Aphrodisiacs are substances that can increase your sexual desire. Here are some scientifically proven aphrodisiacs you can incorporate into your diet to boost your libido!
Maca: Maca is a sweet root vegetable in South America and studies have found that it increases libido and erectile function. It has commonly been referred to as a “fertility-boosting” vegetable, and taking 1.5-3.5 grams a day for up to 12 weeks can increase your sex drive.
Fenugreek: Fenugreek is an herb whose seeds are commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and South Asian dishes. Studies have shown that fenugreek can help increase orgasms and sexual arousal, because it contains compounds that mimic estrogen and testosterone. If you are taking blood thinning medication or have hormone-sensitive cancers, however, fenugreek might cause an upset stomach and hormonal imbalance.
Red Ginseng: Ginseng is a popular Chinese herb, and red ginseng has been used to increase erectile function and stimulate sexual arousal in women, even during menopause. While several studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of red ginseng, there may be minor side effects such as headaches and constipation.
Pistachio Nuts: Some studies have shown that eating pistachios can improve erectile dysfunction, as men who eat them regularly have experienced increased blood flow and firmer erections. However, not much research has been done on the libido boosting properties of pistachios, so these benefits are not guaranteed for each individual.
Saffron: Saffron is an expensive South Asian spice that may be used to increase sexual arousal, increased lubrication, and better erectile function for men. Historically, Saffron has been used as a natural antidepressant and can reduce stress, so taking it may be especially useful to those suffering from depression that would like to boost their libido.
Information Credit: Healthline