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Aphrodisiacs - How They Can Improve Your Libido?

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Dr. Rahul Gupta 94% (21250 ratings)
MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani  •  11 years experience
Aphrodisiacs - How They Can Improve Your Libido?

An aphrodisiac is a substance such as food, drink, music, scent, behavior that can enhance one’s sexual desire when consumed. Most popular aphrodisiac foods include hot chilli, figs, oysters, avocado, chocolate, asparagus, coffee, honey, etc. Incorporating some of these ingredients or making them, a part of your diet is known to enhance your libido as they contain ingredients as well as minerals like zinc that enhance the production of the testosterone hormone hence enhancing sperm development.

Around the world, people are defining aphrodisiacs as culinary delights that produce a physiological effect on the body, for example, pepper is known to increase one’s body temperature, which stimulates nerve endings on the tongue. Stimulation of the nerve endings releases epinephrine that increases the heart rate and releases endorphins, which act on the opiate receptors in the brains, to reduce pain and boost pleasure, especially when having sex. The addition of ingredients such as ginger also gives a tingling sensation to the tongue and plumps the lips enhancing the sexual appeal.

Alcohol, especially red wine and champagne are an aphrodisiac that physically affects the body. Red wine is a powerful antioxidant, gained from resveratrol compound from the skins of grapes helps to reduce inflammation getting your blood pumping and in the mood for sex. It also enhances blood flow, especially in the genitals and has an aroma, which stimulates the brain. Therefore, making a plateful of love such as fresh oysters served at ocean side with a glass of wine will help put you in the mood for a night of pleasure. Serving a platter of oysters eaten as a communal food is seductive on its own. Oysters are rich in zinc that is important in the production of testosterone and sperm. Oysters also contain a brain chemical called dopamine, which increases desire.

Serving a plateful of salmon with asparagus over the fragrant grains of jasmine rice can go a long way in enhancing your libido. Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps your libido by facilitating the supply of the building blocks for the production of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Asparagus contains vitamin E that increases blood and oxygen flow to the genitals. It also contains high levels of potassium, which enhances the production of sex hormone.

Furthermore, incorporating some fruits into your salads such as avocado, bananas with desserts including chocolate also helps enhance your libido. Avocados and bananas have high levels of folic acid, vitamin B9 and vitamin B6, which helps increase testosterone production and provides the body with the energy required during sex. Chocolate also contains a stimulant that elicits excitement.

Gokshura or Gokhru (Tribulus Terrestris), Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) and Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus) are some of the Ayurvedic medicines which can solve the problem of low libido effectively.

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