When it comes to getting it on, there’s almost nothing worse than finding yourself deflated Opens a New Window. (you know, down there) before either of you are thoroughly satsified Opens a New Window. .
Sure, there are science-backed supplements you can take to supercharge your libido Opens a New Window. and keep you going long and strong, but there are also plenty of foods Opens a New Window. —some of which you definitely already have in your fridge—that can improve your stamina in the bedroom.
Here are six of the best foods to eat if you want to last all night.
1. Fruits and vegetables
“Plant foods Opens a New Window. are packed with nutrients and low in fat,” says Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “As a result, they help keep the arteries unclogged and help prevent both heart disease and erectile dysfunction.”
A particularly powerful pick: tomatoes. “Studies show that the tomato component lycopene, a member of the vitamin A family, helps maintain prostate health,” says Shari Lieberman, Ph.D., a nutrition scientist and exercise physiologist. Lycopene is best absorbed when tomatoes are cooked with a little oil, as in pasta sauce.
They’re high in the amino acid arginine, which is crucial to the synthesis of nitric oxide, a compound in the body involved in generating erections. What’s more, “nut oils are nowhere near as harmful as saturated fat or trans fats,” Lieberman says. “In fact, recent studies show that nuts help reduce cholesterol.”