Top 15 Foods for Boosting Libido

  • Written by Alicia Drewnicki
  • February 14, 2018
  • 5 min read
Libido boosting foods

Did you know that there are certain foods that possess the power to boost your libido? Typically referred to as ‘aphrodisiacs’ – they’re named after the ancient Greek goddess of Love – Aphrodite.

Many of us have heard of oysters being a popular aphrodisiac, but have you ever wondered what other libido-enhancers you can find in your kitchen? From pumpkin seeds, to blueberries, to bananas, and watermelons, here’s our guide to 15 amazing libido-enhancing foods to get you in the mood for love…


1. Cocoa

Cocoa not only tastes delicious, but it makes us feel good too! It contains the stimulant phenylethylamine, a natural endorphin that also increases libido. It’s also rich in magnesium which helps us relax, and tryptophan (which is a building block of the neurotransmitter serotonin). Try snacking on a couple of squares of dark chocolate or adding cacao nibs to smoothies or baking. You could also try our smoothie The Choc Banana Sundae.

Choc

 

2. Celery

Celery contains the hormone androsterone, which is a naturally-occuring steroid that is released through male perspiration and has been shown to act as a pheromone. It also contains arginine, which expands blood vessels in a way similar to Viagra. You can try guacamole with celery sticks for a tasty snack, or add it into soups and stews.

Celery aphrodisiac

 

3. Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of zinc, which boosts testosterone levels, so they’re great for sex drive in both men and women. Pumpkin seeds are delicious toasted as a snack, or added to salads. We love adding them to our smoothies and you can find them in Simply The Zest. 

pumpkin seed

 

 

4. Artichokes

Artichokes were treasured by the Ancient Romans for their aphrodisiac properties. This may be due to the fact that artichokes are rich in magnesium which increases the production of sex hormones. Jarred artichokes are a great salad ingredient, and they also taste great on pizza.

Artichokes

 

 

5. Almonds

Almonds are another great libido-enhancing food as they are high in zinc which increases hormone production and essential fatty acids which balance your overall hormones. Try almond nut butter on toast for breakfast, or enjoy an Honestly Good team favourite – The Almond Tart One.

Almonds aphrodisiac

 

 

6. Blueberries

Blueberries are a great source of B Vitamins which are essential for hormone balance. They can be added to porridge, yoghurt or smoothies. Get inspiration for a blueberry-rich smoothie by checking out our smoothie recipe for “Morgenfrisk”.

Blueberry

 

 

7. Avocados

Avocados are packed full of nutrients for optimal sex drive such as essential fatty acids, folic acid and vitamin B6. Mashed avocados are delicious on toast, or you could try them in a simple herbed salad like this.

 

Avocados

 

 

8. Chili peppers

Chili peppers contain capsaicin which increases blood flow to the sex organs, increases your metabolism, and speeds up your heart rate. Curries and stir-fry dishes are a great way to incorporate more spices into your diet.

Chili pepper

 

 

9. Bananas

Bananas are high in the enzyme bromelain which has been shown to boost libido.  They’re also a great source of potassium, which is critual for muscle contraction. Add to smoothies or porridge or enjoy as a snack.

Banana aphrodisiac

 

 

10. Watermelon

Watermelons have been discovered to have ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the human body’s blood vessels, by relaxing them and improving blood flow to sex organs. Why not try a refreshing watermelon salad with mint and feta, or as a cooling drink?

watermelons

 

11. Maca

Maca is a vegetable that’s native to Peru, and it’s thought to boost energy, libido, and sexual function. An easy way to consume it is through maca root powder, which tastes great added to smoothies.

Maca root powder

 

 

12. Garlic

Garlic contains allicin which is great for increasing blood flow (which can make people more sensitive to touch), and overall cardiovascular wellness. A trusty kitchen staple – add garlic to curries, stir fries, or pasta sauces.
garlic for health

 

13. Pine Nuts

Pine nuts are praised for being an ancient aphrodisiac. This could be due to their high zinc content, which is needed for the production of testosterone. Fun fact – women with higher levels of testosterone have also been found to have higher sex drives. Get pine nuts into your diet in an easy way by eating authentic pesto that’s packed full of pine nuts.

Pine nuts

 

14. Spinach

Spinach is high in magnesium which increases blood flow in the body, and also helps decrease inflammation. This increase in blood flow makes it the perfect libido-boosting vegetable, that’s great for your health too! We add spinach to our smoothie “The Mint Choc Chip One”. 

spinach

 

15. Asparagus

Asparagus has high levels of folate which controls the production of histamine – a chemical that is released in your body during an orgasm. Fun Fact: In the 19th century, French grooms were fed three plates of asparagus before their wedding to increase their sex drive. If you’re looking to get more asparagus into your dishes, why not try grilling them with lemon juice and chilli flakes?

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So that’s it – 15 tasty and healthy ingredients to spice up your love life and boost libido.
If you enjoyed this, you might also like: Foods to Support Mental Wellbeing

Written by
Alicia Drewnicki
Head of Content at The Honestly Good Smoothie Co.
Favourite smoothie: The Almond Tart One
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