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Bring Sexy Back with These Libido-Boosting Foods

Bring Sexy Back with These Libido-Boosting Foods

Eat your way to a better sex life


Whether you’re on the lookout for foods that boost your energy or aphrodisiacs in the traditional sense — foods that put you in the mood, so to speak — maintaining your sexual health by eating well is something that every adult should know how to do.

Now that’s summer, many of these foods are in abundance, which makes it really easy to incorporate these essential items into your diet.

Bring Sexy Back with These Libido-Boosting Foods


Whether you’re on the lookout for foods that boost your energy or aphrodisiacs in the traditional sense — foods that put you in the mood, so to speak — maintaining your sexual health by eating well is something that every adult should know how to do.

Now that’s summer, many of these foods are in abundance, which makes it really easy to incorporate these essential items into your diet.



As if you needed another reason to eat your fill of berries this summer, consider the effect they have on your sexual appetite. Raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are all full of vitamins C and E, which make your skin softer to the touch. Blueberries can help prevent bloating and promote blood flow, two things you definitely want under control in the bedroom.


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Thanks to the research of Dr. Max Lake, an Australian winemaker and surgeon, we now know that dried Champagne and a few select wines contain compounds similar to human pheromones — the chemicals found in our sweat and other bodily fluids that are believed to produce a response from a potential mate.

Dark Chocolate


A study published in Food Research Internationalfound that women who made a daily habit of eating dark chocolate (70 percent cacao and higher) had a higher sex drive than women who did not. The effects are thought to be related to the presence of phenylethylamine, a chemicalknown as “the love drug,” which is related to amphetamines and causes us to feel alert and content.

Muira Puama

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In the Amazon, muira puama is known as the “potency wood,” and the bark from this tree is thought to promote sexual activity. It has been used to treat low sex drives in both men and women. The Republic of Tea's Get Passionate Herb Tea contains the extract, along with ashwagandha root and Peruvian maca root, two more herbs that have been used in traditional medicine to “invigorate a lagging libido.”



Okra contains a good deal of magnesium, a natural relaxant that is used to treat cramps and even asthma attacks. It’s also full of vitamins B and C, plus zinc and potassium, which are all great for your sexual organs. If you cook it right, okra doesn’t need to be slimy.


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“Oysters provide the essential mineral necessary for testosterone production,” says Dr. Mike Fenster, a cardiologist and the author of The Fallacy of the Calorie. “This hormone is responsible for the sex drive of both sexes. Not to mention the fact that oysters in the shell resemble testes and an open oyster on the half shell resembles the female equivalent. That's about as racy as I can get for general consumption.”


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The connection between salt and sexuality goes back to the goddess Aphrodite herself, who is said to have been born from sea foam.

In scientific research, the story is little more detailed. For starters, animals experiencing a lack of sodium tend to have more trouble reproducing. In humans, researchers found that skimping on salt led to “frequent complaints of fatigue and sexual impotence among patients assigned to severe sodium restriction (70 millimoles per day).”

Therapy to reverse these complaints in patients of “impaired concentration, attention or memory abilities, and reduced libido,” not surprisingly, consisted of prescribing increased dietary salt.

Scents and Spices


In a sample of adult males living in Chicago, a month-long study found that a number of scents were effective at triggering “odor-evoked recall, a phenomenon wherein an aroma triggers memories and associated feelings.”

Out of 30 aromas, the most effective trigger of a physical reaction — increased penile blood flow — was the combined odor of lavender and pumpkin pie. The next two most successful smells were a combination of black licorice and doughnut, and pumpkin pie and doughnut. Cranberry, which came in last, still produced a two percent increase in blood flow.



The poster-boy fruit of the summer is also one that has “Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido,” according to a study from Texas A&M’s Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center. Citrulline, a nutrient found in watermelons, is “converted to arginine through certain enzymes.” The resulting amino acid has the ability to relax blood vessels and promote circulation.

“Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra,” said Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of the research center. “But it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects.”

6 Foods Proven to Boost Low Testosterone and Increase Sex Drive

If your sex drive is low and your progress is stalling in the gym, hormones could be to blame. Testosterone, your bodybuilding asset, is at its peak during your 20’s, but soon after it dips 1.6% per year after 30. Going ham in the gym is a sure-fire way of boosting T, but there are other options that will up the levels. Before you go off running to the nearest supplement store, try enhancing testosterone levels from food—you are what you eat!

