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Foods That Rev Your Engine: Aphrodisiacs

Have you ever eaten a certain type of food and then wanted to jump your partner’s bones? I know I have.  Back in college, my partner and I were eating oysters for the first time and after dinner we had the best sex of our entire relationship. I didn’t know this at the time, but those engine revving oysters were also identified as something else, called an aphrodisiac. The word comes from the Greek Goddess of love herself, Aphrodite, and the certain foods that hold these juicy powers are used to raise libido, increase sexual desire and heighten sexual pleasure. What’s even more exciting is that you don’t have to hike the amazon or go fish in the big blue.  You can find foods filled with aphrodisiac compounds right at your local neighborhood grocery store. 

Below is a list of the strongest aphrodisiacs.

  1. Maca: Incan root that is grounded into a powder and used in tea or supplements. Peru calls it “natural Viagra.” 
  2. Celery: holds androsterone, or in other words, a scent that attracts women. 
  3. Pumpkin: due to its natural levels of high fiber and potassium, it provides great stamina for bedroom activities.
  4. Apples: studies suggest that eating an apple a day can improve a woman’s sex drive.
  5. Hot chilis: holds a component called capsaicin that triggers adrenaline, increasing your heart rate and sending out natural opiates found in your body called endorphins. 
  6. Bananas: are very high in the energy level department for both men and women but holds a specific component only found in men that stimulates their sex drive, called a bromelain enzyme. 
  7. Oysters: these bad boys help supe up sperm production as well as contain a “happy feeling drug” called dopamine. 
  8. Salmon: raises low level libido by pumping your body with the building blocks that create testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. 
  9. Watermelon: has high levels of citrulline creating a domino effect starting with your body’s nitic acid, which then spikes blood flow and awakens your sex drive. 
  10. Cherries: contain potent antioxidants that assist a healthy sex drive. 


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