Food of Love

Tweak­ing your diet could be all it takes to give your li­bido a lift

Reader's Digest (India) - - Rd Food - BY SU­SAN­NAH HICK­LING

Try se­duc­tive saf­fron Food sci­en­tist and aphro­disiac skep­tic Mas­simo Mar­cone from the Univer­sity of Guelph, Canada, was shocked to dis­cover that stud­ies main­tain­ing that saf­fron makes you sexy ac­tu­ally held up to scru­tiny. “Not only does saf­fron ap­pear to have aphro­disiac prop­er­ties both for men and for women,” he says, “but it also helps with anx­i­ety, in­som­nia, PMS and in­sulin re­sis­tance.” The spice con­tains sev­eral an­tiox­i­dants be­lieved to in­crease sex­ual de­sire, which might ex­plain why Cleopa­tra bathed us­ing it be­fore meet­ing her lovers, and Ro­mans sprin­kled it on the beds of new­ly­weds.

Fancy a cof­fee? It could give you more than a caf­feine hit. A 2005 study from South­west­ern Univer­sity, Texas, found that cof­fee, es­pe­cially if you don’t drink it reg­u­larly, can stim­u­late the parts of the brain that reg­u­late sex­ual arousal.

Won­ders of wa­ter­melon Who would have thought that the 8% of wa­ter­melon that isn’t wa­ter con­tains a sub­stance that could send you rac­ing to the bed­room? Ac­cord­ing to re­search from Texas A&M Univer­sity, USA, it con­tains the phy­tonu­tri­ent citrulline, which con­verts to an amino acid that re­laxes blood ves­sels. So it may help im­prove blood flow to erec­tile tis­sue.

Turn-on seafood The power of oys­ters to turn you on is a cliché. But there’s no doubt they’re high in zinc, which can trig­ger a surge in sex hor­mones, plus they con­tain two rare amino acids. Joint Amer­i­can-Ital­ian re­search found that giv­ing th­ese amino acids to rats in­creased testos­terone in the males and pro­ges­terone in fe­males—both hor­mones are as­so­ci­ated with greater sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.

Yes to curd Re­searchers from Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy found that male mice fed curd with pro­bi­otics had larger tes­ti­cles. They also pro­duced more off­spring. Mean­while, yo­gurt-eat­ing fe­males had big­ger lit­ters.

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