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Top 10 Aphrodisiac Foods

Posted in Sexual Health 14 Oct, 2013

If you’ve lost your spark in bed, it’s not all doom and gloom. As well as prescription medication such as Viagra, you can also try out some all-natural aphrodisiacs that can put you in the mood and give you that all-important boost of libido in the bedroom, especially if you're planning a romantic night for your loved one.

We called upon some nutritional experts to take you through the top 10 foods with libido-enhancing properties. Check them out below.

10 - Almonds

Through history, almonds have been considered to be fertility symbols; largely because of their sweet smelling aroma. According to accounts from religious books such as the bible, this aroma arouses passion in females and scientists have provided evidence for this. Almonds contain high levels of vitamin E, magnesium and fibre, which might explain why some almond scented lotions are marketed towards sex.

9 - Asparagus

The connection between Asparagus and aphrodisiacs can be found in literary records as well as being legitimised by scientific evidence. It was first celebrated for its aphrodisiac qualities in a 15th century Arabic sex manual called ‘The Perfumed Garden’ written by al-Nafzawi. Asparagus are rich in potassium, fibre, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, thiamine and folic acid. The latter is widely considered to boost histamine levels, increasing the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.

8 - Basil

As well as being an essential ingredient in any kitchen, the aromatic fragrance of basil has also been cited for its aphrodisiac effect. This may go some way to explaining why Italy is particularly known for its romance!

7 - Avocado

The Aztecs were the first to note the sexual effect of avocado. In this era, it was known as the ahuacuatl, or ‘testicle tree,’ presumably because a pair of avocado hanging from a tree resembles a pair of testicles. In fact, Catholic priests in Spain banned the fruit because it was supposedly too sexual in nature.

6 - Banana

The shape of a banana means it is constantly connected with sexuality, in modern culture as well as in history. Asides from the shape, bananas are rich in potassium, magnesium and B vitamins whilst also containing chelating mineral and bromeliad enzyme, which have been said to boost the male libido.

5 - Chocolate

As well as being sweet tasting, chocolate has been found to contain a mixture of ‘love chemicals,’ including anandamide and PEA (phenylethylamine), both of which release dopamine in the areas of the brain that trigger pleasure. PEA in particular is believed to induce feelings of attraction, excitement and euphoria.

4 - Garlic

It may seem a little weird, but garlic provides a high dose of an ingredient called allicin, which is known to increase blood flow. If you’re struggling with erection problems, chances are it’s because of a low blood flow to the penis. We’re not suggesting you eat raw garlic, but you may like to consider adding extra garlic to a dish prior to a night of passion.

3 - Honey

Many studies have sought to discover the sexual qualities of that sticky substance, honey. It has been found to contain a wealth of boron, a mineral that helps the body metabolise the female sex hormone, oestrogen. Boron also contains essential vitamins that can boost levels of testosterone in both men and women.

2 - Chili Peppers

The main active component in chili peppers is a chemical called capsaicin, which has been known to increase heart rate, induce sweating and enhance nerve endings. This means that it replicates the physical reactions encountered during sex, and so may get you in the mood. It has also been found to stimulate the release of endorphins, neurotransmitters that are released during sex.

1 - Oysters

Oysters are famous for their libido-boosting properties and are possibly the food most commonly connected to sex and romance. This is mainly because they contain high levels of zinc, an element that helps to produce sperm and increases sexual desire amongst both sexes.

So there's the top 10 aphrodisiac foods that can boost your sexual desire and increase the blood flow to the genitals. Remember, your diet can have a very real impact on your sex life, affecting your hormone, energy and stress levels. If you keep in mind the foods above or try to incorporate them into your own dishes, you will move a little closer to enhancing your time in the bedroom. If you require more information about erection problems, you should check out our advice pages here

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