Love Potion: 6 Things to Eat for a Great Sex Life

Etymologically speaking, the word aphrodisiac, or substances ingested or consumed in the hope of increased sexual potency, is derived from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexual love. This is one area that has long been a cultural obsession for the human race.

Instances have been many: legend has it that Casanova, the great lover, ate at least a dozen oysters a day in order to keep his sexual powers strong, and the Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 cups of hot chocolate daily in an attempt to better service his extensive harem. Third-century BC Chinese Emperor Huang Ti, author of the Handbook of Sex, regularly consumed a mixture of 22 herbs mixed with wine, a potion that may have contributed to his status as one of the greatest lovers of all time.

From getting stung by a Spanish Fly—the beetle whose sting causes side-effects like genital inflammation, priapism, and kidney damage, to consuming  rhinoceros horns ground into a powder and mixed with alcohol, humans have risked death while looking to unearth the key to sexual strength. In this world of modern sciences, one may resort to Viagra. But that too has side-effects like headache, dizziness and nasal congestion. So why resort to medication when the cure is in your kitchen?

Here’s our list of the six best natural aphrodisiacs.

1. Raw Oysters

Seems like Casanova was right after all. Oysters are high in zinc and boost sperm and testosterone production. Oysters also contain dopamine, a good hormone that increases your libido. Plus, shucking a raw oyster is erotic, so include this into your foreplay. The slippery taste sensation and the mere act of shucking should get you both in the mood.

2. Celery

While celery is quite boring when compared with the excitement of sex, be assured it can be a fantastic source of sexual stimulation. This is because it contains androsterone, an odourless hormone released through male perspiration that turns women on. Guys, savour some raw celery for some raw action between the sheets.

3. Avocado

The Aztecs called the avocado tree ahuacatl (‘testicle tree’ for you and me). Agreed, avocados do look like that body part, but that’s not the only reason why the early Mexican settlers swore by it. They contain high levels of folic acid, which helps metabolise proteins, thus giving you more energy. They also contain vitamin B6 (a nutrient that increases male hormone production) and potassium (which helps regulate a woman’s thyroid gland) — two elements that help increase libido in both men and women.

4. Bananas

There could be a reason behind all the sexual jokes related to bananas. They are rich in a certain bromelain enzyme that acts as a catalyst in increasing libido and even reverses impotence in men. Additionally, they are good sources of potassium and B vitamins like riboflavin, which increase the body’s overall energy levels. Work that out!

5. Spices

It’s probably why India is called the Land of Kamasutra. Why wouldn’t we be coming up with the ‘Bible of Sex’ when our land is so well endowed with herbs and spices that give us the sexual impetus? Indian aphrodisiacs are everyday workhorses: things like ashwagandha, shilajeet, methi, hibiscus, ghee, saffron and shatavari are great aphrodisiacs that modern medicine has only recently open up to. However, their purpose is not exclusively to increase the pleasure of your romp in bed. Sex, in the Indian context, is not a hedonistic activity; traditionally, in this country, you are expected to have sex mainly to produce children and continue the blood line. To that end, some of these Indian aphrodisiacs also work to improve the quality of semen and breast milk.

6. Nuts

Nuts like almonds are prime sources of essential fatty acids that act as the raw material for healthy production of sexual hormones.