Since ancient times, certain foods have been used by folk doctors and herbalists to raise libido, or sexual desire. These foods are thought to have aphrodisiacal properties because they directly affect brain chemistry, energy levels and blood flow.
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Many things can negatively impact libido, including physical or mental illnesses, fatigue and boredom. Folk doctors and herbalists have long since prescribed specific foods as a healthy way to increase sexual desire. Try one or more of the following to help raise your libido:
Oysters contain a concentrated amount of zinc, which the body requires to produce sperm and testosterone. They also contain amino acids and iodine that are known to raise the body’s respiration rate, stamina and sex hormones. Raw oysters are said to have the most potent effect on increasing sexual desire; however they may contain a bacteria called vibrio vulnificus, which can be deadly to people suffering from weakened immune systems.
Vegetables and Fruits
Vegetables and fruits contain a plethora of vitamins, minerals, phytoestrogens and enzymes, which can increase production of sex hormones, histamines (enable the body to have orgasms), blood flow (enhances sexual functions), and treat impotence. Keep your kitchen full of the following fruits and vegetables, and share them with your partner: soybeans, hot peppers, artichokes, carrots, truffles, asparagus, radishes, arugula, garlic, strawberries, bananas, pineapple, raspberries, apples and figs.
Honey contains the mineral boron, which is known to help the body use the sex hormone, estrogen and possibly elevate testosterone levels. The term, “honeymoon” is thought to have derived from the Vikings, who used honey to make mead and instructed their newlyweds to drink it for a month to raise fertility and boost sexual desire.
Chocolate contains the stimulant, phenylethylamine, which is responsible for the release of dopamine by the brain. Dopamine is the brain chemical associated with feelings of pleasure. Chocolate also contains tryptophan, which helps the body produce serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for positive feelings of well-being. Elevated levels of dopamine and serotonin in the body are conducive to satisfying sexual experiences.
Moderate consumption of alcohol causes the body to relax by depressing the central nervous system. Red wine not only contains alcohol, but also pigments from grapes that block the male enzyme, phospodiesterase type 5. This blockage allows men to more easily achieve erections.