What Aphrodisiac Foods Really Work?

What Aphrodisiac Foods Really Work?

There’s something pretty intimate about food. Whether you’re slurping oysters and sipping champagne with your special someone or wooing them online with various food emojis ( 🍆🔥💦 ) there’s an undeniable intersection between what we eat, and making love. So much so, that for as long as we’ve been human, we’ve sought libido-boosting properties in food. Aphrodisiacs that can help us get it on.

The Truth About Oysters 

When you think of aphrodisiacs, you might think of oysters. 🦪 The slimy ocean delicacy has been labelled a libido enhancer for ages, since the days of the Roman Empire. If you’re planning on wooing your significant other with a tray of oysters, we’ve got some bad news for you. 

No scientific studies have found that oysters really enhance desire. BUT, they do contain certain elements that could.

Mussels, clams, and oysters are a source of an amino acid called D-Aspartic acid, which has increased sex hormones in studies of rats, but the effects on humans are unknown.

They also contain zinc, which can impact testosterone and sperm production, which can in turn increase libido. It also plays a role in the nerve pathway of pleasure. But ultimately, an aphrodisiac is more than just amino acids and zinc.

Your overall health is a huge factor in your sex drive. Your mental wellbeing, physical health, and diet are intertwined, and unfortunately, no food alone is a magic libido potion. 🧪

Foods That Boost Libido:

The good news is, some foods have been scientifically shown to enhance desire. 


Deez little nuts are noteworthy for more than their unique colour. A 2011 study found that men who ate 100g of pistachios daily for three weeks experienced improved blood flow to the penis as well as firmer erections. Improving blood flow to the penis is the key to why Viagra works for ED, so it’s no surprise that pistachios cause harder erections. 

Herbal Aphrodisiacs

Herbs can also spice up your sex drive. 🌿 Loads of exotic-sounding plants have been shown to improve libido, including ginseng, safed musli, Mondia whitei, Tribulus terrestris, date palm, and more. These all sound a bit rare, but your local health shop probably stocks a few. Here some you can find a bit more easily.


  • Maca
    Maca is a superfood many smoothie enthusiasts know and love. It’s a root vegetable and it’s been found to improve erectile function and sex drive in a range of human and animal studies. It also helps reduce libido loss caused by anti-depressants.
  • Saffron
    Saffron is a vibrant orange spice derived from a specific flower. In shops it comes as a few strands inside a small bottle, and it’s pretty pricey. Studies have found that men who take saffron experienced better erectile function, and women who take it experience increased lubrication and stronger arousal.
  • Nutmeg
    Nutmeg is a popular addition to many wintery recipes for its hearty, comforting taste, but it offers more than that. A 2003 study showed promising results for nutmeg and cloves as a sexual performance enhancer in mice.

Performance Inhibitors

You can also hinder your sexual performance with what you consume. Recreational drugs like weed and alcohol can hamper your performance, even though they might make you more keen for sex.

Alcohol lowers your inhibitions, and that’s why you say and do things your sober self would rather not to. But it also dampens your performance and dulls sensation. 👎🏾

The same applies to Marijuana. It can heighten desire, but it hinders performance when it comes down to it. It can make sex more intense for some people, but this doesn’t apply to everyone.

Final Thoughts

So the takeaways? Getting in the mood requires a lot more than 🦪 and a box of. 🍫
It’s a fine balance between your mental state and physical health, both of which can be affected by what you eat. But it goes a lot further than that. There is no magic food or pill that’ll turn you on, but eating nutritious food will give your body the supplies it needs to do its best, and in the end, that’s what you really want for a sustainably fulfilling sex life.

The articles published by &BAM are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. If you have any medical questions or concerns, you should contact your doctor.


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