With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air… or at least lust. Boost your libido with the following foods and make this Valentine’s Day extra special.
The Food – Arousal Connection
Your libido is affected primarily by your hormone levels, especially testosterone. If your hormones are out of balance, you may feel it in a lack of arousal and general desire. Testosterone production is dependent on three key nutrients:
- Vitamin E and
- Vitamin B
As we age, our need for these libido-boosting nutrients increases. Adding a few key foods to your diet can make a big difference in the bedroom.
Oysters: The Original Arousal Food
For thousands of years, people have believed oysters are a potent aphrodisiac. Although this belief may have originated from the oyster shape resembling female genitalia, these delicious mollusks are also quite high in zinc. As noted earlier, zinc is key to testosterone production. Raw oysters also contain high levels of N-methyl-D-aspartate and D-aspartic acid, both of which have been shown to increase testosterone levels.
Avocados not only contain high levels of folic acid, which helps your body metabolize proteins, but they also contain vitamin B6, a testosterone building vitamin. For women, avocados are high in potassium, which help regulate the thyroid gland and enhance arousal levels in your partner.
Asparagus is a great source for that testosterone producing vitamin E. Vitamin E is also a great libido enhancer for women, as well as men.
The phallic shape of the banana is one of the reasons this fruit became a popular aphrodisiac. However, it’s arousal enhancing benefits go beyond its physical shape. Bananas contain high levels of riboflavin (a vitamin B) for testosterone, as well as potassium for a libido boost for the ladies. Additionally, bananas contain a bromelain enzyme, which has also been reported to have positive effects on the libido.
Hot peppers get their “hot” from a chemical known as capsaicin. Ingesting capsaicin produces similar physical responses as sexual arousal, such as:
- Increased heart rate,
- Rapid breathing, and
Capsaicin also increases blood flow, an important effect for increased sexual arousal.