No, it’s not hype. It’s science.
I gave a talk on “Manly Dieting” to the National Wellness Association at #IHRSA in LA on Culinary Medicine and Manly Dieting this week, and was overwhelmed with the response: 10% of the audience spoke with me afterwards, to ask if they could be in my beta test for men (and bring 9 other men), which we plan to run online later this year. I loved it, and plan to include them. Meanwhile:
1. Walnuts (not drive but performance).
Especially after a fatty (read salami and cheese) meal: walnuts keep your arteries from constricting in response and responding abnormally to exercise and exertion. Walnuts are also high in the amino acid arginine, which you need to make nitric oxide, to keep arteries flexible, and improve your blood flow. For more on healthy foods like this, check out our free weekly Healthy Bytes, in which I write about favorite foods, how they work, getting outside, and more.
2. Beans, legumes and seeds, especially kidney beans, peanuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
These foods are richest in arginine, an amino acid which precedes nitric oxide in the body. And nitric oxide allow vessels to dilate.
An excellent study showed that a supplement high in arginine improved female desire, satisfaction and frequency of sex, regardless of menopausal status. Note: watermelon, which generates arginine indirectly, probably only makes you pee more. Add the best citruline supplement to it, and they work together.
3. Mediterranean foods, if you have a big belly and metabolic syndrome. The diet works to help you burn belly (visceral) fat…which blocks insulin so you store more fat, squeeze your kidney and poison your liver. If you’re a guy, you should know that belly fat turns the testosterone your testes make into estrogen. And drops your ability to make muscle, get lean and strong, and other drops.
The Mediterranean diet as a whole helps women with metabolic syndrome have better sex: better overall desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, pain.
It also helps men overcome erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence. One-third of obese men with ED cure their disease after 2 years of a Mediterranean-style diet and exercise.
Dosage: It’s a meal! Three times daily.
For more on sex drive and testosterone, see my NY Times op-ed on low T.