5 Vitamins & Minerals to Boost Your Libido

Sexual Wellness

Has your between-the-sheets action been suffering because of your low sex drive? Well, a dip in sexual desire in women could be due to a number of reasons. Studies have shown that birth control pills lower testosterone (although not necessarily libido) in some women. Besides, this other libido-killing factors include depression, stress, anxiety and some prescription drugs for depression, hypertension and allergies. Sometimes, pre-menopausal women also report a dip in their sex drive due to lower oestrogen levels. Adding some of these vitamins and minerals to your diet could help up your sexual mojo.

Vitamin E
Also called the ‘sex vitamin,’ vitamin E not just pumps your nether regions with blood and oxygen, it also regulates your sex hormones so that your libido gets a boost. Its anti-ageing properties keep you looking sexy and feeling energetic. Get your vitamin E from walnuts, egg yolk, sweet potato, spinach, asparagus, chickpeas, chestnuts, broccoli, tomatoes and wholegrain breads.

Vitamin A
It’s important to have adequate levels of vitamin A for female sex hormone production and regular reproductive cycles. Eat apricots, cabbage, carrot, chillies, greens, grapefruit, lettuce, mango, peppers, spinach, sweet potato, tomato, and watermelon, that are all rich in the vitamin.

The mineral helps in the production of sex hormones like androgen and oestrogen that affect your libido. Studies have shown that taking supplements of this mineral can up your libido. If anxiety is stopping you from getting an orgasm, this mineral could help as it has calming and relaxing properties. Magnesium is found in rice, wheat, oat bran, dried coriander, dill, sage, basil, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds, cocoa powder, flax seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews and molasses.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps synthesise sex and fertility hormones like androgen, estrogen and progesterone and it also helps you get aroused. Vitamin C is an immunity booster and keeps your joints smooth and pain-free. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, and sweet and chilli peppers.

Vitamin B6 and B3
The intake of Vitamin B6 is very important for women, especially those who are pre-menopausal. Vitamin B6 regulates the sex hormones and ups your libido by controlling raised levels of prolactin and regulating the production of oestrogen, testosterone, red blood cells, serotonin, and dopamine. Bananas, avocados, baked potatoes, cottage cheese, and tomatoes will give you healthy dose of Vitamin B6.
Vitamin B3 or niacin, is key for orgasms as it helps blood flow easier and faster. It also helps the adrenal glands produce sex hormones. Vitamin B3 is available in brown rice, whole wheat bread, peanuts, and sun-dried tomatoes.