We all know that certain foods are good for setting the scene when it comes to getting down and dirty with your partner. Things like chocolate fondue and oysters have long been associated with sex. However, there are a lot more foods that can boost your sex drive, and the good news is that a lot of them can be found in your kitchen at home.
That's right, hidden in your cupboard/fridge/shelves might be something that will add some more spice and flavour to your sex life, which is never a bad thing, right? Take a look at the list below and start preparing your new shopping list!
Celery contains both androsterone and androstenol, which when they are digested, travel through our sweat glands and work to attract the opposite sex. Not done there though; celery also contains arginine, an amino acid that expands blood vessels in the same way that viagra does.
Watermelon relaxes your blood vessels and improves the blood flow to the sex organs, which could help increase your arousal. Maybe that's what Beyonce is on about when she sings "I've been drinking, watermelon".
3. Red Grapes
Red grapes are a great source of boron, which helps increase estrogen and testosterone levels in the body. In short, a boost to both of those will send energy to your sexual organs and put you in the mood sharpish.
Asparagus is packed full of vitamins A and C which help promote healthy skin and hair. Everybody knows that if you look good, you feel good, and if you're feeling good about yourself, you're much more likely to get into some spontaneous fun.
Bananas have long been associated with sex, purely because of their shape. However, they are also great for boosting your sex drive. The fruit is rammed full of potassium, something that is key for muscle contraction, which is also important for good quality sex. Bananas also help produce testosterone and studies show that women with higher sex drives have higher testosterone, so get chomping.
Not surprising really, is it? But why are Oysters so associated with sex? Well, they contain two amino acids that are found to have increased sex hormones in both men and women: D-aspartic acid and N-methyl-D-aspartate.
Napoleon used to eat truffles to boost his sexual prowess, and it's easy to see why. It turns out truffles contain zinc, which is key in order for our special areas to function correctly. However, if you can't get fresh truffles, truffle salt will do the trick as well!
One of the "superfoods" to feature on this list, walnuts are a great source of L-arginine, which converts into nitric oxide and keeps your arteries flexible, dilates your blood vessels and improves your blood flow which is hugely important for getting oxygen into your sex organs. Not only this, but walnuts can also strengthen a man's erection.
Although you may need to keep some breath mints nearby, garlic is great for increasing your sex drive. Due to it been full of allicin, garlic increases your blood flow, making everything super sensitive to touch. Not only this, but increased blood flow is brilliant for stronger erections and greater endurance.
10. Kidney Beans
Kidney beans are another food that is packed full of L-arginine and studies have shown that foods high in L-arginine improve female desire, satisfaction and frequency of sex. Next time you have a chili, be sure to chuck a whole can of kidney beans in!
11. Sweet Basil
Medieval prostitutes used to dab basil oil behind their ears in order to attract men, and the herb has been shown to increase sexual desires in males. However, inside the body, basil increases the blood flow around the body, which as we have seen previously, is good news for your sex life.
Figs are great for the digestive system, and great for you sex life too. The fruit is both high in zinc and magnesium, which are key in making testosterone and other sex hormones.
13. Dark chocolate
It's rumoured that the Aztec ruler Montezuma used to drink 50 cups of a chocolate drink before taking a woman to bed, however, you don't need that much to reap the benefits of the antioxidants found in chocolate. Simply buy some 60-70 per cent cocoa chocolate and eat a one-ounce serving of the stuff. Dark chocolate also releases the same chemicals as those released in sex, and they can help build the sexual desire in you and your partner.
Avocados are the "in" food right now, and have been for many years. However, while they are both tasty and nutritious, they are also full with vitamin B6 and folic acid, which help increase energy levels and enhance your libido.
Much like avocados, chickpeas are rammed full of B6 and help support healthy testosterone levels. So next time you're making a sandwich, be sure to spread some hummus on that bad boy!
Right, calm down guys, this is not an excuse to go out and neck a bottle of the good stuff. One or two glasses of wine will amp up your sexual desires, however, be careful not to over do it as alcohol is also a relaxant and is known for decreasing inhibitions.
Salmon is one of the most efficient sources of omega-3 which is key for the circulation of blood around your body. As you know already, a good blood flow leads to a better sex drive as all your sexual organs will be performing at their peak.
18. Chocolate milk
Our favourite childhood drink is also a great aid for helping us in the sack. Chocolate milk contains phenylethylamine, which is the same chemical produced by the brain when we fall in love, that goes someway to explaining our infatuation with the stuff.
There we have it, guys... 18 foods that will increase your performance in bed. Now I don't know about you, but I'm about to press confirm on, what appears to be on paper, a very healthy and exciting food shop.