Not everyone can keep their libido at its highest level on a whim. The little blue pill isn’t necessarily the only answer to fixing libido problems. Is what we eat really that imperative to increasing libido?
The easy answer here is a resounding yes. Edible aphrodisiacs go back all the way to the ancient Greeks. The Greek goddess of sexual rapture was named Aphrodite. Coincidentally, she was the mother of Cupid. [She must have been enjoying some of the food on this list!] While the Greeks may have used some folklore behind all of this, there is some truth to their thinking.
Edible aphrodisiacs are quite powerful. In fact, it doesn’t even take a diet full of these foods to feel the effects. A great aphrodisiac works well in small doses, sometimes only eaten hours before a ‘night of fun’. We will look at 9 of the best foods that will act as your edible aphrodisiac. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Arguably the most well-known aphrodisiac of any food on this list, oysters have a reputation of luxury and class. The process of eating an oyster is actually quite sexual – licking, sucking, and slurping. They are loaded with zinc, the key mineral that produces testosterone in the male body. There are many amino acids within oysters, most unusually D-aspartic acid and N-methyl-D-aspartate. These amino acids have been proven to increase sexual hormones in lab studies. Vitamin B12 increases the size of blood vessels, allowing for the ultimate rush of power into our sexual organs. Go ahead, order a dozen!
The musky smell of a truffle is a fine-diners dream. Not only do they taste amazing, but the smell actually can promote sexual desire. Truffles contain a pheromone called androstenol. This pheromone is secreted by pigs to induce mating behaviors. It is also secreted by humans, albeit at very low levels.
Figs are libido increasing monsters in a couple of ways. They are full of magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that produces two of the major sex hormones – androgen and estrogen – that have important control over your libido. Figs also contain a specific amino acid that increases the body’s production of nitric oxide, which is crucial for expanding blood vessels. This increases blood flow to all of the places that count for your sex drive.
4. Walnuts and Almonds
These are some well-known aphrodisiacs that are more mentally stimulating than medically. The common association alone acts as a sort of placebo. While the only medicinal value in terms of libido is an infertility decreasing element known as selenium, the association with almonds and walnuts to a thought of pleasure is usually enough to do the trick in many situations.
Asparagus contains a ton of folate and vitamin B6. The can boost intensity of orgasm in both men and women, and can also make erections firmer. Beyond the make-up of asparagus, the physical appearance can leave a lot to the imagination. While many people can’t stand the site of a (GASP) green vegetable, your partner may thank you later if you can belly them.
Avocados provide the essential energy that you need to perform well in bed. Think about it. You aren’t going to travel across the country without putting fuel in your gas tank, right? The same goes for sex. You have to provide energy to your body in order for your sexual desires to rise to the surface. There are many vitamins within avocados that boost the libido such as B6, E, and folic acid. Vitamin E is often called the ‘sex vitamin’ due to its libido increasing properties.
7. Sweet Potato
The unique, bright orange color of a sweet potato is the result of a rich chemical make-up of beta carotene. Beta carotene is a well-research anti-infertility chemical due to the fact that it feeds your body vitamin A. Vitamin C is ever-present in sweet potatoes. This vitamin produces collagen, potassium, and iron. All of these things work to boost energy, and lower blood pressure. Remember that high blood pressure is the leading cause of erectile dysfunction in men.
Watermelon is a relative newcomer to the aphrodisiac list. Recent studies have suggested that citrulline, lycopene, and beta-carotene both relax the body’s blood vessels, as well as increase your sex drive. The sweet taste of watermelon make it a sultry treat that essentially ‘awakens the senses’ so-to-speak.
9. Black Raspberries
The berry itself, as well as the seeds, will work to increase the desire for sex when regularly integrated into a diet. The rich make-up of vitamins make these full encompassing sexual grenades. Specifically, vitamin B, C, and D are all ever-present in this tasty fruit. The subtle crunch makes an imagination run wild to set the mood for a night of fun with your partner.
Overall, there are hundreds of foods that have the make-ups required to generate a boost to your libido. Healthy, delightful foods that taste great, as well as provide to solve a problem, are home runs for any list. The mental impact that these foods have is just as important as the physical impact.
When a person thinks they are ingesting something that will boost their libido, most of the time it has the desired effect. If we told the same person that they were about to eat a food that would diminish their sex drive, it would also have a similar effect. At the end of the day, if a person can imagine that their libido is increasing due to food, then the chances of a pleasurable evening are high. These foods are proven to have an impact. The mental impact, however, may be all the difference.