With Valentine’s Day approaching most people think of love and the pleasures of lovemaking. Throughout history certain foods have been held in high esteem for their sex enhancing properties. Here are my top superfoods to enhance libido, which are tried and tested ways to make sure you have a great time in the bedroom – all year round.
“As these are powerful foods which can have a medicinal effect, if you have any health condition or are taking any medication please consult your doctor or health care professional before consuming.”
Cacao – Heart Opening, Bliss Creating, Food Of Love
Chocolate has long been known as the food of love, in fact it is a legendary aphrodisiac. The Mayan king reputedly drank a vat of a special cacao drink to keep him active for his 300-strong harem! Cacao (raw chocolate) contains a chemical called anandamide (the bliss chemical), which enhances brain function helping us to feel amazing. It is abundant in nutrients including the most bio-available source of magnesium, making it useful for the heart, brain and hormonal health. This is a key point – nutrient deficiency leads to poor performance. Providing the body with the best fuel is essential if you want to perform at your best. Many of the beneficial nutrients of chocolate are destroyed in the roasting process and when dairy and refined sugar are added. So it is best to have it raw in chocolate creations, smoothies or cakes to get the most out of this amazing food.
Maca – Energizing, Natural Viagra
This Peruvian superfood is a powerful root vegetable and this might make your lower areas grow as well. When discovered by the Spanish invaders they soon found it gave great strength, endurance and sexual potency, hence its name, ‘the Spanish Viagra’. Nowadays it is taken in powdered form for hormonal health, rich in B Vitamins to balance the nervous system and increase sexual function. Great added to a smoothie or in raw chocolates and consumed 30 minutes before lovemaking. Note. Seek advice before taking if pregnant.
Ginseng – Boosts Stamina, Strength & Performance
This is the most popular herb in Chinese Medicine and is widely used around the world. Ginseng is famous for its ability to increase energy levels, physical stamina, cognitive function and sexual potency. Like many of the superfoods here it relaxes the muscles and improves blood flow to the genitals. Obviously this is what we want when we are about to make love. If you are planning a night out or a night in this is a great accompaniment. Great blended into a smoothie or added to a love punch. Note. Not to be taken if pregnant.
Pumpkin Seeds – Boosts Prostate Heath, Enhances Performance
To enhance lovemaking you need to be a like an athlete and make sure you have a full range of nutrients so your body works at its optimum level. Pumpkin seeds (in fact many seeds and nuts) are high in essential nutrients, especially zinc, good fats and protein. Of course these nutrients are essential for everyone, but men especially should consume them regularly, as they are necessary for the function of a healthy prostate gland, which governs the production of sperm. I use them blended in smoothies to make dairy-free milk or blended with cacao, dates and some of the other ingredients listed here and rolled into ‘love balls’.
Reishi – The Mushroom of the Bedroom
This powerful medicinal mushroom with thousands of years of use is hailed as ‘the magic mushroom of the bedroom’ and has long been associated with aphrodisiac properties. This mushroom is known to increase both male and female fertility as well as enhancing the bodies overall function and performance. It works to support the kidney and urinary function, which is believed in Chinese Medicine to be the home of ones sexual power. I use reishi mushroom to make a tea that is blended into chocolate smoothies. You can also buy it in a powdered form and mix it into foods and drinks.
Shilajit – Nectar of the Gods
This black tar oozes from the rocks in the Himalayas, formed by compressed plant matter over thousands of years, and it’s name means “nectar of the gods”. Ancient people in the mountain areas saw how animals that ate it were very strong and virulent so started eating it too. It contains 80 minerals, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the nervous system, and reduces pain as well as increasing strength and stamina. With these qualities it is no wonder it has legendary libido enhancing properties. If you buy pure shilajit you only need to use a tiny amount, a small pea-size in hot water. I like to blend it into a smoothie or super-charged hot chocolate.
Note. Not to be consumed when pregnant or by children.
Strawberries – Heart-shaped, Red & Juicy
Food affects us on so many levels, not just in its nutrient profile but also in its taste, texture, colour and flavour. Strawberries are heart shaped, juicy and succulent, and the bright red colour invokes feelings of love and warmth – both in our hearts and lower areas. They are also rich in vitamin C and water content, which are both essential for cellular function. I find strawberries especially sexual when dipped in raw chocolate and shared with your partner.
Vanilla – Calming and Relaxing
The only edible orchid, vanilla is the second most valuable spice in the world. I think its delicious flavour and medicinal properties make it well worth it for special occasions. It has a long history of use throughout the world where it has been traded for its aphrodisiac properties. It is the compound vanillin, which is used for this purpose and also to treat sexual dysfunction. Vanilla is very calming for the nervous system, helping prepare body and mind for lovemaking. Why not add it to your chocolate for a libido enhancing delight?
Extracts from the book ‘Superfoods & How To Use Them’