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These 5 natural aphrodisiacs are backed by science and will help ease your libido-induced woes

Want to spice up things in bed? Well, give these natural aphrodisiacs a try. The best part? They are probably in your kitchen right now.
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Yes, pomegranate is an aphrodisiac. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aishwarya Chopra Updated: 1 Apr 2020, 12:06 pm IST
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Aren’t food and sex considered two of the most pleasurable experiences of human life? Now, imagine foods that give you pleasure. Yes, we are talking about, aphrodisiacs-the magical potions that arouse sexual desire and help increase sexual pleasure and performance.

Now when we say aphrodisiac, we’re sure the first image that pops up in your mind is that of chocolate-covered strawberries. Sadly, this mythical image doesn’t have any scientific credibility, no matter what pop culture says. While there are a lot of foods that might claim to help you spice things up, yet their libido-boosting claims aren’t scientifically well supported.

Although, fear not! Here is a list of five natural aphrodisiacs, backed by science,  that you probably have in your kitchen right now

1. Methi
Methi or fenugreek has been a staple in our desi diet since forever. In Ayurveda, it is revered for its anti-inflammatory and libido-boosting prowess.

Say yes to fenugreek or methi seeds to boost your libido. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

In studies done by the US National Library of Medicine and Korean Journal of Food Science and Technology, it was found that the herb, methi appears to contain specific compounds that seep into the body and help in the balanced production of both sex hormones, oestrogen, and testosterone.

Methi is the desi magic potion that can help increase sexual desire and arousal in both men and women. Although people who consume blood-thinning medicines or are undergoing treatment for hormone-sensitive cancer must avoid its consumption.

These fancy nuts have been consumed since 6000 BC. It’s primarily rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. These little nuggets have various health benefits like lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart diseases, and even reducing some extra kilos. Although the power of pistachio nuts as an aphrodisiac lies in its ability to reduce the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

A study titled, Pistachio Diet Improves Erectile Function Parameters, suggests that pistachios can improve blood cholesterol and stimulate better blood flow throughout the body. This might help in slowly dissolving the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

3. Saffron
While saffron is known to bring a fragrant colour to your milk, it can bring colour to your sex life as well. Interestingly, saffron is known as an alternative remedy for treating stress and depression.

It’s the biggest potential as an aphrodisiac, lies in its libido-inducing properties for individuals suffering from depression. In two studies featured in the US National Library of Medicine, it was found that men who consumed 30 mg of saffron each day for four weeks experienced an improvement in erectile function.

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Saffron will definitely improve your sex life. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

In its women’s follow-up study, it was reported that similar amounts of saffron consumption made women experience higher levels of arousal and increased lubrication.

Also, read: For the love of your libido, read this quick guide on what you need to know about female sexual desire

4. Watermelon
Did you know watermelon is known as natural viagra? Well if you enjoy this summer fruit, why not use it to set the mood in bed?

In a study featured in the US National Library of Medicine on the Determination of Citrulline in Watermelon Rind, it was found that watermelon is a rich-source of non-essential amino acids citrulline. Much like its apparent drugstore counterpart, the phytonutrient citrulline relaxes and dilates blood vessels.

Although it is significant to note that it’s most concentration lies in the watermelon’s rind. Thankfully, you can pickle the rind or make it into chutney to reap its benefits.

5. Pomegranate
The goddess of love, Aphrodite made pomegranate as the culinary symbol of Aphrodite during the times of ancient Greece. The multiple little seeds inside the pomegranate have been seen as a symbol of fertility and abundance.

In a study done by Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, it was found that regular consumption of pomegranate juice lowers the stress hormone, cortisol. In the reduction of stress hormones impact, it increases its libido-boosting potency.

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Incorporate pomegranate into your diet to improve your libido. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The study found that two weeks of regular consumption of pomegranate juice significantly increased salivary testosterone levels in both men and women. In addition to the impact on testosterone, it positively impacts blood pressure, mood and reduces overwhelming anxiety and emotions.

Please note: If you choose to give these science-backed options a shot, it is integral to start with small dosages to prevent any health complications. Also, while aphrodisiacs can help spice up your sex life, they must be seen as just extra condiments and not as cures for any sexual health issues. For any sexual health problems, it’s best to pay a professional a visit.

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