Written by Jessica Shelburne
When we need energy, we eat food rich in protein. When we feel sad, we flock to sweet desserts, but what do we consume when we want to boost our sex drive? The answer: aphrodisiac food.
Aphrodisiac foods contain high amounts of nutrients that encourage sexual instinct and desire. Whether the food promotes blood circulation throughout the body, muscle relaxation, or enhanced senses, aphrodisiac foods are one of the most natural ways to increase bedroom performance. The following aphrodisiac foods have been considered the best to consume in order to get it goin’.
Pomegranates are classified as one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs due their amount of antioxidants. The pomegranate is a common symbol of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and has also been accepted by some as the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, not the apple. Other foods high in antioxidants include asparagus and strawberries.
Pumpkin seeds are not only rich in magnesium and zinc which boost (and replaces) testosterone and estrogen production, but also in omega-3 fatty acids which are incredibly beneficial for sexual health. The scent of pumpkin itself has also been shown to encourage sexual desire in both men and women. Other foods high in omega-3 are salmon and avocado.
Chocolate is an undeniable aphrodisiac due to its high concentration of phenylalanine – a chemical that boosts energy and feelings of happiness. Chocolate is historically known as a food suggestive for love and lust. As if we needed more reasons to eat chocolate. Other foods containing phenylalanine and similar compounds are legumes and cheese.
Watermelon heightens sexual arousal with its phytonutrient citrulline, which relaxes vessels and allows for increased blood circulation. These are the main effects caused by Viagra and other similar medications. Beyoncé’s reference to watermelon in her song ‘Drunk in Love’ makes a bit more sense now, right? Other foods high in citrulline include oranges and honey.