Aphrodisiacs are the supposed foods, flowers, and textures that can put you in the mood for sex. The jury is still out on whether aphrodisiacs even exist in any real way, but we have to wonder if there’s any truth to it.
Can you add dark chocolate to your diet and suddenly be more sexually attractive? Are there foods that can help you have a better sex life? If I eat this strawberry will I become a wanton sex goddess?
Alisa Vitti, a certified nutritionist and founder of Flo Living, says that using the word aphrodisiac can be a bit misleading. People often think that if they have oysters or strawberries at dinner they’ll magically see their libido spike later that same evening. But, turns out, it doesn't work instantly.
“For people who are healthy, eating these foods can in fact give a lift to libido. However, for people who are dealing with excess weight, handling hormonal imbalances like PMS, or taking medications for mood or birth control, they'll need to do a little deeper food work to regain their balance overall,” Vitti tells Brides.
At the end of the day, if you introduce certain foods into a healthy diet, for an extended period of time you might be able to see improvements in your sex life. Here are six foods that can help.
Are you a fan of smothering your morning yogurt with a heaping spoonful of honey? You might be in luck. Vitti tells us that this magical golden elixir of life has a lot of potential for boosting sex drive. Vitti says that honey “contains boron, which helps regulate your hormones, plus nitric oxide, which is released naturally during arousal.”
This means that honey can keep you balanced and promotes some of the natural chemicals your body releases when you’re getting turned on. We suggest adding a spoonful of honey to your morning or post-gym smoothie for an extra boost.
Walnuts are an unlikely sex-drive booster, but they are definitely on the list. One of the most important parts of healthy sexual arousal is proper blood flow. When you’re aroused, blood flows to the pelvic region, sparking natural lubrication of the vagina and sensitivity of the clitoris.
Walnuts contain omega 3s and arginine, two incredible ingredients “that increase production of nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow,” Vitti says. Walnuts make a great addition to any salad, so go ahead and be generous the next time you’re making a healthy dinner. Your blood vessels (and your clitoris) will thank you!
Since you’re already making a salad with some walnuts, throw some watermelon in there too. Watermelon contains citrulline, another proponent of nitric oxide.
With your walnut and watermelon combination, you have both your sweet and savory flavors AND extra blood flow for Queen V. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, we suggest cutting up watermelon and eating it off your partner's body. Juicy.
(Just be careful none of your watermelon pieces (or juice) get inside the vagina. The natural sugars in watermelon can spurn the overgrowth of yeast, leading to a vaginal infection, and nobody wants that.)
Strawberries are often served with champagne, as they are a “well-known aphrodisiac.” If you have doubts about the whole premise, that’s fair, but Vitti says the tale of the Strawberry That Sparked an Erection actually has merit. “The seeds contain zinc, which boosts available testosterone, essential for both men and women's libido,” she explains.
If strawberries aren't your thing, munch on figs and raspberries, which also have the same benefits as zinc.
Turns out us millennials were on to something with the avo toast obsession. Adding avocado as a regular part of your diet can help you maintain a stable, relaxed mood as well as boost testosterone.
Avocados are packed with omega 3s. And without a healthy balance of omega 3s, you’re kind of screwed (and not in a good way).
If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in luck. Chocolate is regularly mentioned on the regular rotation of aphrodisiac foods, and it would a appear it has every right to be. Chocolate “contains a compound that increases both endorphins and dopamine to make you feel happy,” Vitti says. Dopamine, the brain’s reward chemical, plays a pivotal role during arousal and orgasm—chocolate makes you happy; orgasms make you happy; the two things go hand in hand.
Be sure you stick with dark chocolate (72 percent cacao and higher) to avoid excess sugar consumption.
What to stay away from:
Vitti also shared what we should stay the heck away from: sugar, alcohol, fried foods, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and regular sodas. She says these foods “will mess with your blood sugar, your neurotransmitters, and your hormones, and leave you feeling cranky, bloated, and uninterested.”
The other culprit? Canola oil. “It’s in everything, and it raises your levels of omega 6 fatty acids, which crowds out room in your cells for health-promoting omega 3 fatty acids,” Vitti says.
See more: The Brides 30-Day Wellness Plan