Surprising foods for Your Sex Drive by Laura Bond
You might think a fancy restaurant meal is the best way to spark romance – but it can also be a libido killer. Think over-eating, indigestion, and a red-wine fuelled argument. The good news is there are healthy foods – already in your kitchen – that can switch on your mojo.
Yes, it’s official: sharing a bowl of porridge with your boyfriend will fire your libido. Porridge increases testosterone – critical for both men and women’s sex drive. Try Natasha’s recipe for an immune boosting porridge with bee pollen – renowned to increase stamina and boost men’s sexual health.
Mother Nature’s nectar will help you beat a fast path to the bedroom. Why? Honey contains the mineral boron, which helps regulate oestrogen and testosterone levels – essential for arousal. Plus studies show raw honey feeds good bacteria. Since 95 % of the bodies feel-good serotonin is made in the gut, a healthy happy stomach will get you buzzing.
The way a fruit looks can sometimes give us clues to its benefits. And so it is with the luscious red pomegranate, which, if you take a cross-section, bears a striking resemblance to the human ovary. Recent studies show that pomegranate contains an oestrogen, structurally similar to the one found in mammals. And with pomegranate seeds rumoured to increase genital sensitivity, there’s really no excuse not to love the pom. Why not pour this pomegranate molasses over your Valentine’s day pudding? Generous helpings recommended.
Also known as arugula, rocket has been renowned as an aphrodisiac since the first century AD. Today, research reveals that rocket can help boost arousal through inhibiting the absorption of toxins that can dampen the libido. This is thanks largely to plant compounds called glucosinolates – also found in other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli. Rocket is also packed with beta-carotene – so you can see better in the dark…
Show your passion with pesto. Pine nuts have been used since medieval times to stimulate libido – and for good reason. They are a rich source of zinc which is linked to a healthy sex drive (and good skin).