Sometimes, you just need a little something to get you in the mood. After all, sex – whether it’s solo or with a partner – is part of our natural biological needs. It has countless health benefits. So let’s have a look at some of the aphrodisiac foods you need in your life.
Mmm chocolate! Chocolate is a natural source of feel-good chemicals that can help you relax and get into the mood. It also contains compounds that enhance blood flow and circulation throughout the body. And hey – it tastes good, so why not indulge? The darker the chocolate, the greater the benefits.
Dose as preferred – I’m not going to tell you how much chocolate to eat!
Known as the Peruvian Viagra, this root vegetable is commonly touted as a superfood. There is research to support its ability to boost libido in animal and human studies. For those using anti-depressants,one study has supported restoring libido lost due to medication use.
Start off with small doses of 1/4-1/2 tsp per day, particularly if you have hormonal imbalances.
Boys, listen up – pistachios may become your favourite nut! This morsel of yummy is packed full of fibre, protein and healthy fats.But it can also increase blood flow to the penis, leading to a firmer erection. This is thanks to pistachio’s blood flow boosting properties.
The dose used in the study is 100g of pistachios per day. But even a handful each day can provide plenty of benefits.
Of the aphrodisiac foods, this is by far the priciest. But saffron makes up for it, particularly for those with low libido due to anti-depressant use. Both men and women have reported a boost in libido after using saffron. It can also boost mood, ease stress and help with depression.
Use as much or as little as you can afford.
This herb is widely available as a tea, and has plenty of health benefits. When it comes to libido, the main benefit seems to be boosting circulation and relaxing blood vessels. It can also help with stress, which is a major cause of low libido. Both women and men can benefit from including ginkgo.
Enjoy a couple of cups of ginkgo tea per day. Some blends combine ginkgo with green tea, so it’s even healthier!
Note: Ginkgo shouldn’t be taken by those using blood thinners without medical supervision.
Side note: many people think that alcohol is an aphrodisiac. Although it can have a slight benefit thanks to lowered inhibitions, it can reduce sexual function and arousal in high doses. When I want a small dose, I love Herbal Lore Liqueurs. Their Midnight Desire liqueur is made using damiana, which is a traditional aphrodisiac herb.
Which are your favourite aphrodisiac foods? Share below!
It’s no secret that raw chocolate is my favourite – quick, someone go and tell my partner to bring me some for Valentine’s Day!