As long as we’ve been around, humankind has concocted ways to improve their sex lives. One of the more unusual methods has been the use of aphrodisiacs. From rhino’s horn to cobra blood to steeped skink flesh, cultures around the world have tried various potions and strange brews in hopes of stirring their loins into a frenzied passion. In reality, much of the success of aphrodisiacs comes from the power of suggestion, as there is little medical evidence to prove their effectiveness.
Despite this, there are foods that you can consume that will not only make you healthier, but may also improve the body systems in charge of your sex life! To help you sort out the quackery from the truth, I’ve researched popular aphrodisiacs around the world. The list below is made up of foods that have been shown to improve sexual health and well-being. Read up, dine, and enjoy!
Chocolate – Sweet, decadent, and velvety, chocolate contains phenethylamine, a stimulant released in the brain as we fall in love. Chocolate also contains and tryptophan, which helps to produce serotonin, a brain chemical associated with sexual arousal. Furthermore, chocolate has been shown to spike the levels of dopamine in the brain, which induces feelings of pleasure.
Pomegranates – Often associated with fertility, pomegranates have been found to increase testosterone in both men and women. And more testosterone equals increased sexual desire. The ruby-red fruit has also been shown to help with erectile dysfunction.
Beets – Long been considered an aphrodisiac in many cultures, beets are a natural source of tryptophan and betaine. Both of these chemicals promote feelings of well-being and relaxation. Beets also contain high amounts of boron, a trace mineral that increases the level of sex hormones in the human body.
Honey – A symbol of fertility and procreation in some cultures, honey contains boron, which may regulate hormone levels, The sweet syrup also contains nitric oxide, which is released in the blood during arousal.
Oysters – The aphrodisiac of the sea, oysters contain amino acids that trigger production of sex hormones. Oysters also contain tons of zinc, which can help increase a man’s sperm count.
Chili Peppers – The red-hot peppers stimulate endorphins (the brain’s feel good chemicals), speed up heart rate and make you sweat, which all mimic how you feel when you’re aroused.
Bananas – The phallic-shaped fruit triggers testosterone production, and more testosterone equals increased sexual desire.
Watermelon – Juicy and sweet, watermelon is packed full of lycopene, which has been shown to have a Viagra-like effect, as it relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation.
Olives and Olive Oil – A symbol of virility for the Greeks, olives and their oil are a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are critical for a healthy heart, blood flow and hormone production.
Strawberries – The red, heart-shaped fruits are packed full of vitamin C, which helps keep blood flowing to all parts of the body. Double their sexy powers by dipping them in chocolate!
Alcohol – In moderation, alcohol can put you in the mood, as it lowers your inhibitions and helps you to relax. But go easy on the booze! Too much alcohol can restrict sexual performance in both males and females.
Pumpkin Pie – Believe it or not, this Thanksgiving staple has been shown to be an effective aphrodisiac. The scent of the pie has been shown to increase penile blood flow by 40% and to increase sexual desire in women!