Libido Boosters: Fact and Fiction

Libido Boosters: Fact and Fiction

It's date night. Should you serve oysters? Ask your significant other to feed you clusters of grapes? Are chocolate-covered strawberries worth the effort? And should you swap out that little black dress for a red one?

There are a lot of rumored libido boosters, but only some will actually help you get in the mood. We've separated the fact from fiction below.

Libido Booster: Oysters

Mostly fiction.

In theory, oysters contain testosterone-boosting iodine and zinc, and trace amounts of amino-acid-interacting "triggers" that should boost libido. Here's the catch: you'd have to down about fifty of these famous aphrodisiacs for any real benefit. Binging on seafood is hardly attractive.

Pumpkin seeds also contain that libido-boosting zinc. Fun note: pumpkin pie and lavender are listed among the most arousing scents for men; so eat the seeds and make a pie!

Almonds, walnuts, arugula, and avocados are better food choices than raw oysters when it comes to eating for your sex drive. Even better? Cook your romantic meal together. Foreplay begins in the kitchen.

Libido Booster: Chocolate

Mostly fact.

Just make sure that it's dark. Studies have shown that dark chocolate increases the levels of feel-good dopamine and its bioflavonoids open up blood vessels to improve blood flow.

Should you choose to dip strawberries in that chocolate, the natural sugars in the fruit will give you a gentle energy boost.

Dark chocolate and peanut butter is another combination to consider. The monounsaturated fats in peanut butter can heighten sexual arousal in women.

Libido Booster: Alcohol

Mostly Fact-if you order red wine.

A drink can reduce anxiety and help relax on date night, and studies have shown higher levels of sexual desire in women who drink a glass of red wine daily. Researchers suspect the red wine's high levels of polyphenols widen blood vessels and subsequently allow for increased blood flow to key arousal areas.

Be careful, however. Too much alcohol can act as a depressant and can dampen desire or impede sexual performance, so stick to just a glass or two.

Libido Booster: Garlic

Sort of fact-but not if you're the only one eating Caesar salad.

Garlic contains allicin, which can help with the blood circulation necessary for an erection. Because of this, it has long been used as a natural remedy for impotence. Garlic's physical-endurance-boosting aspects won't necessarily trump bad breath with your date, however, so dine with caution.

Other cooking flavors have benefits too:

Saffron relieves pain and tension; its picocrocin content can also boost skin's sensitive to touch. It may be an expensive spice, but it's worth it.

Chilies' capsaicin also stimulates nerve endings and speeds up your heart rate.

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Originally posted on DivineCaroline by eHarmony

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