a healthy Libido Is a sign of vital and balanced health. Of course, mother nature would have it that foods notorious for enhancing sex drive are also superfood heavy-hitters. You might be surprised to discover a few unsuspecting aphrodisiacs on this list that are already everyday staples…
Avocado: Turns out, everyone’s favorite toast topping has sex drive superfood status. We worship the avocado because it adds creamy deliciousness to everything while piling on the nutrients: vitamin E, potassium, vitamin and B6. But they are also jam-packed with monounsaturated fats which promote healthy heart circulation. Circulation means better blood flow. Healthy blood flow doesn’t stop at the heart, but it responsible for robust blood flow everywhere….Need we say more?
Oysters: There’s a reason these succulent crustaceans have long been on the top of every aphrodisiac food list. They’re loaded with a mineral that’s crucial in the production of testosterone, zinc. They also boast large amounts of the amino acid tyrosine, a nutrient that plays a part in the production of dopamine. Dopamine means good vibes and that equals good times. You know what we mean.
Cacao: Dark chocolate will always have its superfood moment with us for reducing inflammation, oxidative stress, cholesterol, insulin resistance, improving brain function… The list goes on. But what takes it to libido-enhancing levels is that it’s loaded with phenylethylamine, which releases serotonin, and this is what we produce when we’re in love. Cacao also contains methylxanthines, magnesium, antioxidant flavonoids, caffeine and anandamide, which may mimic the psychoactive effect of plant-derived cannabinoid drugs. To prove this all, there’s a Journal of Sex Medicine study that explains sexual desire and sexual pleasure increases in women after eating dark chocolate. Now you know why chocolate and Valentine’s Day are such a great match.
caviar: This tiny indulgence packs one of the most powerful superfood punches while also putting you in the mood. Caviar is loaded in vitamins, minerals and nutrients: vitamins A, E, B6, iron, magnesium, selenium and omega 3, which supports a healthy immune, circulatory and nervous system. But this high-fat delicacy also supports the stimulation of testosterone, the primary male hormone responsible for enhancing the libido. Fish roe contains the amino acid l-arginine, which is a vascular dilator that helps increase blood flow. As the saying goes healthy blood flow, healthy sex organs, healthy sex life.
Maca : We’ve been putting this sweet root in everything from smoothies to coffee, but in South America, it’s commonly used to boost fertility, even going by the nickname “the Peruvian Viagra.” Maca is one of the few popular natural aphrodisiacs that’s actually backed by science. Four high-quality studies reported that participants experienced enhanced sexual desire after they consumed maca.
Cayenne pepper: This pepper is a hottie. Ever wonder why we use the words ‘hot’ and ‘spicy’ when talking about anything having to do sex? Spicy foods are notorious for promoting blood flow to tissues. Capsaicin is the phytochemical in cayenne that sets vasodilation in motion by lowering blood pressure and stimulating the release of nitric oxide. Blood vessels widen. Blood flows more easily. Improved oxygen-rich blood flow to all body parts means a boost to sexual function. It also may contribute to testosterone levels as well as increase sex drive and boost libido among men. Add a bit of spice to date night drinks and meals.