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10 Aphrodisiac Foods To Make Yummy Libido Boosting Dishes

The next time you are in the supermarket, think about what types of aphrodisiac foods to add to your cart so you could turn ordinary dinner into finger licking libido boosting sexy dishes.

Say goodbye to plain ol' meatloaf and say hello to exotic dishes to get your blood and your partner pumping.

Maybe you can make a meal of each other.

The Dish: Badam KheerLibido Boosting Recipe

The Libido Boosting Ingredient(s): Almonds and Cardamom

This is a nutritious Indian sweet dish served with a meal as a sweet or as a dessert.

It has all the goodness of almonds and the milk and the flavor of saffron and the cardamom. It is also a very easy to make among the almond recipes.

Almonds provide you Vitamin E and help you look younger and to keep fit. Almonds are also good for your skin.

Almonds reduce cholesterol and boost immunity. It is believed that the aroma stimulates passion. So much so, that it has been reported that Samson enticed Delilah with these nut looking nuts, and word also has it that Cleopatra dined on an Almond based drink.

This almond kheer is one of the easy recipes that you can use to get your daily dose of almonds in a tasty and interesting way.

Cardamom is an nicely aromatic spice. In many cultures and mystic circles it is viewed as an intensely powerful aphrodisiac, used to cast love spells and also beneficial in treating impotency (mix with maca, Peru's natural Viagra, for some 'interesting results'). Maca is high in cineole, which can increase blood flow in certain important areas!

This is a very simple and easy recipe. I am sure you will love this almond kheer.

cardamom powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Ghee (or clarified butter) - 1 tablespoon

Soak almonds in water for about 1 hour.

Peel almonds and grind them to paste using the water. Do not add any extra water.

Cooking Method
1 Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan. Add almond paste and fry on low flame for 4-5 minutes stirring all the while.

2 Add sugar. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes. 3 Add milk and boil for 15 minutes. Add cardamom powder and saffron strands. It will enhance flavor and color too.
Serve hot or chilled. Enjoy this in the hot summer afternoons, as a cool snack, or as a dessert.

The Dish: Marinated Shrimp in Avocado Halves

The Libido Boosting Ingredient: Avocado

High in B6 - said to increase male hormone production. The Mayans and Aztecs called the avocado tree, the Testicle tree because they believed the avocados hang in pairs and resembled testicles hanging from the tree. Avocado's nutrition actually delivers a mash up of nutrients essential to sexual health, including beta carotene, magnesium and vitamin E, (which is sometimes called the "sex vitamin"). It's been reported to have been a traditional remedy for erectile dysfunction. As if that isn't enough for you to grab a nice big avocado the next time you are in the grocery, it also delivers more potassium than a raw banana. Offering 2.4 grams of protein for every 1/2 cup of fruit, an essential ingredient for a successful late night powwow.

1 lb small shrimp, poached and peeled
1/2 cup fresh tomato juice
3 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
3 slices sweet onion, finely diced
1 small jicama, diced
1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely diced (optional)
2 lime, juiced
salt and pepper to taste
2 ripe Avocados

-Thoroughly mix together all ingredients except the avocados. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
-Just before serving, cut each avocado into halves and take out the seed.
-Spoon marinated shrimp into the avocado halves and serve

Libido Boosting Ingredient: Pineapples libido boosting foods

Pineapples not only improves the taste of semen (Yum!), but it is a good source of manganese and vitamin C, and has been historically used to cure impotence. But the unique gift the majestic, pineapple boasts of is its protein digestive enzyme Bromelaine which thins the blood and improves circulation to improve sexual performance.

Prep Time: 10 Mins
Cook Time: 20 Mins
Ready In: 30 Mins

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg beat well. Stir in the crushed pineapple and its juice. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Add this mixture to the pineapple mixture stir well. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.

3 Bake 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pans before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

The Dish: Pressure Cooker Chili

The Libido Boosting Ingredient(s): Chili Libido boosting foods

Chili peppers are aphrodisiacs of choice when you are looking to really spice things up because of the its ability to release endorphins from the chemical Capsaicin. Capsasin stimulates the nerve endings and increases your pulse, makes you sweat and increases sensitivity. Because it mimics what you experience during a stimulating lovemaking session. Besides the spicy taste, chili peppers release endorphins and gives the body a natural high - think of how elated you feel after you've climaxed. (on a separate note, you can snack on pineapples sprinkled with chili as a snack for a supercharged boost).

