by Julie Morris, Superfood Author
The subject of sex is nothing new in the world of food-as-medicine: what goes on in the bedroom can be directly affected by what occurs in the kitchen … mostly in a detrimental sense (has anyone ever felt sexy after eating pizza?). But some superfoods can do more than just keep you healthy, and can effectively put more fire into your sex life, and significantly boost your pleasure. From roots to fruits, here are 5 super-sexy favorites:
Equally effective for both men and women, this medicinal plant as been used for around 3,000 years, and is widely prescribed by modern-day physicians in India to adults with low libido and to improve sexual function. Though no clinical studies exist to support its aphrodisiac claims, ashwagandha’s strong popularity and flood of satisfied users is pretty convincing of its effectiveness. Used in its powdered form, ashwagandha is easily added to smoothies, breakfast bowls, and homemade energy bars and bites.
As if its sensual texture and blissful flavor isn’t enough of a turn-on, there are several scientific reasons why so many of us have found ourselves in a state of heightened attraction after enjoying chocolate. Cacao (the raw, most potent form of chocolate) contains many amino acids, including a strong concentration of arginine, which can act similarly to Viagra by increasing blood flow to the endogenous regions. Additionally, cacao contains several phytochemicals which contribute to improved mood and promote the production of “pleasure” neurotransmitters. Enhance the mental and physical experience of love by enjoying cacao-based drinks and elixirs, creative cacao desserts, and of course, raw chocolate a la carte.
A long-beloved energy booster, ginseng root enhances stamina on every level, including sexual appetite. Though this stimulating root works for both men and women, one double-blind study showed ginseng to improve erectile function in men by 42%, working the same way as Viagra. Enjoy ginseng in teas, drinks, or even just by the capsule, and celebrate later in the bedroom.
In China, goji berries are often called “happy berries,” and considered a powerful lovemaking boost. Clinical trials have shown goji’s to be effective in treating metabolic syndrome, a precursor to erectile dysfunction. Goji berries also increase testosterone in both sexes, which helps to boost libido. As an overall vitality superfood, goji berries are excellent additions to virtually any meal, and can be used just like any other dried fruit.
I’ve saved the best for last. Often sold in natural pharmacies as a libido booster, maca is arguably the most famous natural superfood aphrodisiac readily available. A tuber that’s indigenous to Peru, maca has a 2000-year-long history of being effective in enhancing sexual function for both men and women, in part due to its powerful adapotgenic qualities that support the adrenal glands, the body’s system responsible for hormonal regulation. Additionally, maca increases strength, energy, stamina, and fertility, making it one of the most pleasantly potent remedies for lovers. It tastes delicious, like a nutty butterscotch, and its powdered form can be made into warm and cold drinks, soups, and even desserts like chocolate.