Prescription pills are a pain, AND expensive. Herbal supplements are great, but can sometimes cause unwanted side effects. Plus, what if you want to create a comprehensive libido boost using the aforementioned products, plus a little something extra… or go in a completely different direction, and enhance your libido without using either of these things?
For centuries, the jury’s been out relative to the use of aphrodisiacs like Spanish fly, Rhino Horn, and similarly questionable ingredient – but what most don’t know is that many food you can easily get at the grocery store can boost your sex drive in a snap! We’re not simply talking about suggestive looking food that are commonly claimed to get you in the mood, the vitamins, proteins, and natural chemical compounds in these aphrodisiac foods can stimulate a lame libido, enhance your mood, and rouse your mind and body to help you achieve your greatest sexual functioning. Below we’ll outline 10 food you may not have known were aphrodisiacs, but that can have a big impact on the mind and body by triggering the release of chemicals in the brain and stimulating the sex organs.
Although it’s unassuming, watermelon has been found to contain the powerful phytonutrient citrulline which, like Viagra, relaxes blood vessels and encourages blood flow to the genitals. Inside of the body citrulline creates an increase in nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels to speed up and increase circulation, and help you become more aroused in less time. Watermelon is also a great natural sources of lycopene, which is essential for heart health but is also beneficial for prostate health.
Salmon is an excellent source of natural protein, which helps to increases sexual stamina. Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which keep sex-hormone production at its peak. This tasty fish also provides a serious dose of A, D, B vitamins, as well as calcium, all of which are known for being great libido lifters.
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Hot chilis contain a chemical compound called Capsaicin, which increases circulation and blood flow, and also stimulates nerve endings so you’ll feel more sensitive, and subsequently more turned on. Capsaicin has also been known to act as a natural pain killer!
While cheese may not seem like the sexiest of all food items, cheese is packed with phenylethylamine, a feel good chemical that helps produce endorphins in the brain, and encourages feeling of sensuality and well being. Additionally, like other protein-rich foods, cheese promotes dopamine production. Dopamine influences alertness and reaction time, both of which are great qualities to have in the sack! Most interestingly, research has indicated that the scent of cheese can also cause an aphrodisiac sensation. In Scents and Sensuality, Dr. Max Lake discusses his informal findings that the scents of certain cheeses, ripe triple creams like brie in particular, are similar to that of human pheromones and have the ability to turn on both sexes!
Unlike many of the food on this list, which create an aphrodisiac effect by eating the food, Licorice is an effective aphrodisiac for men simply by smelling the food! The Smell and Taste Treatment & Research Foundation in Chicago, conducted a study that examined how various smelled stimulated sexual arousal. They found that the scent of black licorice increased the blood flow to the penis by 13 percent!
Avocados are packed with Vitamin E, which helps your body produce sex hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, which circulate in your bloodstream and stimulate sexual responses like clitoral swelling and vaginal lubrication. Avocados also deliver a kick of beta carotine, potassium, and magnesium, all of which are essential to sexual health.
Chocolate, or more specifically cacao, contains phenylethylamine and serotonin, which are both euphoria inducing chemicals. They occur naturally in our bodies and are released by our brains when we are happy or feeling loving or passionate, and adding a little chocolate to the mix will only increase these loving and lusty feelings. While these chemicals wont get your blood pumping or make you more sensitive in the same way as some of our other examples, these feel good ingredients will boost your mood and help you be more receptive to sex. Be sure to choose dark chocolates that contain at least 65 percent cacao for maximum effect!
Bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, which are said to be necessary for sex-hormone production, and can also give you a quick boost of energy to increase you sexual stamina. The potassium in bananas is also key to great muscle strength and control, which can lead to firmer erections in men, and stronger vaginal orgasms in women! In the long-term, bananas are also great at regulating blood pressure, which is important because high blood pressure can lead to erectile disfunction!
Eggs are a reliable source of L-arginine, which when acted upon by enzymes in your body increase production of nitric oxide. This nitric oxide is produced similarly to that provided by the compounds in watermelon, and has the same effect: The nitric oxide produced by eating eggs opens blood vessels and capillaries, and increases blood flow to the genitals. The protein in eggs also helps with stamina, and the B5 and B6 in eggs relieve stress and balance hormones.
Pomegranates have long been known as an ideal source of powerful antioxidants, but what most pomegranate lover dont know is that these antioxidants are great for sexual health too. The antioxidants help maintain healthy blood flow, and Researchers have even found that drinking pomegranate juice can lift testosterone levels in the bodies of men AND women by up to 30%- which increases sexual desire and makes both sexes feel friskier!