Foods that Set the Mood

Foods that Set the Mood
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 30, 2012

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Are you just not in the mood lately? If sex is starting to feel more like a chore than a treat, the culprit could be one of many things, like stress at work or those darn bills. Surprisingly, one of the fastest way to give your libido a boost is to change your diet. Here’s a handy little guide to the foods with frisky benefits.

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Some fruits have way more than just nutritional value to offer you and your partner. Take watermelons for example. They contain an amino acid called citrulline that increases your sex drive by relaxing your blood vessels.

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If he’s coming over for a late night movie and snack, you may want to add avocados to the menu. They’re packed with vitamin E, which your body uses to produce estrogen and other hormones that help with lubrication.

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This one’s a no-brainer for sure: chocolate is the king of natural aphrodisiacs. It contains phenylethylamine, which is frequently known as “the love chemical,” because it releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain and peaks during orgasms.

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Their aroma is said to arouse passion, but technically speaking, scientists say that almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and even fiber, which can help with hormone stimulation.

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If you’re not using raw garlic when you cook, it’s time to add it to your seasoning lineup. Garlic contains allicin, which is thought to increase blood flow to sexual organs.

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Bananas aren’t just great cures for morning hangovers, they can do wonders for your sex drive too. If you want to have more intense orgasms look to these little yellow guys to give you a boost of potassium to increase your muscle strength.

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Want to make things really hot and spicy in the bedroom? Look to chilies to help get the job done. They’re loaded with capsaicin, a chemical that releases endorphins that feed your libido and help to increase blood flow.

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Histamine helps to increase sex drive, which Vitamin B helps produce. Asparagus is filed with Vitamin B and the perfect side dish for your next intimate dinner plans.