Ready In: 35 Mins

1 pound ground beef
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14.5 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
2 cups water

1. Place the ground beef in the pressure cooker over medium high heat cook until brown and crumbly, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the ground beef, and drain off the excess fat.

2. Return the open pressure cooker to the burner over medium heat, pour in the olive oil, and stir in the onion, green pepper, and jalapeno pepper. Cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, and cook and stir for about 30 more seconds. Return the meat to the pressure cooker mix in the kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, cocoa powder, red pepper flakes, chili powder, cumin, salt, and water.

3. Lock the lid, bring the cooker up to pressure, reduce heat to maintain pressure, and cook for 8 minutes. Remove cooker from the heat, and let the pressure reduce on its own, 5 to 10 minutes.

4. When the pressure is fully released, remove the lid, stir the chili, and serve

The Dish: Soft Gingersnaps

The Libido Boosting Ingredient(s): Ginger and Nutmeg GINGER libido boosting food

Ginger improves circulation and is believed by some to be an aphrodisiac food because of its intoxicating scent.

Nutmeg has been known for its intoxicating, and hallucinogenic properties in Europe. Studies were conducted on male rodents using the aphrodisiac spice nutmeg and recorded an increase of the males attempting to mount the female rodents. Gives new meaning to the term, "ooh you dirty rat".

Ready In: 40 Mins

1 1/2 cups butter (no substitutes), softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Additional sugar

1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and nutmeg gradually add to creamed mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

2. Roll into 1-in. balls roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes or until puffy and lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.

The Dish: Spiced Figs
The Special Ingredient(s): Figs fig-libido boosting food

This sweet, purple fruit is sexy already a sexy ass fruit in appearance and texture. Plump, succulent looking, velvety skin. When sliced open, its luscious flesh drips with a floral honey scent, revealing a juicy resemblance to the female sex organ. It has been rumored that the fig and regarded highly as a sexual stimulant.

Note: This will take some planning so if you want a quick fix-me-up, you can by them from the store, BUT, if you want 'em fresh, you'll have to wait for summer or early Fall.

2 cups white wine vinegar
1 inch (2.5 cm) piece fresh ginger
3 tablespoons allspice
4 blades of mace or 4 teaspoons ground mace
2 cups sugar
Cloves (one per fig)
2 1/2 pounds (1 kg) fresh figs
Juice of one lemon

Bring vinegar, ginger, allspice, mace and sugar to the boil, and simmer for 5 minutes. Push one clove into each fig and add figs to syrup. Return to the boil, then remove from heat. Allow to stand overnight.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer figs to sterilized jars. Reserve syrup.

Return syrup to the boil, add lemon juice, mix well and strain over figs to completely cover. Seal while hot.

You may use Balsamic vinegar if you don't have lemons.

The Dish: Strawberry Bruschetta

The Libido Boosting Ingredient(s): Strawberries strawberries libido boosting food

There's a good reason strawberries are a popular aphrodisiac food. High in Vitamin C - lush, fragrant strawberries' have long had a place in romance literature. it is a symbol of sensuality, representing a female nipple, the French used to give newlywed couples strawberry soup to increase their sexual desire. Who knows more about love than the French?

Prep Time: 10 Mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Ready In: 15 Mins

24 slices French baguette
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
1/4 cup white sugar, or as needed

1. Preheat your oven's broiler. Spread a thin layer of butter on each slice of bread. Arrange bread slices in a single layer on a large baking sheet.

2. Place bread under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes, just until lightly toasted. Spoon some chopped strawberries onto each piece of toast, then sprinkle sugar over the strawberries.

3. Place under the broiler again until sugar is caramelized, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

The Dish: Stuffed Bell Peppers

The Libido Boosting Ingredient(s): Garlic and Pine Nuts

This dish has a double whammy of ingredients, the Pine Nuts are rich in Zinc, and the garlic contains high levels of Allicin, a compound that can improve blood flow to the sexual organs. But note - just don't munch on big cloves of raw garlic! Allicin is only produced once garlic has been chopped as it is produced through an enzyme reaction. According to Session Magazine, garlic is the third most powerful aphrodisiac in the world.

