There’s a global theory that certain foods can boost one’s sexual libido. So, if you’re not the type to canoodle over a candlelit dinner in an overcrowded restaurant on Valentine’s Day, why not whip up a recipe for romance in your very own kitchen using these aphrodisiac-inducing ingredients? Added bonus: since you’ll be in your own abode, the bedroom is just steps away…..
Pop open the bubbly because oysters improve dopamine levels which boost libido. They are also high in zinc, a mineral that’s linked to testosterone production and healthy sperm. Fun fact: It’s been said that Casanova ate copious amounts of oysters on the daily to help maintain his sexual appetite.
You’re going to want to whip up some avocado toast for the morning after because the Mayans and Aztecs used to eat avocados to enhance sexual desirability. These mean green machines are also a traditional remedy for erectile dysfunction. Bonus points for being rich in vitamins A and E and omega 3 fatty acids.
Whip up a side of asparagus with your main course. These green spears are high in folate (a B vitamin) which assists with the production of histamine, a compound that aids a healthy sex drive in both men and women. The aphrodisiac powers in asparagus were noted as early as the 15th century in an Arabic sex manual called The Perfumed Garden.
If you only eat lobster on special occasions, you may want to boil that pot of water more frequently because these ruby red sea creatures have libido-boosting properties like zinc and vitamin B-12.
Forget about using any topical aids. Ginger naturally increases blood flow in sexual organs — carrot ginger soup anyone?
If Italian fare is on the menu, don’t forget the fresh basil. The scent alone has been linked to arousal for centuries — women would literally rub basil powder and oil on their skin to attract the opposite sex. When consumed, it boosts circulation and protects the heart, both of which aid a fired-up libido.
Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand-in-hand — and with good reason. This sweet treat contains tryptophan, which is a building block of serotonin, a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal. With a little luck, you’ll be burning off those calories in no time.