10 aphrodisiac foods to up your sex drive

Looking to add some spice to your sex life? Try out these aphrodisiac foods to stimulate your senses and get your sex drive going into overload...

Oysters

Notorious for being a natural aphrodisiac, urban legend has it that Casanova once seduced a virgin by sliding an oyster from his lips to hers. What’s not a myth though, is that this seafood delicacy can improve your sex life. Oysters are high in zinc, a mineral important to the production of testosterone and healthy sperm, making it not only an aphrodisiac but a food which can also increase female fertility. Oysters also contain amino acids which trigger the production of sex hormones AND dopamine, a brain chemical which boosts your libido and increases desire in men and women. Well if that won’t get you in the mood…

Red Wine

Red wine is not only known for improving your mood, it’s also a powerful antioxidant which quite literally helps to get your blood pumping, everywhere…

Chocolate

Ever get that feeling of overwhelming pleasure when you eat chocolate? Yup it tastes pretty daym good, but it also contains a stimulating chemical called phenylethlamine, creating excitement and improving well-being. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study that found women who enjoyed a piece of chocolate every day had a more active sex life than those who didn’t (opt for at least 75% cacao to ensure you get the full benefits of this yummy treat). As if we needed any more excuses to eat chocolate…

Asparagus

Sure asparagus has a suggestive shape, but it’s the high amount of vitamin E and vitamin B which can get your sex drive on the up. Folate is a vitamin B found in asparagus which increases the production of histamine, important for a healthy sex drive, whilst the high amount of vitamin E in asparagus can increase the flow of oxygen and blood to the genitals.

Salmon

A great combo to have with your asparagus, salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, known for giving you a healthy heart but not so well known for giving you a healthy libido too! With salmon helping to produce oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone, it’s most definitely a food choice to help boost both yourself and your sex drive.

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Chilli Peppers

Yup, you can spice your food and sex life up by adding chilli peppers into your ingredients. This is a spice which raises your heart rate, stimulates endorphins to give you a natural high and will most probably result in a sweat… and that’s all before it increases your libido!

Bananas

The phallic shaped fruit you awkwardly eat in public really stands by what it insinuates. As well as elevating energy levels (potassium, riboflavin, and vitamin B2), bananas contain bromelain enzymes which trigger men’s testosterone production, increasing their sex drive.

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Avocado

Our favourite friend the avocado, is not only a brunch time staple ingredient but also an aphrodisiac with a reputation that dates way back to the Aztecs. Apparently, the Catholic Spanish priests found avocados so sexy, they forbid their parishioners from eating them. Other than its sensuous shape, we’re not entirely sure how seductive this fruit really is but any excuse for more avo, we’re in!

Figs

Figs were first associated with sex when they were used as a symbol of sexuality in the Garden of Eden. The fruit is full of potassium and antioxidants helping to increase energy levels, and if they were good enough for Adam and Eve, they sure are good enough for us!

 

Honey

Back in ancient Greek times honey was actually prescribed for sexual vigor due to it containing borno, which helps to regulate hormone levels and nitric oxide. Nitic oxide is a chemical formula which also helps to open up blood vessels used to create an erection. Lets leave it on that..

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