5 surprising foods that may boost your libido

If you're looking to spice things up (or just keep them up) in the bedroom, the following list of libido-boosting foods may give you a place to start.

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For many people, two things dominate the mind, food and sex. So, it’s no wonder they go hand in hand. Yep, there are plenty of nutrient-packed foods (other than oysters and chocolate!) that can influence your sex drive.

Keep scrolling to see five surprising foods worth plating up tonight.

1. Chilli

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It’s only fitting that chilli can help spice things up in the bedroom, right? Marina Del Rey-based sex expert and yogi Psalm Isadora told Well And Good that hot chillis contain capsaicin, which can increase circulation for erections and stimulate nerve endings.

2. Avocados

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Avocados are jam-packed with tyrosine, which is known to positively influence your libido by increasing not only testosterone but also the neurotransmitter dopamine, explains nutritionist Stephanie Malouf. We’ll have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, please.

3. Figs

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Not only do the shape of figs conjure up thoughts of you know what, they’re also linked to increased libido and fertility. Pair them with honey (another well known aphrodisiac) for a tantalising dish.

4. Asparagus

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If you usually have green vegetables with your dinner, we suggest you pick asparagus as your new go-to. Why? Although they may make your urine smell funky, these guys help produce histamine in the body, which aids in the ability to reach orgasm. And sometimes we all need a little helping hand (wink, wink).

In need of some asparagus recipe inspiration? Try Lee Holmes’ uplifting asparagus soup.

5. Maca

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Dubbed ‘nature’s Viagra’, maca is a renowned aphrodisiac, and research backs up its sexual powers. Swisse’s Product Training Manager, Dr David Cannata (BBiomed (Hons) PhD) explains; ‘maca has been used for centuries as a natural energy tonic and aphrodisiac. Early clinical research has been positive and supportive of the traditional use; demonstrating that maca significantly improved sexual desire in men greater than placebo control (Gonzales et al. 2002; Stone et al. 2009). The power behind Maca appears to be in its collection of nutrients and unique active constituents.’

Try Swisse’s high strength maca for a boost.