Use different colored peppers with this stuffing flavored with onion, garlic, anchovies, raisins, pine nuts, and olives. It is a tantalizing mixture of salty, sweet, savory, and crunchy ingredients. It is served lukewarm, at room temperature.

&bull4 bell peppers of different colors

&bull4 Tablespoons, plus 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided use)

&bull1 medium white onion, finely diced

&bull2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

&bull1 Tablespoon Italian parsley, finely chopped

&bull4 anchovies, finely chopped

&bull2 ounces olives, pitted, drained, and finely ground

&bull6 Tablespoons bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).

Wash the bell peppers, cut them in half, and remove the seeds.

In a skillet, pour 4 tablespoons of the extra-virgin olive oil and turn heat to medium.

Saute the onion and garlic, until onion is soft and translucent. Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the parsley, anchovies, raisins, pine nuts, ground olives, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.

Fill the bell peppers with the mixture. Place the filled bell peppers side by side in an oiled oven pan. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the surface is golden.

Remove pan from the oven and let the stuffed peppers cool at room temperature. Serve lukewarm.

The Libido Boosting Ingredient(s): Vanilla

There is nothing plain about vanilla as a flavoring. The aroma is reported to soothe and stimulate the female libido. The Aztecs and Mayans knew about the euphoric effects on the brain. It was believed that vanilla made you hot, and ready for sex.

Cook Time: 20 Mins
Ready In: 30 Mins

1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup custard powder
3/4 cup cornstarch
5 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 dash vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Unfold puff pastry sheets, and place flat onto baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned and puffed. Set aside.

2. Combine the sugar, custard powder and cornstarch in a large saucepan. Mix in just enough milk to form a paste, then gradually mix in the rest. This will prevent lumps from forming. Add the butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until thick. You may need to use a whisk to ensure a smooth consistency. When the mixture comes to a simmer, cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the egg yolks and vanilla.

3. Line a 9 inch baking dish with aluminum foil. Place one of the baked pastry sheets in the bottom of the dish. Spread the custard filling in an even layer over the pastry, and top with the other sheet.

4. Mix the confectioners' sugar with 1 tablespoon of milk, and a dash of vanilla to make an icing. Spread over the top of the pastry. Refrigerate until the custard layer is firm. Remove from the pan and slice.

The Dish: Watermelon and Feta Salad with Arugula and Spinach

The Libido Boosting Ingredient(s): Arugula and Watermelon

Arugula, called the rocket seed has been used as far back as the first century A.D to improve male performance. This love drug contains trace minerals and antioxidants keep everything nice and tight from the inside out. Keeping anti libido bad guys from blocking your mojo.

Watermelon has the power of Viagra in its phytonutrients, citrulline. When citrulline converts to argenine, watch out!. The effects are a cheaper, healthier method to boost nitric oxide which relaxes blood vessels.

One note: citrulline is actually found in higher concentrations in watermelon rind than in the flesh, but there's still plenty citrulline in the delicious flesh to make eating it worthwhile.

Ready In: 20 Mins

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups arugula
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 cups bite sized watermelon chunks

1. Whisk the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, and salt together in a small bowl set aside.

2. Combine the arugula, spinach, onions, and tomatoes in a large salad bowl. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad mixture toss to coat. Add the feta cheese and watermelon to serve.

20 Best Foods for Your Libido

The best wingmen have been hiding in plain sight—your kitchen—all along.

You know the drill: Fill up on fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains—and lay off the stuff that clogs your arteries. But beyond these best-practice basics, by incorporating a few key foods into your meals, you can optimize your diet for some truly Aphrodite-level libido boosting. And chances are, you already have many of them—oatmeal, bananas, spinach, canned tuna—in your pantries and fridges at this very moment. So read on and eat on—and watch the sparks fly. And for more ways to make the most of your diet, learn the 20 Best Foods For Your Thyroid.

Heads up, fellas. A study in The Journal of Urology found that pomegranate juice slashed the risk of erectile dysfunction in rabbits. See the bartender at the Playboy Mansion for cocktail recipes. Or just learn the 20 Cocktails Everyone Should Know How to Make.


