Foods That Work as Aphrodisiacs

January 28, 2016

Boosting libido with naturally occurring foods is very much possible. There is no need to resort to pills and artificial medicines when similar (and often better) sex drive augmenting results can be achieved with the inclusion of a certain foodstuffs in the diet. Although these items have to be consumed over a long period of time for the results to be evident, it is always best to opt for natural methods rather than be dependent on medications in the long run.

And the health benefits of these foods can help you lead a stronger and fuller life as well. So including them in you daily diet has more than one advantage.

Strawberries

Strawberries are known for their aphrodisiac properties since times immemorial. And this fact has be proven scientifically too. They contain large amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants that are known to improve sperm count and also improve sex drive.

Strawberries can be paired with dark chocolate, another aphrodisiac, for wonderful results, gastronomically and sensually.

Chocolate

This is also one of the most commonly known aphrodisiac foods. But it is best to stick to dark chocolate, which has a higher cocoa content. Milk chocolate can have a lot of sugar in it and it adds to the empty calories one consumes in the day. The theobromine that chocolate contains creates a ‘feel good’ effect on the mind, largely through the release of endorphins. This mimics a falling in love feeling and boosts libido naturally.

Moreover, chocolate is full of antioxidants that help maintain good health.

Oysters

Just like chocolates and strawberries, oysters are well known aphrodisiacs. They have been used for this purpose for centuries. Oysters are rich in zinc, which is essential for the synthesis of sex hormones and clitoral sensitivity. Raw oysters are more effective than the coked kind.

But you have to be very careful when dealing with raw seafood as it can contain parasites and other harmful agents. Thus, consume oysters raw only if you are sure of their origin. Otherwise, cooking them through is your best bet. And even then, it is advisable to procure them from a reliable source.

Almonds and nuts

Almonds are rich in essential omega fatty acids, selenium, vitamin E and other fatty acids. As steroid hormones are synthesized from lipids, it is essential to have a good (and limited) sources of healthy fats in the diet. The scent of almonds is also known to act as an aphrodisiac, especially for women. So crushing the almonds before adding them to food is also a good idea.

Other nuts such as cashews, walnuts and pine nuts contain essential fatty acids too and work well to improve sex drive.

Avocados

Avocados are fruits that are rich folic acid and other B complex vitamins such as B6. Such nutrients are essential for the synthesis of male sex hormones. They also contain essential fatty acids that are also necessary for the production of all steroid hormones.

They are best consumed raw, as cooking destroys almost all water soluble vitamins.

Watermelon

While the watermelon may not be a food that is usually associated with sexual performance, consuming it regularly most can most certainly help improve libido. It is rich in ‘citrulline’ a compound that mimics the effects of Viagra. This study was done at the Texas A&M University and the results were quite promising.

Thus, watermelon can help achieve longer and fuller erections along with having a positive effect on sex drive.

Sweet potatoes

It is true that sweet potatoes are starchy foods and too much starch in the diet is not always a good thing. But sweet potatoes are also rich in potassium, which helps fight hypertension. A high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of erectile dysfunction.

They also contain good amounts of beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. This nutrient is believed to fight infertility and other such disorders.

Saffron

Saffron is a one of the most expensive spices in the world. Its price, in terms of weight, exceeds that of gold. But the good part is that it is need in very small amounts for cooking. And such quantities can be kept handy in the house quite easily.

It contains many antioxidants such as safranal and croctin which are believed to improve both sex drive and sexual performance. They are known to augment blood flow to sex organs. Furthermore, saffron is also believed to counter anxiety and insomnia, and is effective for both men and women.

Bananas

Bananas are rich in the enzyme bromelain, which is known to improve libido and performance. Moreover, it also contains good amounts of potassium, which is known to reduce blood pressure. And the energy content of bananas is also high, and they contain sources of readily usable energy, which can be useful for sexual performance.

But bananas are best avoided by those that have a concurrent high blood sugar levels. And consuming too many bananas can lead to the manifestation of their laxative effects.

Celery

The effects of celery as an aphrodisiac are disputed, but there is absolutely no harm in including a bit celery in the diet. It is believed to contain an androgen like compound that helps with arousal and performance. Moreover, it is also believed to contain pheromones like substances that bring about arousal in females as well.

Eggs

These may not seem like the most inviting of foods, but eggs are rich in many nutrients. Egg whites are the most bioavailable form of proteins available on earth and they help build up immunity as well. Egg yolks are rich in essential fatty acids, which are required for the synthesis of steroid hormones.

Moreover, eggs also contain vitamins B5 and B6, which are essential for sexual arousal and performance. Consuming raw chicken eggs is considered highly beneficial for libido.

But raw eggs should not be consumed in very large quantities as thy have an anti-biotin factor and egg yolks contain substantial amounts of cholesterol.

It is essential to include all of these foods regularly and in limited quantities in food to observe their libido boosting effects.

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