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15 Aphrodisiacs That Are Proven To Boost Your Libido

Top 15 Aphrodisiacs Guaranteed to Get You in the Mood

Food and sex, two things that have kept civilization going for thousands of years, are more intertwined than you know. From date nights to late nights what you eat impacts your sex life, in fact, some foods are natural libido boosters. Aphrodisiacs, named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, are foods that spike your sexual urges. We took a look at aphrodisiacs for ourselves to see if these libido-boosting foods actually work, and which ones work the best.

Do Aphrodisiacs Actually Work?

There have been many studies tied to the effectiveness of some foods to increase your libido. According to the Mayo Clinic, the research usually shows that these foods do not produce a sexual response, but natural supplements have shown to have better results. Unless the foods you are putting in your body are toxic there is no harm in trying an aphrodisiac for yourself and testing the results.

Types of Aphrodisiacs

Most aphrodisiacs fall into one of three categories:

  1. Aphrodisiacs that help boost your libido.
  2. Those that increase your sexual potency.
  3. Those that enhance your sexual pleasure.

Each aphrodisiac is able to do one (or more) of the above.

Top 15 Strongest Aphrodisiacs

The science is still undecided on the effectiveness of aphrodisiacs. There are aphrodisiacs that we do know work through scientific testing. Let’s take a look at 16 aphrodisiacs that do work.

1. Tribulus Terrestris

Increase Sexual Potency

Tribulus Terrestris is a plant that people claim increases your testosterone, boosts libidos, and helps with urinary tract health. You can find Tribulus in capsules, pills, powder, and many other forms. Research into the Tribulus’ aphrodisiac effects has shown the plant to be effective.

2. Maca

Boost Libido

Maca, made from a Peruvian root plant, proved to boost male libidos and decrease sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women. You can buy maca in powder form, and it goes well in a latte! Maca is safe to consume unless you have a thyroid issue or are pregnant or breastfeeding.

3. Safed Musli

Increase Sexual Potency

Safed Musli is a rare herb from India, so getting your hands on it may be difficult. If you are able to get your hands on “the herbal viagra” it has scientifically confirmed effects on boosting libidos and improving male sexual health.

4. Mondia Whitei

Increase Sexual Potency

Mondia Whitei is an African root plant that treats many ailments, including sexual dysfunction. This root is also tough to get your hands on, but it will improve your appetite and libido. With that in mind, it could be perfect for a long night of food and fun.

5. Saffron

Boost Libido

Saffron, a spice derived from a flower, is likely the first of these ingredients that you are familiar with, especially if you are a fan of Indian cuisine. The spice increases both sex drive and sexual function. Scientists have even tested Saffron as a treatment for infertility, though it did not prove to be effective in that area.

6. Asian Ginseng

Increase Sexual Potency

Ginseng is sometimes referred to as the “King of all herbs”. People use the herb as an aphrodisiac and to treat erectile dysfunction. People also use the royal herb to enhance their sexual behavior. Ginseng’s effectiveness as an aphrodisiac has been the subject of tests, where the herb has proven to be a powerful libido booster. 

7. Flax Seeds

Enhance Sexual Pleasure

The effectiveness of flax seeds as an aphrodisiac is a hot topic. Some believe flax seeds are a libido and sexual potency killer. Others believe that the phytoestrogens in flax seeds can lead to a healthier sex life for post-menopausal women. There was even a study done to see if flax seed consumption could morph your penis! Science now recognizes the effects that flax seeds have as a sexual pleasure enhancer, especially in postmenopausal women.

8. Oysters

Boost Libido

You’ve probably heard that oysters make our libidos go wild. The connection between oysters and sex goes all the way back to Casanova in the 18th century, who famously enjoyed oysters and sex. Over the years the connection between sex and oyster has loomed, but the science behind it has not been as clear. For now, it looks as if oysters may be an aphrodisiac placebo, but that’s enough for your next wild night.

9. Chocolate

Boost Libido

Chocolate has always had close ties to sex, but when it comes to scientifically increasing your libido and making sex more enjoyable the results are less consistent. Studies on women’s libidos and chocolate intake show no real correlation. Though the jury is still out on whether chocolate is a libido, it could be exactly what you need for a fun and sexy date night.

10. Watermelon

Increase Sexual Potency

At 92% water, the focus for watermelon is on what is in the other 8%. Studies show watermelon has been able to help relax blood vessels, which in turn can improve blood flow – which in turn increases arousal. Watermelon may be that natural aphrodisiac that you’ve been looking for.

11. Chili Peppers

Boost Libido

Spicy – Chili peppers are sure to keep things hot by bringing your heart rate up, which replicates the lustful excitement you get from sex. Between the heat and the capsaicin, chilis are a real aphrodisiac that will help keep your sex life hot! 

12. Nutmeg

Increase Sexual Potency

Too much nutmeg can leave you with nutmeg intoxication, but can the right amount leave you with a sexual boost? Turns out nutmeg does work as an aphrodisiac, especially for women, some even call it “Viagra for women”.

13. Garlic

Increase Sexual Potency

From stopping vampires to fighting the common cold, there is rarely an obstacle you can’t get over with a little bit of garlic. It may not surprise you to hear that garlic can also improve your sex life. By boosting your blood flow garlic acts as a potential aphrodisiac, and improves your sexual potency.

14. Apples

Enhance Sexual Pleasure

An apple a day may make your sex life stay. Apples have many of the same effects that chocolate has on your blood flow, and can stimulate arousal. Studies conducted have shown that eating apples can lead to a higher Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI).

15. Asparagus

Increase Sexual Potency

Asparagus is a vegetable kids tend to avoid, but it may be something parents start flocking towards. The high amounts of vitamin E in asparagus acts as an aphrodisiac, though you may have to eat a lot of asparagus to notice any change. Not only is it healthy to eat your veggies but it could save your sex life.

Trying Aphrodisiacs

Now that you know the most powerful aphrodisiacs, from the widely known to the more obscure, you can start testing them out. Always make sure you are consuming the libido booster safely, and have fun. Sex is all about exploration, and understanding for yourself how different foods impact your sex life can help you make the most of your sex life.

For another article about sexual and relationship exploration check out: How to Open Up a Conversation Around Consensual Non-Monogamy.

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