foods for sexual health

According to Ayurveda, sex is one of the three main pillars of health after food and sleep. Apart from playing an important role in solidifying the relationship between two individuals, sex is also important for your overall health and wellness.

However, low sexual health is one of the most common health issues many people face today. People who recovered from COVID-19 seem to have low sexual health and libido as one of the aftereffects. Food habits, lifestyle, stress and other associated factors can also affect your sexual health.

Discussing about sexual health or visiting a doctor is often considered shameful though it is as important as your physical and mental health. So most probably, you will look forward to having supplements to boost libido.

However, Ayurveda gives you a better choice. Instead of running behind supplements, try having food that enhances digestion (Agni) so that your body will be able to absorb all the nutrients from the food itself.

You can try these foods to help improve libido and sexual health.



Consuming pomegranate on a daily basis helps improve libido and the quality of reproductive fluids. It is a great food option for women who are trying to conceive because consuming pomegranate helps thicken the uterine lining and improves blood flow to the uterus. Polyphenols present in the fruit also relax blood vessels and improve blood flow to the brain and heart.


Barley Soup

Ayurveda suggests barley soup to be one of the best dinner options for the fact that it is packed with nutrients and is easy to digest. Another health benefit it offers is that the soup helps boost blood circulation to genital organs and also helps in better erection in men. Barley has nitric oxide and arginine – the compounds that help improve erection.



Dates are a natural food that helps improve male sexual health and fertility. Consuming dates helps improve sperm quality and count. As it is a natural stimulant, dates help cure sexual health related issues.


Black gram soup with ghee and rock sugar

Caraka Samhita, the ancient Sanskrit text on Ayurveda suggests a medicinal recipe of black gram soup made with ghee and rock sugar to help improve libido. Black gram helps improve sperm count and motility. However, this food is not recommended for people with excessive heat in their body (high pitta people).



Moringa is packed with nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, proteins and amino acids to name a few and offers many benefits, with regard to sexual health. Ayurveda mentions moringa as Shukrakrit Param, as it is the best food for improving sperm and ovum quality. Consuming moringa leaves and drumsticks improve your fertility and better your chances of conceiving.

When it comes to nurturing your sexual health, the key is to make smart choices in your diet. Incorporating the above-mentioned  foods for sexual health recommended by Ayurveda help improve your libido. 

You can join my six-month conception program or men’s health program for the treatment of issues related to sexual health and fertility by booking a consultation with me.

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