Dark chocolate and raw oysters historically hold the claim to fame as aphrodisiacs. However, it seems that many whole fruits and vegetables and a few spices are giving these two some competition in the bedroom.
An aphrodisiac is a substance that is purported to increase the libido. Luckily, for us healthy juicers and raw food eaters, there are plenty of fruits and vegetables that will naturally enhance sexual desire in both men and women.
Enjoy this list of libidinous foods, juice them up in interesting combinations and let us know how it goes! With both the recipe and the, ahem. . . well, you know. . .
Food and Sex: A Winning Combination
Almonds contain essential fatty acids which assist in the production and regulation of male hormones. Almond lore says that the smell of these delectable treats arouse a woman’s passion. Almonds have a long and distinguished history as a sexual stimulate and stimulating fertility. Click here for additional nutritional information on almonds.
Asparagus contains a massive amount of Vitamin E, which has a reputation as being the “sex vitamin”. A solid dose of Vitamin E will boost the libido in both men and women. It’s suggested that for the most advantageous effect, eat asparagus for three days prior to sexual engagement (or just eat a lot of asparagus regularly and go with the spontaneity!)
Avocado contains a large dose of folic acid and vitamin B6 which together increases the production and regulation of testosterone. Eating avocado can increase the sexual drive in both men and women. Add an avocado to a smoothie, a juice, or eat it raw out of the skin. In avocado lore, the Aztecs called the tree ahuacatl, or “testicle tree”! If you’re watching your weight, be wary of eating large amounts of avocado since they are high in calories. Excess weight can lower your libido.
Bananas contain an enzyme called bromelain, which stimulates the male libido. Bananas also contain riboflavin and potassium which helps to convert carbs into raw energy and, like the avocado, increases sex hormone production.
Basil is a powerful herb that produces a general sense of well-being in both mind and body. Basil increases circulation when eaten. And when smelled, basil can also increase the sex drive. They say that the oil from this plant was used as a perfume by prostitutes to attract customers back in the day!
Blueberries and their antioxidant power can increase your sexual stamina. So while it may not increase your drive, they will certainly keep your drivetrain on course once you’re on the road!
Cardamom is an aromatic spice known to increase sexual stimulation rapidly. It is said to be especially helpful in treating male impotence. Caramom contains cineole, a nervous system stimulant (think of your brain as your biggest sex organ), and is also thought to increase blood flow to certain parts of the body.
Celery is an unassuming vegetable that’s two-fold in it’s usefulness for both sexes. Celery contains the male hormone called androsterone. This substance is released through male perspiration. Yes, I’m talking about pheromones!
Men, by eating celery, you’ll increase the potency of your pheromones and attract those who may be sniffing for your particular brand of chemicals. As a result, women who eat celery are more ‘in the mood’ than ever for sexual connection.
Meet For A Drink: Banana, Almond, and Cardamom Smoothie
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 1 cup unsweetened, almond milk. Choose an organic brand or make your own.
- 1 tbs raw, unsalted almond butter
- ½ to 1 tsp cardamom
- Honey or agave nectar to taste
Mix everything up in a blender and enjoy! Alternatively, blend your smoothie and heat it up a bit to serve it warm and cuddle up next to your partner. Don’t forget to make enough for two!