Food of Love
Tweaking your diet could be all it takes to give your libido a lift
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.