We’ve all heard that oysters are a natural aphrodisiac, but lets be honest, they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea – we compiled a list of natural foods that can help kick-start you and your partner’s sex drive (you can thank us later!):
Need we say more?
Dark chocolate containing 70% cocoa or more helps to increase dopamine levels, a chemical released by the brain during moments of pleasure. It also contains bioflavonoids, which improve blood flow and open up blood vessels… ehm, gentlemen.
For all of you chocolate-lovers out there, rejoice! There is now more than one good reason to indulge!
Researchers believe the effects of high levels of polyphenols, an antioxidant present in red wine, may help increase blood flow to vital arousal areas.
According to a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, women who drank a glass of red wine daily experienced high levels of sexual desire compared to those who drank other forms of alcohol or not at all. Time to switch from white to red, ladies!
Remember, one glass is more than enough, as too much alcohol can actually have the opposite affect on the body.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better with chocolate and red wine, we had to go and spoil the party with a side of asparagus.
It might not be the most ‘sexy’ food, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Asparagus is considered to be one of the best libido-boosting natural foods, as it is rich in folate which is responsible for the production of histamine, the chemical released during an orgasm.
Maca is the superfood of one of the oldest civilisations – the Incas. Also referred to as nature’s Viagra, maca has been known to enhance fertility and boost libido. It is also packed with vitamins, including B1, B2, B12 and Vitamin C. Add a teaspoon to this morning smoothie recipe and secretly reap the sexy benefits of this superfood!
• 1 cup almond milk
• 1 frozen banana
• 1/2 cup mixed berries
• 1-2 teaspoons maca powder
• 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pumpkin festivities aren’t just for Autumn. Want a food that will certainly amp up your sex life in the bedroom? Add some pumpkin seeds to your meals, people!
Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, an essential mineral known to boost sex drive. The recommended daily intake of zinc for adult males and females is 11mg and 8mg respectively, according to the national guidelines. A serving of 30g of pumpkin seeds contains 1.9mg, keeping you well within this range, so add a handful to your trail mix or salad for a little boost in the bedroom.
Ever wondered why the natural smell of your partner gives you that goo-goo gaa-gaa feeling inside? Its called, pheromones!
Pheromones are odourless chemical signals released through sweat glands and when inhaled, can subconsciously affect the person on the receiving end. So where does celery fit in to this? Celery contains adrosterone, a potent male pheromone.
To all of our male readers – get munching on this versatile vegetable and go easy on the cologne, your natural scent may just do the trick!
So ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to update your shopping list and head down to the store to stock up on natural foods that boost your libido. Who knew that getting inventive in the kitchen could satisfy more than just your tum!