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Foods that improve your sexual health

When it comes to maintaining your sexual health, experts agree that a healthy diet is essential.

"Essentially, what's good for your heart is good for better sex," Steven Lamm, M.D., author and faculty member at New York School of Medicine, told Men's Health.

While it's important to remember that eating a healthy diet won't protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, consuming certain foods can improve your sexual desire and performance.

Think green
Individuals who want to maximize their sexual health may want to spend some extra time perusing the produce aisle at their local grocery store. Green vegetables, such as spinach, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts, are chock-full of vitamins and minerals that support a healthy sex life.

According to The Washington Times, kale is high in vitamin C, which is essential for blood flow. Additionally, the leafy green vegetable contains more than 300 percent the daily recommendation for vitamin A, which is favorable to vaginal and urinary tract health. It also contains manganese, magnesium and iron, which are all known to support sexual health.

Avocados may also help people of all ages maintain better health both in and out of the bedroom. According to Health magazine, they are high in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat, making them advantageous for the heart as well as the flow of blood through the body.

Powerful fruits
Certain fruits are also known to help boost sexual health. According to Men's Health, men who want to optimize their sperm count may consider adding more vitamin C into their diets. Fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, strawberries and peaches all contain high levels of the vitamin.

Watermelon also contains high levels of vitamin C and is known to be especially beneficial for men looking to boost their sexual health. According to The Washington Times, the summertime favorite contains a phytonutrient called citrulline, which helps boost nitric oxide and relax blood vessels. This makes watermelon helpful for those with erectile dysfunction problems and can act as an alternative to medical intervention.

Health experts often recommend nuts as a great everyday snack, but now they may also suggest them for people who want to improve their sexual health. Peanuts and other tree nuts contain healthy fats as well as vitamins and minerals that support sexual health.

Almonds, for instance, are high in selenium, vitamin E and zinc, which is a known libido booster, according to Health magazine.

Wine may not only lower sexual inhibitions, as it is also proven to be beneficial for the heart and arteries. This makes it good in moderation for sexual health.

Unsweetened green and black tea - hot or iced - are other drinks that are beneficial. These beverages contain antioxidants that can boost mood and overall health.