Aphrodisiacs, also known as foods that enhance sexual desire, pleasure or performance, have been widely consumed since ages for a satisfying intimate life. We are not talking about chemical Viagra here, but about natural foods that have aphrodisiac properties.
Foods to Enhance your Sex Life
All over the world, different cultures have believed that different foods can help improve one’s sexual life, while some of them might have been myths that got passed on.
However, scientific experiments suggest that certain foods do have properties that can improve your sex life. We have curated a list of such foods that can help you boost your sex life.
Now we are not talking about anything exotic. Surprisingly, each of these natural foods are available in the Indian kitchen that helps in sex drive and also easily be added to our diets.
Of course, it’s not a one size fits all concept. While some foods might help some people, others might need to consult an expert. And of course magic does not happen immediately, it is a more of a mid to long term lifestyle change.
A few of these foods might also consist of allergens, so you must be careful before you consume them.
List of Foods Available in Indian Household to Improve Sex Life
- Pistachios (Pista)
- Fenugreek (Methi)
- Spicy Chillies
- Kira Jari
1. Pistachios (Pista in Telugu & Hindi)
Who doesn’t like pistachios unless you are allergic? We often munch on these green nuts mindlessly while watching movies or reading.
A recent study by researchers from the National Library of Medicine found that including 100gms of pistachios to a regular diet for about 12 months could significantly reduce erectile dysfunction (difficulty in achieving adequate penile erection) in men with a history of this problem.
Another study by the same researchers previously, also determined that other nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds could also help in improving sperm quality.
All of these nuts, especially pistachios, are loaded with (healthy) fats and must be eaten in moderation. Along with improving sexual performance, nuts also play a vital role in maintaining a healthy heart and keeping bad cholesterol and diabetes at bay.
Often, erectile dysfunction could indicate an underlying heart condition which your doctor would be able to detect.
This one is quite interesting. Nutmeg (Jayphal in Hindi and Jajikaya in Telugu) is often called the sexy spice and is especially beneficial for women. This spice is widely used in the Indian kitchen.
Apparently, nutmeg is one of the chief exports of Zanzibar and is quite famous among women there. Before a special occasion, women often add nutmeg to their porridge earlier in the day to “loosen” up a bit.
Nutmeg is even sold in packets and is marketed as the natural Viagra for women in Zanzibar.
To get the desired effect, one must consume a substantial amount, say about one or two nutmegs. That’s a lot isn’t it? The flavour of nutmeg is also quite strong which is why adding it to porridges might help.
The quantity might not be suitable for everyone and can even cause nausea and dizziness if consumed in excess.
3. Fenugreek (Methi)
Most commonly used in curries, fenugreek (also known as methi in Hindi & menthulu in Telugu) has been known to relieve menstrual cramps and enhance breast milk production of lactating mothers. But, did you know that Fenugreek has aphrodisiac properties as well?
In a 6 week study published in the journal, Physiotherapy Research, researchers found that fenugreek had multiple positive effects on male sexual performance. It helped in boosting libido, improving performance and reducing sexual recovery time.
This is because of the chemical compound saponins that is found in fenugreek which helps in boosting the production of sex hormones in men.
Another study published by Greg Arnolds found that supplementing diet with 600mg of fenugreek daily for 8 weeks can significantly improve sexual desire in women by increasing the release of estradiol and free testosterone.
Some other known effects of consuming fenugreek daily are good hair health, reduced bad cholesterol, control of diabetes and increased blood flow in the body.
Even though ashwagandha literally translates to “smell of a horse,” it has been a well known ancient ayurvedic herb with several healing properties.
It has also been extensively used to improve sex life in men since the ancient times which dates back to the times of Kama Sutra.
Ashwagandha can help men improve their sex lives by reducing stress, increased sex drive, higher levels of testosterone, increased sperm count and better endurance.
Always remember that most herbs cannot be absorbed in the stomach and intestine all by themselves in the absence of certain compounds.
There is no point in eating a vital nutrient or supplement when it does not get absorbed in the body. For adequate intestinal absorption, we need enhancers like Bioprene (pepper extract) which significantly increases the absorption of many nutrients and herbs.
