are common in males.