Ladies, rejoice. Scientists have pinpointed the perfect amount of wine for an instant libido boost: Two glasses, per research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. More than that didn't prove to bring on additional arousal—and in same cases actually had a diminishing effect. And for more reasons to kick back with a glass or two (as if you needed any), learn the 80 Amazing Health Benefits of Drinking Wine.

Shrimp is full of zinc, and leafy green vegetables are full of folate. Together, they can boost testosterone levels your libido will rise with it. Put another one on the barbie, and turn the heat up—way up. And while you're at the grill, learn the 15 Best Steak Marinade Recipes on the Planet.


Oats produce a chemical that releases testosterone into the blood supply, increasing sex drive and orgasm strength. Mix in some honey (see number six on this list) for an added boost. And if you're piqued about the additional benefits of a testosterone boost, learn everything you need to know about low-T therapy.


Spinach is a potent source of magnesium, which helps dilate blood vessels, according to Japanese researchers. That means you can count on smooth blood flow—which means men will experience stronger erections and women will find it easier to have an orgasm.


Men who consume at least 2,000 milligrams of Vitamin C a day improve their sperm counts and motility. Vitamin C also keeps sperm from clumping, so they have a better chance of reaching their destination.

Among the main reasons couples cut back—or, heaven forbid, stop—having sex is the age-old, "Not tonight, I'm tired." For women, a common cause of chronic fatigue is iron deficiency. Increase your iron levels by eating more steak and burgers. Stay healthy by only dishing out for grass-fed beef wherever possible: It has less fat and more heart-healthy omega-3s.


Honey's B vitamins aid the production of testosterone, and its boron content helps the body use estrogen, which is a key factor in proper blood flow and arousal. Sweet. And to add even more sugar to your life, be sure to check out the 10 Best Everyday Libido Boosters for Men.

The soluble fiber in blueberries ushers cholesterol through your digestive tract before it chokes your arteries. What's more, men will find compounds that improve circulation for a natural Viagra-like effect.


Like shrimp, pine nuts are loaded with zinc‚ which helps boost testosterone and sex drive. Break out the pesto. Put it on your pasta. Throw it in your eggs.

Apples are full of an antioxidant called quercetin, which helps improve endurance in bed among men. But women can also reap the sex-boosting benefits of apples, thanks to high natural levels of phytoestrogens, a compound that's been shown to increase pleasure during sex.

Yes, the myth holds up: Oysters are indeed an aphrodisiac. Like shrimp and pine nuts, nature's pearl is chock full of libido-boosting zinc.

Sweeten your love life by indulging in this sweet. Dark chocolate—anything 70-percent cacao or higher—is full of antioxidants that have been shown to slash stress and boost mood. What's more, according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dark chocolate relaxes arteries for increased blood flow. You do the math.


According to a study in the International Journal of Cardiology, just one teaspoon of ginger per week can help improve artery function—meaning that you'll get blood moving to all the right parts. So, next time you get sushi, don't skimp on the ginger.


High sodium levels will restrict blood flow to your nether region, ultimately dampening (and not in the good way) sex drive. The best way to reduce your sodium levels without culling your diet? Eat more potassium—a nutrient that bananas happen to be loaded with.

Like bananas, sweet potatoes are also a great source of potassium—which, again, helps spark fires between the sheets. But increasing your potassium intake can also help you look better naked by reducing the inevitable bloat that comes from consuming too much sodium.

Per research out of Harvard, Vitamin B12 deficiency reduces libido, causes chronic fatigue, and, among men, can bring about bouts of erectile dysfunction. Thankfully, you can get your B12 through a common grocery aisle item: Canned tuna, which happens to be among the top five sources of the stuff.


Whether it's a jalapeño or a habanero, spicy peppers are an excellent source of capsaicin, which replicates feelings of arousal—your heart rate increases, you start sweating—to the point where that replicated feeling could turn into the real deal. Just be sure to wash your hands after handling.


Getting a healthy, regular dose of garlic can help prevent the build up of plaque among artery walls, leading to improved blood flow. Small wonder that, according to legend, ancient Egyptians used the stuff as a ceremonial aphrodisiac.


Yes, avocados are a tried-and-true source of Vitamin B12 (and other B vitamins), but they're also full of healthy, monounsaturated fats. Both nutrients will help aid blood flow—all over your body. And for more ways to make your diet work for you, start eating the 30 Best Foods For Maximizing Your Energy Levels.

