The Ultimate Smoothie for Boosting Your Sex Drive

A shake a day keeps the Viagra away.

Back when Eddie Murphy was funny, he told Nick Nolte in 48 Hours, "My dick gets hard if the wind blows." Of course, that was in 1982, when a stiff breeze was all it took for most of us. If you're in your forties, however, there's no guarantee you'll be able to stand at attention on command every time. While the best method to prolong your sex drive is to eat right, exercise, and control stress, one expert has added another step: Get out the blender.

Ridwan Shabsigh, M.D., professor of clinical urology at Cornell and the chairman of surgery at SBH Health System, says you can stir up your sex life—and shiver her timbers—with a smoothie that's also an aphrodisiac. "I call it the sex shake," says Dr. Shabsigh. The recipe is in his book, Sensational Sex in 7 Easy Steps, and it's based on research that suggests certain basic nutrients—available in liquid or powder form at health-food stores—can help maintain potency.

Zinc, an antioxidant, improves your lipid profile and blood circulation, which is crucial to erectile function. It may be especially important for testosterone and sperm production, and it's vital for the functioning of proteins, enzymes, and hormones. Because heavy alcohol use depletes zinc, it's critical for those who drink regularly. Gingerroot supports your cardiovascular system—crucial to every erection. (The best way to get it is simply to grate it from a piece of gingerroot.) Ginseng helps in the production of nitric oxide, which is essential for smooth-muscle relaxation and erectile function. Selenium is key to fertility; you need it to produce sperm. Choline bitartrate and phosphatidylcholine are nutrients that help sustain memory function and ejaculate volume.

As for the flavor, well, this is no Butterfinger Blizzard. But its aftertaste is a lot more intriguing. Straight from the book, here's the exact recipe. And for more ways to up your sex drive, check out the 10 best everyday virility boosters for men.

12 to 16 oz. skim milk

1/4 tsp. zinc sulfate (1/4 tsp. = 50 mg)

1 tsp. grated gingerroot

12 drops ginseng tincture

1 drop (50 mcg) selenium

4 strawberries or 1/2 banana (optional)

1 tsp. choline bitartrate powder (or 1 Tbsp. phosphati­dylcholine powder)

Place all ingredients in blender. Add two or three ice cubes. Blend for 30 seconds.

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