Fall Foods to Get You in the Mood

Forget oysters. It’s autumn, and the folks at Care2 are pitching seasonal fruits and vegetable that are good for a healthy sex life. Take pumpkin seeds. They’re packed with zinc, and zinc pumps up the female sex drive. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which promote a healthy libido. Sweet potatoes are loaded with potassium, right? Well, potassium fights high blood pressure — and high blood pressure is linked to erectile dysfunction in men. Pomegranates are also worth picking up, next time you’re browsing the produce section. One glass of fresh pomegranate juice a day is supposed to help fight erectile dysfunction. Brussels sprouts contain indole-3-carbinol, a compound that reduces estrogen levels, thereby boosting libido in men. Apples contain quercetin, a flavonoid that helps to prevent prostate and prostate cancer cell growth. And then, of course, you’ve got your ever-useful cranberries. Many women drink a glass of cranberry juice every day to help ward off urinary tract infections after sex. However, cranberry juice is also good for men. It’s rich in vitamin B, which promotes hormone balance, and vitamin C, which is linked to healthy sperm function. — Ralph Raffio