Try These 16 Aphrodisiac Foods To Ignite Your Romance


Valentines is coming up with a chance to get all romantic with your partner. If you are looking to set the mood here are a few aphrodisiacs you should try.


1. Oysters

Oysters have a reputation as a super aphrodisiac. Well according to researchers oysters contain amino acids that trigger the production of sex hormones. Dig in.

2. Chilli peppers

Some like it hot, very hot. Chilli peppers have long had a reputation of being an aphrodisiac. Well, now there is scientific proof that they stimulate endorphins (which are the brain’s feel good chemicals), speed up your heart rate and make you sweat, which mimics how you feel when you are aroused. Chilli anybody.

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3. Avocado

Many cultures have considered the avocado to be an aphrodisiac from as far back as the Aztecs. Well, the fruit has a high level of Vitamin E which could help keep the spark alive and maintain youthful vigour and energy levels. Umm, I have always wondered why men love avocados. Lifestyle: 6 Different Ways You Can Use Avocados

4. Chocolate

There is something sensual about chocolate, from its taste to its aroma. Dark chocolate has been shown to cause a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure. No wonder women love chocolate, stock up if she loves chocolate. 7 Creative Ways To Have Hot Chocolate This Season


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5. Bananas

Bananas contain bromelain, an enzyme which triggers testosterone production. Potassium and Vitamin B are also good at elevating energy levels. Bananas Are Good For Your Health: Here Is Why You Need To Eat More Of This Delicious Fruit

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6. Honey

Honey contains boron, which helps to regulate oestrogen and testosterone levels. It also provides a natural energy boost. What are you waiting for, get some honey for your honey.

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7. Coffee

Caffeine in coffee is a stimulant that ups your heart rate and makes your blood to flow. Some scientists have suggested that coffee could put women in the mood for sex. 6 Awesome Facts About Coffee

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8. Watermelon

This red fruit is good for more than just hydration. It is said to have a Viagra like effect, and it relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation. Lifestyle: Benefits Of Watermelon For Men’s Health

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9. Olive oil

Olive oil is not just packed with antioxidants and good for a healthy heart, it is also critical for hormone production and blood flow. Make sure you put it in your salads for hormone boost. Health Benefits Of Including Olive Oil In Your Diet

10. Figs

They are full of potassium which is good for energy levels and they are also an antioxidant powerhouse.

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11. Strawberries

This red berry is not just delicious but its vitamin C packed goodness helps keep the blood flowing to all regions of the body. So buy some strawberries, dip them in dark chocolate or whipped cream and feed them to each other. Urban Farming: Here Is How To Grow Organic Strawberries In Your Backyard And Keep On Harvesting For Up To Three Years

12. Artichokes

Artichokes have an aphrodisiac reputation of legend. But there was something there. It is packed with antioxidants and vitamins which are critical for blood flow and proper body function.

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13. Spiced (Chai) tea

Take some tea which has the following spices – ginger, cinnamon and cloves. It will get your blood flowing and get you in the mood. 9 reasons why tea is good for you!

14. Pomegranate

Although they are not readily available and are expensive this should be a fruit that you look for. Pomegranate are filled with antioxidants which support blood flow but studies have also found that the juice has a positive effect on erectile dysfunction. Who needs Viagra when you can use pomegranate?

15. Cherries

If you are a fan of cherries then you need to stock up on this super fruit which has feel-good vitamins (A, C, and E), potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and more. It is also good for your heart as it has melatonin, an antioxidant which helps to regulate your heart.

16. Pumpkin seeds

It seems our African cultures may have been on to something with the pumpkin aphrodisiac story. Pumpkins seeds are high in magnesium and help to raise testosterone levels.

I got some of these aphrodisiacs from this Reader’s Digest article.  There are other aphrodisiacs that Kenyan cultures have like mkobero. What other aphrodisiacs do you know?

If you liked this check out  simple ways to re-ignite your spark this valentines day.

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