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Sexual woes? Eat libido foods!

health-and-fitness Updated: May 01, 2007 14:01 IST

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Here's good news for women suffering from sexual dysfunction - a few simple dietary changes could improve their sex drive, say researchers.

Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) includes a variety of disorders that are related to desire for sex, arousal during sexual activity, problems with orgasm or pain during sexual activity.

It can wreak havoc in even the most loving relationships. It is also an extremely complex problem with a variety of possible causes, including illness, menopause, weight gain, poor nutrition, stress and psychological factors.

While manufacturers are locked in a race to find a chemical solution, a new, scientifically proven diet from the US suggests that a combination of fish oils, dark chocolate and controlling carbohydrate intake may be all that's needed, reported the online edition of Daily Mail.

In her book "The Orgasmic Diet", author Marrena Lindberg has created a programme that she says not only boosts the sex drive, but aids weight loss, too. Four simple steps, which Marrena says, will help bring back libido in days.

She advises women suffering from sexual dysfunction to boost their intake of fish oils, control serotonin levels and increase testosterone and eat libido foods.

Fish oil has a chemical - dopamine - that could bring in a feel-good factor. The chemical is associated with the emotions of anticipation and desire.

Boosting dopamine levels in the brain has shown to be incredibly successful at treating sexual dysfunction - and several dopamine drugs to treat FSD are in early clinical trials.

Seratonin is another important brain chemical. It enhances alertness, improves mood and makes people feel cheerful. High levels of seratonin help us to handle stress, regulate appetite and give us energy. Avoiding caffeine and other stimulants, such as cigarettes and sugary, starchy foods, will help keep your seratonin at the right level to boost libido, she said.