Some foods that you eat regularly could be affecting your levels of sexual desire. Here’s five foods that that lower a man’s libido.
If you’re planning breakfast in bed, you might want to reconsider eating corn flakes. According to a 2015 post by mentalfloss.com, this morning staple was developed by Seventh-Day Adventists. The news site suggests that the breakfast cereal might have been intended as part of a bland diet that could lower people’s sex drives.
This sugary plant is often used to make candies as well as some herbal teas and other beverages. The liquorice plant contains phytoestrogens and has been shown to affect the endocrine system. Consumption of liquorice has been linked to lower levels of testosterone, a hormone present in both men and women that strengthens sexual desire.
Soy beans are very rich in a number of nutrients including protein and vitamins A and B. They can be found in various forms: soy milk, tofu, tempeh, natto, miso, shoyu and tamari, as well as in many processed foods. Eaten in excessive quantity, soy can also lower testosterone levels.
Mint is one of the most well-known medicinal plants. It benefits the digestive system and has antiseptic, tonic and stimulating properties. But it can also have repercussions for the libido. Brush your teeth rather than eating a breath mint!
Quinine, used as a flavouring agent in tonic water and some other beverages, is naturally derived from the bark of the cinchona tree and has been used for centuries for its anti-malarial properties. Unfortunately, it has also been linked to sexual function, so think twice before overdoing the gin and tonics.