Soy: Do vegetarians have better sex? Well, soy is a pretty powerful aphrodisiac so all that tofu is probably doing vegos a favour in the bedroom. It’s been linked to reducing women’s PMS, increasing lubrication and lowering men’s risk of prostate cancer. All vital factors in keeping the passion alive.
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Almonds: High in vitamin E, magnesium, and fibre, it’s no surprise almonds have long been regarded as a symbol of fertility. Like pumpkin pie for gents, it’s the aroma of almonds that sets things in motion for women.
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Asparagus: In France circa the 1800s, grooms were served up three plates of asparagus before consummating their marriage. The spears help produce histamine in the body (which aids in the ability to reach orgasm). Sooo… asparagus for dinner?
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Avocado: Avocados are jam-packed with vitamin E which helps your body produce hormones like testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone. These guys go on to stimulate sexual responses like – get this – vaginal lubrication and clitoral swelling. We'll take three, please.
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Basil: Apparently the scent of basil was thought to men drive so wild that women in ancient times would dust dried and powdered basil over their breasts. Err, what? In all seriousness, it promotes circulation and blood flow for when things start heating up.
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Broccoli: If you usually have green vegetables with your dinner or salad, we’d strongly suggest you pick broccoli as your go-to. Why? Broccoli contains a high amount of vitamin C which helps blood circulation to organs and increase female libido.
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Celery: This one works both ways – the phallic shape of celery conjures up thoughts of you know what, and internally, celery produces pheromones to attract women. Guys, if you’re reading this before a night out, you know what to do…
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Chilli: It’s only fitting that chilli can fire up your sex life, given that they’re spicy, right? Hot chillis contain capsaicin, which can increase our circulation and stimulate nerve endings. Cue: you feel super turned on.
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Eggs: If your man is struggling to get (or maintain) an erection, don’t despair. Just cook him an omelette for breakfast. They’re high in protein and the amino acid L-arginine which has been effective in treating erectile dysfunction. Eggscellent.
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Figs: Like celery, the visual of a fig is part of the appeal – the soft flesh and curvy shape of the fruit mimics the shape of a vagina (or so sexperts like to claim). They’re also linked to increased sperm production and mobility – so if you’re trying to get pregnant, add figs to your daily diet.
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Garlic: The great thing about cloves? You can infuse them into your fave dish or add them into a chai tea. The even better thing about these little beauties? They’ve actually been used to treat male, er, sexual dysfunction for years. And research totally backs up their sexual powers; a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that cloves increased the sexual activities of male rats.
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Honey: Along with being extremely delicious, honey is packed full of boron, a mineral that helps the body use and metabolise oestrogen. It’s also believed to increase testosterone, the hormone that triggers both men’s and women’s sex drives. Sweet.
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Oysters: Oysters are one of the best-known aphrodisiacs out there. Why? They’re brimming with zinc, to raises sperm and testosterone production and his libido, and high in omega-3, to promote general well-being.
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Pomegranate Juice: Researchers from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh found drinking a glass of pomegranate juice every day increased testosterone levels by up to 30% - which makes both sexes feel frisky.
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Pumpkin: Sure, gardenia candles smell pretty… but light a pumpkin-scented candle and the scent will increase the blood flow to his man parts by 40%. Send him off to work with pumpkin seeds to snack on – they’re full of zinc for male potency and preventing prostate issues.
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Red Wine: OK, so obviously alcohol has a part to play in getting you in the mood for sex, but hear us out. Red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps to improve circulation and boosts blood flow before and during intercourse. Cheers to that!
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Watermelon: Yay! We love it when yummy foods we already like eating turn out to have sweet benefits. A study by the Texas A&M Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center found that watermelon is made up of vital nutrients that can deliver Viagra-like effects to the body's blood vessels. Laters, Viagra...
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Ginseng: “Korean ginseng is a time honoured aphrodisiac, helping to increase testosterone levels; the libido boosting hormone good for women as well as men,” says naturopath Mim Beim. Plus, a study by the University of Hawaii found that chicks who took a ginseng supplement felt way more down for sexy times than usual, and 68% noticed that their sex lives improved dramatically. Grab yourself a ginseng tea if your sex life needs a boost.