10 Libido Enhancing Foods & Recipes

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… Are you ready?

Maybe you’re excitedly anticipating the evening magic and quite frankly, who are we to object? But for a night to remember (especially if you’ve been assigned the task of cooking) you may want to consider some libido enhancing foods.

Experiment, indulge, enjoy!

1. Ginseng

Ginseng root is used in the treatment of many ailments but what can ginseng do for your sex life? In an extensive study on aphrodisiac foods, ginseng won hands down, appearing to improve  overall sex drive and performance.

Ginseng Chcken Soup
(Photo by Maangchi)

You could do a lot worse than starting with this Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup.

2. Garlic

Some refer to garlic as a ‘super food’ because of the many health benefits packed in a small bulb. Garlic is also thought to improve sexual stamina because it is high in the compound allicin, which increases blood flow and dilates blood vessels.

(photo by Jeff Koehler)
(photo by Jeff Koehler)

Forget the smell! Try this healthy, spicy traditional Maroccon vegetable mix of eggplant, tomatoes and garlic.

3. Saffron

The expensive red threaded herb saffron, contains antioxidants. Those are believed to be responsible for increasing sexual desire and arousal. According to studies blood flow to sexual organs increases after consuming the spice.

(Photo Jono & Jules)
(Photo Jono & Jules)

Want to add saffron to your menu? Try this healthy vegetarian Spanish paella.

4. Shellfish

Some say oysters are good for your libido because of their slippery texture and their suggestive shape. However a lot of shellfish are high in zinc, an essential compound for the production of testosterone which may explain the libido link more. Crab, oysters, mussels and clams are top choices for Valentine’s.

(Photo by Bon Appetit)
(Photo by Bon Appetit)

Clams, mussels and cockles…. And garlic. What a great aphrodisiac dish! Surprise your loved one with this French ‘Shellfish and potatoes à la marinière’ healthy recipe

5. Watermelon

The red watery fruit has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to blood vessels and may even increase libido. Watermelon helps improve blood flow to the tissue of men and women responsible for increasing arousal. Ensure a watermelon or two makes it onto the grocery list!

Watermelon Popsicles
(Photo by The Inspired Room)

Get licking! With these easy to make watermelon popsicles for example.

6. Nutmeg

In many Asian countries, nutmeg is used as an alternative medicine. It’s also thought to help increase sexual activity. One experiment showed found study participants who’d consumed nutmeg had a significant rise in sexual activity.

Armenian Nutmeg Cake
(Photo by Including Cake)

try this Armenian nutmeg cake.

7. Cloves

Cloves are aromatic flower buds of a tree native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia and have been used as anaphrodisiac since ancient times. Experiments with rats showed that it has a positive effect on general mating behaviour, libido and potency.

Poached Pears with cloves
(Photo by Sainsbury’s)

Why not try this dessert of poached peers with cloves?

8. Ginger

Ginger is one of the most widely used and readily available herbal remedies, with billions of people using it every day in cooking and as medicine. Ginger is thought to help mimic how the body feels during sex and, like shellfish, ginger also contains zinc, which helps the production of testosterone.

Pickled Ginger
(Photo by Vietworldkitchen)

Want to ramp up your cooking? Try making your own sushi with these homemade Japanse Ginger Pickles.

9. Ambergis

This one won’t be easy to find. Ambergis is produced in the digestive system of sperm whales and may take years to form with just 1% of sperm whales producing ambergis. The odds of locating any ambergris decrease further as it will then likely be destroyed by waves after years of floating on the ocean. Back to the drawing board then…

10. The best aphrodisiac

There are a lot of theories about aphrodisiac foods. Joking aside, whether eating tasty, nourishing foods will actually improve your sex life remains to be seen but certainly eating fish, ginger and garlic will do you no harm.

Keeping an eye on all aspects of your health – eating, resting and exercise well –  will have a massive knock-on effect to your bedroom activity, though, that’s for sure.

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  1. Amazing judith

    1. Thanks! Hope this post helps!

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