Throughout history certain foods have been held in high esteem for their sex enhancing properties.
It may be hard to imagine that certain foods can impact on your libido- for better or for worse, but it is a fact that some foods can jump-start things in the bedroom department.
“Certain plants in cultures across the world have played an important role in enhancing libido, lovemaking and fertility,”says nutritionist and author Juliette Bryant from Juliette’s Kitchen. Her new book, Superfoods & How To Use Them, explores ancient uses of certain foods combined with modern scientific research and personal testimony of the benefits of these Superfoods not only to the libido, but also overall health.
So,without further ado, here are the foods you should be eating to turbo charge your sex life:
Heart Opening, Bliss Creating, Food Of Love Chocolate has long been known as the food of love, in fact it is a legendary aphrodisiac. The Mayan king reputedly drank a vat of a special cacao drink to keep him active for his 300-strong harem! Cacao (raw chocolate) is abundant in nutrients such as a chemical called anandamide (the bliss chemical), and theobromine which both enhances brain function helping us to feel good. Being in a good state of mind is something that is vital for joyful lovemaking. Cacao is the most bio-available source of magnesium, making it useful for the heart, brain and hormonal health, and magnesium is a common mineral people are deficient in. We must remember nutrient deficiency leads to poor performance (and ill-health). Providing the body with the best fuel is essential if you want to perform at your best.
Please note that many of the beneficial nutrients of cacao are destroyed in the roasting process and when dairy and refined sugar are added. It is best to have it raw, now widely available in powered form, in chocolate creations, smoothies or cakes to get the most out of this amazing food.
(suggested recipe – Raw Chocolate Mouse)
Energizing, Natural Viagra.
This Peruvian superfood is a powerful root vegetable and this might make your lower areas grow as well. When discovered by the Spanish invaders they soon found it gave great strength, endurance and sexual potency, hence its name, ‘the Spanish Viagra’. Nowadays it is taken in powdered form for hormonal health, rich in B vitamins to balance the nervous system and increase sexual function. Great added to a smoothie or in raw chocolates and consumed 30 minutes before lovemaking.
Note. Seek advice before taking if pregnant.
(suggested recipe – Supercharged Hot Chocolate)
Boosts Stamina, Strength & Performance.
This is the most popular herb in Chinese Medicine and is widely used around the world. Ginseng is famous for its ability to increase energy levels, physical stamina, cognitive function and sexual potency. Like many of the superfoods here it relaxes the muscles and improves blood flow to the genitals. It also improves circulation. Obviously these things are important when we are about to make love. If you are planning a night out or a night in this is a great accompaniment. Great blended into a smoothie or added to a love punch.
Note: Not to be taken if pregnant.
(suggested recipe – Love Punch)
Boosts Prostate Heath, Enhances Performance.
To enhance lovemaking you need to be a like an athlete and make sure you have a full range of nutrients so your body works at its optimum level. Pumpkin seeds (in fact many seeds and nuts) are high in essential nutrients, especially zinc, good fats and protein. Of course these nutrients are essential for everyone, and men especially should consume them regularly, as they are necessary for the function of a healthy prostate gland, which governs the production of sperm. I use them blended in smoothies to make dairy-free milk or blended with cacao, dates and some of the other ingredients listed here and rolled into ‘love balls’.
(suggested recipe – Love Balls)
The Mushroom of the Bedroom.
This powerful medicinal mushroom with thousands of years of use is hailed as ‘the magic mushroom of the bedroom’ and has long been associated with aphrodisiac properties. This mushroom is known to increase both male and female fertility as well as enhancing the bodies overall function and performance. It works to support the kidney and urinary function, which is believed in Chinese Medicine to be the home of ones sexual power. I use reishi mushroom to make a tea that is blended into chocolate smoothies. You can also buy it in a powdered form and mix it into foods and drinks.
(suggested recipe – Longevity Tea)
Nectar of the Gods.
This black tar oozes from the rocks in the Himalayas, formed by compressed plant matter over thousands of years, and it’s name means “nectar of the gods”. Ancient people in the mountain areas saw how animals that ate it were very strong and virulent so started eating it too. It contains 80 minerals, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the nervous system, and reduces pain as well as increasing strength and stamina. With these qualities it is no wonder it has legendary libido enhancing properties.
If you buy pure shilajit you only need to use a tiny amount, a small pea-size in hot water. I like to blend it into a smoothie or super-charged hot chocolate.
Note. Not to be consumed when pregnant or by children.
(suggested recipe – Supercharged Hot Chocolate)
Heart-shaped, red & Juicy.
Food affects us on so many levels, not just in its nutrient profile but also in its taste, texture, colour and flavour. Strawberries are heart-shaped, juicy and succulent, and the bright red colour invokes feelings of love and warmth – both in our hearts and lower areas. They are also rich in vitamin C and water content, which are both essential for cellular function. I find strawberries especially sexual when dipped in raw chocolate and shared with your partner.
(suggested recipe – Chocolate Coated Strawberries)
Calming and Relaxing.
The only edible orchid, vanilla is the second most valuable spice in the world. I think it’s delicious flavour and medicinal properties make it well worth it for special occasions. It has a long history of use throughout the world where it has been traded for its aphrodisiac properties. It is the compound vanillin, which is used for this purpose and also to treat sexual dysfunction. Vanilla is very calming for the nervous system, helping prepare body and mind for lovemaking. Why not add it to your chocolate for a libido enhancing delight?
(suggested recipe – Raw Ice Cream)
Note:These are powerful foods, which can have medicinal effects, so if you have any health condition or are taking any medication please consult your doctor or health care professional before consuming.