Now, this one is quite well known. Falls under the category – ‘We know the benefits, but we don’t add adequately in our diet’
Garlic (lahasun in Hindi & vellulli in Telugu) consists of a compound called Allicin that helps increase the flow of blood to the sexual organs in both men and women. This is why many celibate communities avoid the consumption of garlic.
Even though garlic could be your solution, how do you keep the smell of garlic away? Chances are that the smell of garlic would be the mood killer the next time you do it. Excessive garlic consumption also causes the sweat to smell of garlic.
Saffron is more likely to be effective if you also suffer from mood swings or depression.
A study published in the Natural Medicine Journal showed that regular consumption of saffron by women in depression showed improvement in lubrication, sexual desires, satisfaction and orgasms.
Foodies (non-vegetarians of course)…here’s a good news for you! Did you know that increasing your fish intake could significantly improve the quality of your sex life by increasing your libido?
A recent study has shown that increasing the consumption of fish to at least 2 servings each week can improve fertility in men.
Apart from improving fertility, adding fish to your diet adds to the daily requirements of zinc, calcium, phosphorus and omega 3 fatty acids which also does wonders for your heart.
However, consuming excessive fish can expose you to reproductive toxins like organochlorines, dioxins and mercury. So, beware of mercury poisoning and limit the intake to about 340gms a week.
Berries are always good, aren’t they? On pancakes, in your cereal or in some cookies and cheesecakes, berries are an awesome topping and an even amazing snack.
Apart from being loaded with antioxidants, did you know that berries can do wonders for men’s sperm health too? The folic acid present in strawberries helps improve sperm health while the vitamin C present helps improve libido.
So the next time you are craving some berries and its winter, make sure it’s strawberries that you choose. Coat it with some chocolate or chop them for some ice cream, the desert might just help you make the night last a little longer.
Also Read: 10 Foods that may Improve Sperm Health
If you are looking for testosterone boosters or testosterone support, this could be your go to food. Since early days, raw honey has been known to be an aphrodisiac and a short-term testosterone booster. The chrysin in honey also helps block the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
The consumption of honey increases the amount of nitric oxide in the body which improves cardiovascular health, reduces oxidative damage and also helps strengthen the penile tissue.
Often homeopathy doctors recommend consuming honey and ginger as a remedy for erectile dysfunction. Now that you have read this, how about making honey your choice of sweetener?
10. Spicy chilies
You must have heard of this one for sure! But did you know that it has been proven that consumption of hot chillies can affect the testosterone levels in men in a nice way.
In a study named, “Some like it hot” an experiment was conducted where it was found that men who consumed higher amounts of chilli sauce had significantly higher testosterone levels.
While the mechanism behind it is not clear, there is a direct correlation between chillies and testosterone levels due capsaicin present from chillies.
While having large amounts of spicy chillies is not possible and would probably lead to stomach ulcers, you could probably try having a couple of chillies everyday?
Before you do this though do give it a thought of what could possibly happen the next morning. Remember anything is good if done is moderation. Excess is always bad.
11. Kira Jari
For those of you who expected this list to be a bit more exciting, we will not disappoint you. The star on our list is something called Kira Jari. Heard of it before? Well, this is a fungus that affects caterpillars found in the Himalayas.
The fungus mummifies the insect and starts growing out of the caterpillar’s head. Once the snow melts a bit, these stem-like things start appearing above the ground and are pulled out.
If you did not know what Kira Jari is but happened to pull one out of the ground, it would probably appear like a dried chilli.
Kira Jari is used in several countries as an aphrodisiac for example China, Tibet, India, etc. However, it is extremely difficult to find these and are extremely expensive too.
If you aren’t allergic to any of these, you could give these ingredients a try but in moderation.
Like we mentioned earlier, these ingredients might provide desirable results for some, while some may not notice a significant change, while others might need the help of a medical professional.
If your condition has been persistent for some time now, our advice would be to visit your doctor.
Some of these ingredients might not have any immediate effect but will require a certain amount and bioavailability enhancers to be consumed to get the desirable effects.
Taking risks is good, but not with your health. Be wise and consult your doctor every time you begin a new regime or diet.