The Facts Behind Aphrodisiacs – What You Need to Know

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Romance is in the air, flower shops are working overtime across the country and reservations at fancy restaurants are getting harder and harder to come by. All of this can only mean one thing; Valentine’s Day is around the corner.

And as Cupids everywhere plan romantic gestures for their special someone, there are certain foods that are rumored to assist in creating romance. While the Food and Drug Administration maintains that there is no scientific evidence that supports aphrodisiacs, the following foods continue to be linked with an enhanced the romantic experience. Please note that before taking any supplements or drastically changing your diets, it is suggested that you consult your physician first.


Avocados are an excellent source of vitamin E, which is required to produce sex hormones. The unsaturated fats in avocados help boost the cardiovascular system and promote healthy hair and skin. While scientific evidence of avocados boosting your sex drive is still lacking, it can’t hurt to look and feel good.


Oysters are popularly rumored to be an aphrodisiac due to their high zinc content, which helps produce testosterone. Oysters increase dopamine levels and also contain amino acids and serotonin, all of which have been linked to a heightened response to pleasure.

Try grilling oysters to make your own chargrilled oysters and control the amount of butter used or even using coconut or olive oil. Nothing is more romantic than a surprise home cooked dinner. Steamed oysters in a white wine sauce are also a lighter option and just as delicious.


While chocolate is one of the foods most commonly linked to Valentine’s Day and romance, there isn’t much evidence to back the sweet treat’s claim to improving your sex drive. So while it’s always a good idea to surprise you Valentine with a chocolatey gift, don’t expect it to provide them with much more than a sugar rush.

When purchasing or preparing a chocolate gift, consider using dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa for increased antioxidants and decreased sugar content.


Maca is a root vegetable that has been linked to various uses, including increased libido, for generations. Scientific research has been mixed on Maca’s impact on a person’s sex drive, but it has been linked with improved fertility, sexual arousal and treating hot flashes.

Most often found in a powdered form, maca can be added to smoothies, teas or even with homemade Mexican maca hot chocolate to finish off your romantic evening.

While it’s always fun to think of ways to increase romance, especially around Valentine’s Day, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that eating a healthy and balanced diet is the best way to feeling good about yourself, remaining healthy and increasing your sex drive.

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