Whether you’re doing the deed, making babies, bumping uglies, boinking, shagging or whatever it is the kids are calling it these days, sex is a normal and healthy part of the human experience and something that we do quite a lot of.
But where do energy drinks fit into the topic of human copulation? Well, this is what we’ll be covering for this article, plus a few brand recommendations that will surely help you get it on for a hot and steamy night with your significant other.
From my research, I have found that the best energy drinks to get you “in the mood” are Crunk, XS Burn + Energy, NatureWise, and Cloud9. Other more familiar brands include C4 Energy, Aspire, and 3D Energy.
But if you want to learn more about the connection between energy drinks and sex, I suggest you “plow” through ahead for the juicy details.
Sex and Energy Drinks
Sexual intercourse requires high levels of stamina and energy in order to be enjoyable for both partners, so it’s no wonder why some couples may resort to energy drinks to help ensure a long and productive night of passionate love-making.
Drinking energy drinks to have better sex is definitely not unheard of although I would say it’s not the kind of topic that tends to come up a lot in conversations. Moreover, couples probably prefer to enhance their arousal with a gourmet meal than a cheap can of fizzy beverage.
Unlike with exercise, which is more or less done begrudgingly, sex is more than just a “get in, get out” (or rather a “get it up, get it on”) type of situation, pardon the pun. Most people also probably prefer drinking coffee over canned energy drinks.
Do Energy Drinks Improve Sexual Performance?
Sexual intercourse is an inherently physical activity, similar as some would say to exercise. Having sex is equivalent to exercising. It burns 3.6 calories per minute and can also help increase your stamina. Therefore, any energy drink with a fair amount of caffeine can assist with sexual performance.
Aside from preventing fatigue and improving physical performance, caffeine also improves your mood, putting you in a better headspace for intimate interactions. So theoretically, energy drinks should enhance your coital experience, right?
Experts may disagree.
Caffeine stimulates your nervous system and increases your blood pressure, which may be terrible if you suffer from anxiety, or are particularly nervous about doing the deed. Being aroused may compound this sensation, resulting in profuse sweating, shakiness, and headaches.
So caffeine should not be thought of as a cure-all for sexual dysfunction. It may work for some people, but not all.
Aphrodisiacs and Energy Drinks
From Spanish flies and rhino horns to mandrake root and tiger penis, humans have experimented with various substances to enhance their sexual performance since the dawn of time.
Often a primary ingredient in medieval “love potions” or philters, as they are once commonly known, aphrodisiacs refer to any food or drug that enhances sexual desire and fertility. They used to be a common “bedroom aid” in pre-modern times.
However, with the evolution of science and medicine, gone are the days of eating ground-up beetles and cow testicles to ensure a night of passion. We now have a plethora of FDA-approved medical-grade libido enhancers that are safe for human consumption and 100% effective.
And you want to know what the most popular modern aphrodisiac is? No, it’s not chocolate, or oysters, or champagne. It’s Viagra, specifically a drug known in medical circles as “sildenafil”.
While some experts don’t necessarily like to call it an aphrodisiac, since it doesn’t induce sexual arousal, it checks all the boxes for something that can be typically ingested to improve your intimate experience.
While you won’t find any energy drinks with Viagra in them, since the substance is heavily regulated, some energy drink companies resort to using botanical supplements to help people improve their sex lives.
If you want to learn more about the aphrodisiacs that people use around the world, watch this video:
List of Aphrodisiacs
Scientists have studied various herbal aphrodisiacs from both western and eastern traditional folk medicine and have discovered a few, which have been proven to increase sex drive and enhance sexual performance.
The primary mechanism of these aphrodisiacs is that they induce vasodilation and increase blood circulation to the genitals.
Believe it or not, some energy drink brands contain the following aphrodisiacs, so these ingredients herbs and plants aren’t as rare as you may think.
The aphrodisiacs included in this list are maca, banana, horny goat weed, red ginseng and ashwagandha. Although you may want to look for other ingredients like:
- gingko bilobo
Probably one of the more popular botanical ingredients used to improve one’s sex life, maca, or more specifically maca root (sometimes known as Peruvian ginseng) is a plant that has been traditionally used to improve fertility and sex drive.
Scientific research has proven the aphrodisiac properties of maca root powder. When taken in doses between 1.5 to 5g per day, maca not only increases sexual desire and libido in both men and women, it can also improve your mood, boost your energy and promote male fertility.
