Humans have looked for ways to improve their sexual experience for thousands of years, including trying to discover the best foods for sex.
Before we get into the details, it’s important to understand that there’s no “right” or “wrong” sex drive for females. Sex drives are a finicky thing. Everything from your menstrual cycle to how much stress you’re under at work can cause a slight change.
Food has long been used to increase sexual desire, but did you know there are foods that can actually improve your performance? You don’t need to resort to any exotic foods from faraway lands; according to various studies, these common, natural foods will all but ensure you a successful session between the sheets.
- SPINACH. Eating spinach puts you in the mood for sex by increasing blood flow below the belt. Spinach is rich in magnesium, a mineral that decreases inflammation in blood vessels, increasing blood flow. Increased blood flow drives blood to the extremities, which, like Viagra, can increase arousal and make sex more pleasurable
- WALNUTS. Rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts are a good source of these healthy fats which not only help lower your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of a heart attack but also plays a part in boosting your sex drive. This is because these fatty acids help boost arginine, an amino acid which helps relax blood vessels and increase circulation to support arousal.
- APPLES. Believe it or not, apples may have a positive effect on female sex drive. One study found that women who consumed an apple a day reported a better quality sex life. While this sounds promising, this study only suggests a correlation between apple consumption and sexual health. It’s not totally clear if eating apples directly affects sexual function. Plus, there are no other major studies on whether apples may increase libido.
- FENUGREEK. Fenugreek is a herb used both in cooking and as a supplement. Some research suggests it may help boost libido. A study concluded that fenugreek may be an effective treatment to increase female sex drive. However, most of the current research on fenugreek covers male sexual health.
- CHOCOLATE. Chocolate increases both serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, making us happy and lowering our stress level—both libido boosters if you know what we mean. Another theory is that cocoa increases blood flow through the arteries and relaxes blood vessels—sending blood to all the right regions. Whatever the reason, chocolate is never a bad thing.
- NUTMEG, CINNAMON AND CAYENNE. Spices don’t just add flavour to your food or drink. Since ancient times, many spices like nutmeg and cinnamon have even been used across different cultures as an aphrodisiac. A sprinkle of cayenne also adds a kick to your meal, which in turn, produces heat and increases circulation within the body.
- WATERMELON. If you think watermelon is only good as a refreshing drink, think again. The truth is, this juicy tropical fruit does so much more than replenishing your body with fluids. It also has a high content of citrulline, a compound which helps support the relaxation of blood vessels in order to encourage blood flow for better arousal.