The human mind is complex and many factors determine your hormone levels. Some foods are considered aphrodisiacs, which get their name from the ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, and increase sexual desire. To make things even better, we have a list of vegan aphrodisiacs that not only help your sex life but the planet as well! Here are six different vegan foods to increase your libido and sex drive.
This plant, native to Central Peru, has been used to treat different ailments. One thing it has been used to treat is sexual desire. According to Medline Plus, “Early research shows that taking a specific maca product daily for 12 weeks can increase sexual desire in healthy men.”
2. Pumpkin Seeds
Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, M.D., a weight-loss expert, and author of What Doctors Eat explains that “Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc, which boosts testosterone.” She goes on to say, “Not only is this great for men, but studies have shown women with high levels of testosterone have a greater sex drive. Zinc works to block the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen.”
Consulting nutritionist from Providence, Rhode Island, Mary Hartley says, “Figs are high in zinc and magnesium, two nutrients needed to make testosterone and other sex hormones.” She continues, “Although not well documented, figs may also enhance the secretion of pheromones, the chemicals we make to attract mating partners. But the fig’s appearance may be the biggest reason for its aphrodisiac claims.”
Batia says, “Studies have shown that a daily intake of pomegranate juice led to increased testosterone levels in women and men, reduced stress levels, and increased mood.” The antioxidants in the juice of the fruit also help improve mood and blood circulation, along with increasing testosterone production.
These fruits are high in folic acid and vitamin B6, these two vitamins help with keeping your stamina up. Andy Bellatti, R.D., a Las Vegas-based dietitian, adds “Though the mechanism is not entirely clear, current research suggests that monounsaturated fats help to increase testosterone production.”
6. Cacao (Chocolate)
Dark chocolate, in particular, releases those “feel-good” chemicals that are released during sex. There’s ancient folklore saying that the old Aztec ruler Montezuma used to drink up to 50 cups of a chocolate drink before heading to the bedroom with a woman.