This seems like the prelude to a bad sex joke, but bananas, regardless of their resemblance to a particular male appendage, have been known to improve libido and sex drive.
Bananas are also a potassium powerhouse, and in case you didn’t know, potassium is responsible for boosting testosterone levels, which is a male hormone that can help you last longer in bed.
So when all else fails, blend yourself up a banana milkshake before your rendezvous to get those juices flowing.
You may notice that there are many types of ginseng, but there are very few species that specifically target libido and sex drive, like red ginseng, which has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat low libido and sexual function in both men and women.
Studies have shown the red ginseng is a powerful aphrodisiac, capable of increasing sexual desire when taken in doses of 3g a day.
Sometimes also known as Indian ginseng, this herb is one of the newer botanical supplements that has recently penetrated the Western alternative medicine market.
You may have seen it listed as an ingredient on one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop products like Sex Dust, although its history and use are much older than that.
Traditionally used in Ayurvedic healing for over 3000 years to treat stress, increase energy, and improve concentration, ashwagandha is a powerful plant that has also been scientifically proven to improve sexual potency in men.
When taken in doses between 450-500mg, ashwagandha can increase testosterone levels and improve sperm quality.
Best Energy Drinks for Sex
I’ve compiled a list of energy drinks with aphrodisiac ingredients that may help infuse some magic into those listless, empty nights.
While you may not get fireworks after just one serving, these brands may be potent enough to induce a slow burn, and make those intimate moments with your partner significantly more memorable.
Crunk is an energy drink “naturally fueled with a powerful proprietary blend of energizing herbs and anti-oxidant rich botanicals.” A 16oz can is formulated with ashwaganda, horny goat weed, guarana, ginseng, skullcap and white willow bark.
Crunk comes in many flavors like Blood Orange, Sour Apple, Pomegranate, and Mango-Peach and retails at about $48 for a 24 pack.
The sugar-free version contains 192mg of caffeine, only 5 calories, 0g added sugar, and 110mg of sodium
Naturewise Whole Body Vitality Drinks is an energy beverage formulated with ashwaganda, guayusa, green coffee beans, and organic monk fruit.
Flavors include Citrus Matcha, Berry Guayusa, and Tropical White and retails for about $12.99 for a 3 pack.
One 355ml serving contains 120mg of caffeine, 60 calories, 15g of sugar, and 75mg of sodium.
XS Energy + Burn
XS Energy + Burn is a “high-performance energy drink packed with 80mg of caffeine and mega doses of B vitamins, plus over 100 mg of Garcinia Cambogia extract and 125 mg of Ashwagandha extract”.
The product also contains Red ginseng and panax ginseng. It comes in two flavors, Blood Orange and Strawberry, and retails for about $28 for a 12 pack.
One 250ml serving contains 80mg of caffeine, 15 calories, 0g of sugar, and 15g of sodium.
Cloud9 is a relatively new brand, marketed as an aphrodisiac energy drink. Unlike most energy drinks, this product comes in a 10.14 oz. a purple bottle that contains a slew of botanical ingredients like Rhodiola bark extract, horny goat weed, guarana, maca, and green tea.
Cloud9 comes in only one flavor, which has been described as being a combination of green apples and blueberries and retails at around $8 per bottle.
One serving contains 100 calories, 25g of sugar, and 80mg of sodium. The amount of caffeine is unstated.
The following presents some names that may be more familiar to you.
While these brands may not be marketed as aphrodisiacs, the ingredients contained within them may be enough to give you a boost anytime you feel like you’re in the mood for some Netflix and chill.
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While resorting to energy drinks for sex hardly seems sophisticated, or even romantic, they could be a life-saver in desperate situations.
However, these brands may only help you in the short term, so you may want to address the underlying issues that are preventing you from “getting it up”, whether it’s medical, psychological, or marital in nature.
In addition, I also recommend some caffeine-free energy drinks as well for those of you who may experience performance anxiety, since these brands can give you energy for lovemaking without the jitteriness that is commonly associated with normal caffeine.
The list I have provided is by no means exhaustive, so you may want to look for other brands with maca, horny goat weed, ginseng, and/or a combination of the aforementioned botanicals in the formula. However, as with all herbal remedies and concoctions, your mileage may vary.