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22 Aphrodisiac Foods

Oysters have long been suspected as a love drug. Cleopatra and Casanova had one thing in common, they loved oysters. Legend has it that Casanova ate dozens of oysters per day. The Venetian romancer reportedly once seduced a vestal virgin by seductively sliding an oyster from his mouth to hers. If that doesn&apost get you in the mood, I don&apost know what will! In fact, current research proves our suspicion. Oysters improves dopamine levels which boosts libido in men and women. Oysters are also high in zinc which is vital for testosterone production and healthy sperm. 1

Precautions with using herbs to increase female libido.

The natural supplements reviewed above are included because they have been tested in randomized controlled trials, meaning they were compared with a placebo. This is key when evaluating libido since what happens between our ears is incredibly influential on our sex drive.

But it is important to put these studies into context – they are small studies, usually with fewer than 100 participants, and each herb for sex drive has best tested in only a handful of studies. That means you should recognize that, though they appear to be safe to use, we don’t know a lot about how long to take them, or if they are safe for everyone.

If you are dealing with decreased libido, a Parsley Health doctor can help you determine which natural libido supplement may be right for you and help rule out any more serious underlying issues that may be contributing to your low sex drive.

With that caution in mind, if you want to naturally increase your libido, manage that stress with some deep meditative breaths, set up a little romantic mood lighting and music, and, if your healthcare provider gives the okay, try one of these female libido supplements.

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Almonds contain zinc, selenium, and vitamin E, which are vitamins and minerals that seem to be important for sexual health and reproduction.

Selenium can help with infertility issues and, with vitamin E, may help heart health. Zinc is a mineral that helps produce men's sex hormones and can boost libido.

Blood flow is important for your sex organs, so choosing

good fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in almonds, is a good idea.

The Quick And Dirty Version Of The Libido Boosting Cocktail

If you don’t have the time to soak your nuts overnight and/or you don’t have a blender, the quick and dirty equivalent of this drink (as I make it) it as follows:

Put 1-2 tablespoons (each) of maca, pine pollen, Athletic Greens, collagen, and water (or store-bought almond milk) in a shaker bottle. Shake it all up until the powder’s have all dissolved. Grab it and go. Take it to the gym, or your business meeting, or wherever your sexy life takes you. No blender required.

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Greek mythology holds Zeus responsible for the creation of the artichoke. After being rejected by a beautiful young woman, the god turned his object of affection into a thorny and difficult thistle. Tough on the outside and soft on the inside, artichokes are well versed in the game of hard-to-get, but their history as an aphrodisiac is mostly due to folklore. Catherine de Medici, known for her insatiable appetite for both food and romance, brought artichokes to France when she married Henry II. 17th century French writer and sexologist Dr. Nicolas Venette reported that Swedish women who were feeling neglected in the bedroom would serve their husbands artichokes in an effort to increase their desire and stamina. Whether or not you believe in the romantic power of the artichoke, eating one certainly won’t hurt. They’re packed with healthy antioxidants and they’re delicious too!

From chocolate to oysters, here are some aphrodisiac foods to get you in the mood.

Chocolate: Cocoa contains phenylethylamine, a feel good chemical that makes sex seem appealing

The nutrient citrulline, found in watermelons can have a Viagra-like effect on the body as it boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels.

This is the same effect that Viagra has to treat erectile dysfunction.


We used to enjoy picking them off the bushes when we were younger and now these berries can keep bedroom boredom at bay. This phytochemical-rich food enhances both libido and sexual endurance.


Consuming too much coffee on a regular basis leads to over-stimulation of the adrenal glands, flooding the body with hormones normally produced in times of stress.

These hormones negatively impact libido and sexual performance. As an alternative, try ginseng tea which contains the ginsenoside compound that increases sexual satisfaction and can prevent erectile dysfunction.

These healthy nuts are said to act as a sexual stimulant and a fertility aid, so if you&rsquore trying for a baby, start snacking.

They are rich in nutrients and in several minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction, including zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. Zinc can also help enhance sexual desire.


Don&rsquot forget to bring this mouth-watering dessert on your next picnic.

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin B, which has been linked to high sperm counts in men.

Go one step further and coat them in chocolate, as it is full of libido-boosting methylxanthines.